A foundation course in typography

Category: Homework

Digital Chapbook Schedule

The schedule for the completion of the chapbook is as follows:

  • Mon 12/5 – type motion, page transitions, adding animation and importing media files
  • Wed 12/7 – class critique
  • Mon 12/12 – final digital chapbook due
  • Wed 12/14 – final exam prep
  • Mon 12/19 – final exam

Chap Book Progress

By this time you should be well on your way with your chapbooks. To help you stay on schedule, here is how we will proceed so we can finish on schedule.

  • Wednesday, Nov 16 – We ¬†have already reviewed your cover and you should be almost finished with your pages.
  • Monday, Nov 21 – You book should be ready for printing. You will get help in class on setting up for print.
  • Wednesday, Nov 23 – You will submit and b&w printed version along with the original color PDF file by the end of class. We begin to explore the possibilities for creating an interactive digital version of your chapbook
  • Monday, Nov ¬†28 –¬†Begin collecting and adding interactive content.

Homework – Magazine References

This is a reminder of the homework assignment that is due on Monday, Nov 7, 2016.

  • Go to a bookstore and look at magazines that cover topics that are similar to your topic. Look at the ones you like and make notes on what you like about them, note what the trends are. Take a few photos for reference. Create a document and with the photos and your comment notes.
  • On Monday, you have ¬†decided on a topic and title for your ChapBook. Bring in 5 thumbnail drawings for your ChapBook cover. Be prepared to begin working on it in class. Refer to this post, How to Draw Thumbnail Sketches, in case you missed.
  • Begin collecting material for your ChapBook.

During class, together we will build the master pages for your book.

New Project Specs: The Chap Book

Now that the Type Book is finished, we are ready to begin the next project. We will began this project in class, but here are the details so that you can make certain you stay on track.

  • Your Chap Book¬†project will be a 12-page booklet. This includes the cover.
  • It can be¬†¬†autobiographical or on a topic of your choice that you’re interested in. Please have your topic cleared by me.
  • All of the content will be your own. You will do the writing and the photos or illustrations or graphic elements.¬†Any content you find elsewhere must be properly created, otherwise that would be copyright infringement or plagiarism.
  • When you set up your pages in InDesign, the measurements are 5.5″x8.5″ (or 33picas x 51picas). This time your document will be set up as facing pages.
  • Remember to use a grid system to help you keep things organized and aligned. You will determine the number of columns for¬†your grid system.
  • We will begin learning the anatomy of magazine pages, so you are expected to use what you learn¬†in your Chap Book design.
  • When the design is complete, you will assemble the layout for printing, then staple down the center of the spine to create saddle-stitching.
  • You may print in black and white to save money, but your design will be in color.
  • After the print version, you will recreate your¬†design for interactive publishing¬†(with video, audio, etc) so that it can be read in a web browser or on a¬†tablet.


The Type Book – Putting it all Together

Here are a few things to add some clarity on assembling your type books, which are due completed by Monday, Oct 31, 2016.

The Cover

Using the entire page, create a balanced and well-conceived cover with the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Type & Media, COMD1167-D143
  • Professor Mary Brown
  • Typography Book (if you choose to add your character’s name that is up to you)


Other reminders

Once you are certain you have all the pages and they have been revised, then you can print them out. The page for Legibility: Type and Color should be printed in COLOR. You can have the printing done at Staples or FedEx if you don’t have access to a printer.

  • Print on one side only
  • 8.5″ x 11″ is the page size
  • If you have to print your files at Staples or FedEx, you will need to save your final files as PDF documents to print from.
  • Once all your pages are printed and assembled in the correct order, you have to get the binding done.
  • Get plastic/acetate for the cover (clear) and back (black).
  • Get coil binding
  • It may take more than 1 day to get your book bound, so don’t wait until the last minute.
  • You can refer to the previous post that includes the proper order of the pages. You can also download a copy of the handout.

Type Book Assembly and What to Include

Every type book exercise is to be included. All of the exercises are listed below, including the very last one, is a poster showing all that you’ve learned so far from this project. The titles are based on the assignment sheets. Some of those handouts included more than one exercise. Hopefully this list is clear. If you have question, please ask for clarification.

  • Front Cover
  • Anatomy
  • 5 Families (5 pages)
  • Variations (6 pages)
  • Alignment
  • Alignment 2
  • Leading (2 pages)
  • Tracking (2 pages)
  • Kerning
  • Type on a Path
  • Legibility (in color)
  • Type Color
  • Hierarchy
  • Grid (2 pages)
  • Pattern
  • Embellished Quote
  • Logotype
  • Putting it All Together Poster (a poster design that incorporates everything you have learned about typography. In the 5th¬†column, the Title will be Putting it All Together. You will use columns 1-4 only for your design)

These books will be printed out and bound along the short left edge, where we left space for such details. They should have a clear vinyl front cover and a black vinyl back cover with spiral binding along the left side. You can print the pages out in class, in lab or your own printer.¬†The only page printed in color is the Legibility: Type Color page. The spiral binding is done at Staples or FedEx Kinkos. Don’t wait until the last minute to get this done because they may require that you pick it up later.

The finished books are to be submitted no later than Monday, October 31, 2016.  All projects submitted late will have lowered grades.

Watch the documentary before class on Monday, Oct 17, 2016. You should take notes of the key points that you learn and be prepared to answer questions and discuss in class.


I my name is Niki Li and I have a Chinese name too which is FengYi Li. I like Ping-Pong (table tennis) very much and I played in PSAL last year. I am the top 6 single player in NYC.  I am in college now, but we still have our own group. Sometimes, we will go to play outside of school. Also, I like drawing and I have some experience in high school. I really enjoy it and love it. I like animals too, such as dogs, birds, and so on. I had three dogs before, and they are very cute. I treated them like a  my family. For some reason, the dogs got old and died. I don’t have any dogs right now because I don’t want to lose them, and feel very sad for their death. I did a topic about euthanasia for dogs in high school, and I think people should not do that because they have their life. I think no one wants to die even when they are very sick. No one wants death in life, but we always need to face it, even though we want to live longer for meaning. We are scared for death and dogs are too. So, I suggest we should not do that, even though it’s small animals. It’s very cruel to them.

Hello my name is Justine

My name is Justine Lee. I was born and raised in New York City. My parents are both from Hong Kong and came to the States at a very young age. I would say that I am determined, strong-hearted, ambitious, and a bit of a perfectionist. I just graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) with an Associates in Liberal Arts. At the City College of Technology, I hope to earn my Bachelors in Communication Design with a specialization in Graphic Design. I love playing volleyball and softball. I have been playing since my sophomore year in high school. When I was at BMCC, I was on the Varsity Volleyball Team for the 2 years I was attending. Also, I love drawing and creating new designs. At one point, I created my own T-shirt designs. I hope to get back into creating more designs in the near future.

In my free time, if I am not playing volleyball or hanging out with friends, I am catching up on my favorite shows. My favorite show is Game of Thrones. I also enjoy watching anime. HaikyŇę!! and Naruto Shippuden would have to be my top two favorites. After attaining my B. Tech, I aspire to get a job working for a big company like Nike or Adidas.¬†But for now, I‚Äôll be taking things one day at a time and will continue to grow with each day.

Furthermore, I would like to give credit to my classmate, Dante Lai-Fang for designing my name tag. Even though my name wasn’t easy to work with, he managed to incorporate everything I told him about me. This is an awesome and accurate name tag that describes who I am.