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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
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GDSN 130 - Typography

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s): GDSN 148  or GDSN 200 .
Corequisite(s): GDSN 148  or GDSN 200 .
Because the eye is trained to appreciate the sensibilities and subtleties of typographic conventions such as kerning, leading, style, and practice, in this course students will gain an understanding of the vocabulary surrounding letter forms and the design of text.  Symbolic communication inherent in different typefaces will also be explored.  Typographic relationships with other graphic elements will be investigated through brochures, posters and other two-dimensional projects. (Fall Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Discuss the history of typography.
  • Explain the basic principles of typography, including the selection and arrangement of tuype for effective legibility.
  • Develop effective arrangements of text, information and visuals with typographic elements.
  • Use common typographic terms (e.g.: leading, point size and kerning).
  • Identify letterform anatomy (e.g.: serif, ascender, bowl, ligature).
  • Produce work using a variety of tools and methods (e.g.: photocopy machine, computer, photography, hand rendering type).

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