Course outlineCOMD1127-TypeAndMedia-Syllabus-2018
(Please note: Outline may be adjusted as semester progresses. Students will be notified.)

Instructor: M. Genevieve Hitchings
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30PM and Wednesdays 2:30-3:30PM
Room N1127

Class meeting times: Tuesdays: 2:30pm – 5:00pm and Thursdays: 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Room P-111

Recommended Texts

  • A Type Primer by John Kane (there is a copy on reserve in the library)
  • Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton (and the website —
    Use it for reference and I will refer to it in class).


Journal – Sketchbook/ Scrapbook: An informal collection of clippings, images, and personal observations of real world typography: you will be asked to write several short pieces about your observations and provide relevant visual samples.

Type Manual Booklet – Your personal typography manual, constructed in InDesign: it illustrates fundamental typographic principles in a way that will hopefully be meaningful to you beyond this semester.

Visual Poetry Booklet – Here you will further explore the abstraction of typography as a design element and continue to work on readability and legibility of type in layout design.


60% — Main projects and their presentations
20% — Tests
20% — Participation/Journal

Teaching/Learning Method

  • Lectures & Demonstrations
  • Readings, Discussions, Critique and Assignments
  • Tests and quizzes
  • Show and Tell – happenings within the field (websites, magazines, nyc)
  • Review homework – I will collect digital assignments via ‘Dropbox’
  • In-class critique of work – provide feedback
  • In-class lab time to work on assignments

Everyone must sign-up for OpenLab:

Attendance (College) and Lateness
(Department) Policies

Attendance is taken and is important to success in this class. Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be marked. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that he or she may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower grade.

Academic Integrity Standards

Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions, and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting, and citing sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the College recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and at New York City College of Technology and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion.


I reserve the right to change the syllabus or grading formula as need be, given the composition and progress of the class. I will notify you about these changes in writing on the website and orally in class as soon as I make them, giving you time to adjust your approach if need be. I reserve the right to take pictures and video of our work in class, although I will not publish images or footage of you publicly. I also reserve the right to keep samples of your work to feature on my professional website, as part of my teaching portfolio, and to illustrate points for future classes.





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