Princeton University
Visual Arts Program
VIS 215, T-y-p-o-g-r-a-p-h-y
Mondays, 1:30–4:20 pm
Fall 2020
This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies. Class readings provide the raw material for a sequence of hands-on typesetting exercises which punctuate the class weekly. Metal letterpess typesetting, photo-typesetting, and digital typesetting will be covered through online demonstration sessions. This semester online, the class will also further explore the typographic future by engaging and designing novel electronic text entry interfaces and decoding a fictional alien typography.
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September 7, 2020
Introduction

Reading
A-Man-of-Letters.pdf (Oliver Sacks)
Charlottes-Web.pdf (E.B. White)

Resources
Type Rubric

Visitor
Peter Kazantsev
September 14, 2020
A Pair of Postmasters

Readings
Apology-for-Printers.pdf (Benjamin Franklin)
The-Crystal-Goblet.pdf (Beatrice Warde)

Resources
Mechanick Exercises
Several Fonts of Type
Beatrice Warde on Type Radio

Visitor
Peter Kazantsev
September 21, 2020
Farewell Etoin Shrdlu

Reading
Elements-of-Typographic-Style.pdf (Robert Bringhurst)

Resources
September 28, 2020
Raytracing, or Alphabets of Light

Reading
The-New-Typography.pdf (László Moholy-Nagy)

Resources
October 5, 2020
T is for Tree

Reading
The-Shape-of-Words-Poems-and-Telegrams.pdf (Bruno Munari)

Resources
MunArt — Bruno Munari archive
Obvious Code

Visitors
Joe Scanlan, Eric Li
October 19, 2020
Neeta Patel’s Handwriting

Readings

Visitor
Neeta Patel
October 26, 2020
This stands as a sketch for the future.

Readings
Visible-Wisdom.pdf (Janet Abrams)

Resources
The New Graphic Languages.txt
November 2, 2020
Ground Writing

Reading
Ground-Writing.pdf (David Reinfurt)

Resources
Chinese input methods for computers
U Can’t Touch This
November 9, 2020
Adam, Why Arial?

Readings
Adam-Why-Arial.pdf (David Reinfurt)

Resources
What is American about Black Dada
The Studio of Adam Pendleton

Visitor
Adam Pendleton
November 23, 2020
Final

Reading
Habit.pdf (William James)

Visitor
TBD
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