typography for the artist

all levels (open elective)
kansas city art institute

3 credit hour studio course
6 contact hours per week

“Type for the Artist” visually explores both the pragmatic and expressive potential of letters and words. Exercises are designed to equip artists with an understanding of letterforms and their anatomy including design, classifications, history, making font selections, basic hierarchy, layout and digital typesetting tools. Students leveraged their preferred art medium as a vehicle to execute projects and meaningfully integrate typographic fundamentals into their work.

key skills

  • color theory
  • print typography
  • digital typography
  • photography & image making
  • identity
  • production

course objectives

  • Identify typographic characteristics & connotations
  • Illustrate an understanding of typographic characteristics & connotations
  • Appropriately use, identify, and diagram typographic terminology
  • Verbalize your understanding of typographic characteristics, design elements, and design principles during a critique
  • Effectively utilize type as elements or units of composition
  • Create, alter, enhance or distort meaning through typographic composition
  • Collaborate to creatively solve a problem
  • Utilize type as elements or units of composition
  • Create, alter, enhance or distort meaning through context and medium
  • Employ consistent typographic standards through a series of works
  • Thoughtfully and appropriately incorporate typography into your major studio practice

projects

  • letterform explorations
    • 1.1 type is everywhere
    • 1.2 type has character
    • 1.3 type has anatomy
  • typographic metaphor
  • proposed type project