2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

IDESN 3250 Type & Letterpress

The purpose of this course is to learn how to work with large amounts of text, respecting both the content and the structure of the page, while refining the art of “setting” type. This course will introduce students to the materials and manual technique of the letterpress process as a means for typographic design. Using type and materials in the LA+D shop, students will be introduced to, and encouraged to consider the design potentials that result from working within the limitations of the process and materials at hand, and how those limitations influenced the appearance of design. This will be a studio experience that balances hands-on typographic activity with examination, and discussion of historic materials to inform more sophisticated typographic sensibilities while also making solid the architectonic nature of type that continues to define and underlay digital page structure.