COMD1167 Type & Media, SP2018

This is a foundation course in typography with an emphasis on using type for a multiple of industry related applications.

Category: Homework

Project #3 – Magazine Spread

The last major project of the semester is the magazine spread. During the last class, we learned about the anatomy of a magazine layout. Please download the handout if you didn’t get one in class.

Here is the assignment:

  • Design a magazine article: 4 pages, 2 spreads
  • The trim size is 8.5″x11
  • Topic
    Choice A: snowboarding – the text and photos have been provided for you.
    Choice B: a topic of your own, but it must be approved by the instructor first. You will be responsible for providing the text and photos for the assignment.
  •  Requirements include use of grid, headers, subheads, dropcaps, indents, columns, page numbers, images, captions, margins, gutters.

This project will be done is phases. The first phase will be your brainstorming and research to determine your topic. You will then sketch ideas for a possible layout. After that we will do a style guide and begin the first draft layout.

 

Due Monday, April 30:

  • Your topic and rough sketch ideas for your layout. Begin to collect your text and imagery if you will be doing your own topic.  You would be ready to begin your style guide
  • Find two pages from a same publication. These must share a grid, but have different layouts
  • Bring in examples of 2 different magazine spreads. These must share a grid, but have different layouts

Here are a few links to information we looked at in class:

Creating a Magazine Style Guide: Design

Hierarchy of Typography

 

 

 

 

Project #2 – Design a Poster

We are now working on our second project. This project should be fun and give you an opportunity to incorporate all that you’ve learned so far about typography and basic graphic design. This project will be graded on those points. If you didn’t get the design assignment in class, download a copy here.

On Monday, April 9, 2018, be prepared to present your initial sketch ideas. We will do this first thing when class begins, so don’t come to class and begin to do your sketches for the first time. Not having computer access will not hinder your ability to do the sketches. You should have a full page of thumbnail sketches and then another page that has 3-4 sketches of your best ideas. From those 3-4 sketches we will be able to determine which will make a better design layout for your project.

One of the main emphasis of this project will be use of the grid system and hierarchy. Here is a video what may give you more insight into developing hierarchy in your poster design.

 

In case you’re still a bit unsure about doing thumbnail sketches, here is a video that previous students have found to be helpful. Please note, the tutorial is done on a computer for the sake of recording, but you will be using pencil or pen and paper.

 

The Type Book: Assembly Instructions

If you didn’t get the handouts with the instructions for the type books, here they are again. Every type book exercise is to be included. All of the exercises are listed below and should appear in your book in this order. 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 questions, please ask for clarification. Use the handouts as a guide for the number of pages included for each exercise

  • Front Cover
    (Create a cover page that includes, the title of the project, your name, Type & Media, COMD1167-D146, Spring 2o18, my name.)
  • 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)
  • Hierarchy
  • Grid (2 pages)

Your type book  is to be printed out (8.5″x11″ pages) and bound along the left edge where we left space for such details. The book is printed horizontal. Use a clear vinyl (acetate) 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 on 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 the next day.

The finished books are to be submitted no later than Monday, April 9, 2018.  All projects submitted late will have lowered grades by 5%.

Homework – Due Mon 3/12

Complete the following Type Book pages:

Typebook – Type on a Path

Typebook – Legibility

Homework – Due Wed, 2/28

Homework – Due Wed, 2/28

  • Type Book—Weight & Variations exercise that was handed out in class. You can download an extra copy here.

Homework – Due Tues 2/20

The Type Book

  • Complete the Type Book exercise that we began in class: Anatomy and Letterform
  • Finish tracing your phrase, making sure you pay attention to the letter-spacing and leading.
  • Bring tracing pads and pens.

Homework – Due Wed 2/14

Finish tracing the cut out letterforms we began in class on Wednesday, Feb 7.

  • Use one sheet of tracing paper and draw a very light line in the center of the page. Use ruler so the line is straight. This will be your baseline. This page is horizontal (landscape).
  • Using 3-5 of the cut out letters, trace them to create a word, paying attention to letterspacing and kerning.
  • Label at least 5 parts of the anatomy. Refer to the Type Anatomy sheet that was distributed in class.
  • Be neat.

Since there is no class on Monday, Feb 12, now is a good time to complete the other homework assignments so you don’t get behind.

Homework – Due Wed 2/7

Type Journal

Search for examples of actual typefaces and how they are specifically used.

  • Find examples of work that use typefaces belonging to each of the five families of type that we discussed in class. In what scenario are they used?
  • For example: a typeface that belongs to the Modern classification of type that was used on a heading for an ad. Do this for each of the 5 families. You can use photos of type you find in your travels or cut out from magazines or flyers you see.

Homework – Due Mon 2/5

Type Journal
Take 20-30 pictures of type in your neighborhood, write a 1 page paper on what that typography tells you about your neighborhood, print it and add it to your type journal.

Required Supplies
Be sure to bring your tracing pad, markers and ruler also.

Homework – Due Wed 1/31

• Purchase the required materials listed on the Syllabus and bring them to class

• Take a photo of your name tag, post it, with a brief bio about you, on the OpenLab site. No more then 1-2 paragraphs. Please title your post Hi, I’m (your name)