Parsons: Typography


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Students are introduced to typography and information design then compile and evaluate, presenting their research in an interesting and effective visual manner.

For the first project, the class creates a timeline representing the history of typography from 3,000 B.C. to the present. Each student is assigned a specific period in which to research cultural and technological developments which run parallel to the evolution of typography and to present the information using design principles. The class is organized so that each individual section of the timeline coheres with the whole design. Each student’s section of the timeline is created in InDesign;
mounted on a board and pieced together to create one class timeline.

For the second project, Each student creates a graphic portrait of a typeface in poster format learning how to set type, using different fonts and font weights.