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COMD1257 Typographic Design

Course Information

Course Number: COMD1257

Course Title: Typographic Design

Course Description:

Introduces a variety of basic layouts and formats for print and screen: the building blocks and technical fluency needed to solve the range of design problems using type. Basic typography skills, such as typeface selection and the use of typographical grids, are explored.

Prerequisite: COMD 1127 or 1167 Equivalent to old course ADV 1217 or COMD 2327

Credits / Hours: 2 cl hr, 2 lab hrs, 3 cr

Section Number: OL

Pre/Co-requisites: CUNY proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics or concurrent enrollment in ENG 092R, ESOL 022R or 032R; ENG 092W, ESOL 021W, or ESOL 031W; MAT 0630 or MAT 0650 as required

Class Meetings

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    • Live Class Sessions
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  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (as needed)

Faculty Information

Prof. NAME

Virtual Chat Office Hours:

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General Education Outcomes

General Education Outcome covered:How the outcome is covered:
Thinking Critically
The student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and apply reasoning to make valid inferences.
Students will develop their critical thinking by participating in class critiques, applying standards learned in class to their own work and that of classmates.
Social Interaction
The student will demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics.
Students will learn about professional ethics through discussion in class.
Lifelong Learning
The student will demonstrate an awareness of resources for continued lifelong learning.
Students will be directed towards resources and techniques of research they can use as references throughout their careers.

Teaching/Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Readings
  • Demonstrations
  • Assignments
  • Discussions
  • Tests

Technology Requirements

Reliable internate connection, class will be via Zoom or Blackborad Collaborate

Access to the Adobe CC (your own or the college’s one)

Additional Info here:


Details are under the schedule tab

Grading Policy

30% — Main projects and their presentations
40% — Assignments -homework
30% — Participation: Class Activities/Discussions
The detailed grading policy can be found on the Grading Policy page.

Class Etiquette & Netiquette

  • As this is an online course it is important that students establish weekly virtual participation.
  • All assignments need to be submitted on time as they are part of the online class sessions.
  • Proper attire, dress as for physical classes.
  • No profanity.
  • Learning online requires paying attention, especially with classmates unsure of when to speak. Conference apps, BlackBoard and Zoom, have a chat feature. If you have questions in class sessions type in the chat, or raise your hand.
  • Voice volume; most microphones can pick up your normal speaking voice, so you don’t need to yell. You do need speak clearly in a normal voice volume.
  • Mute your mic as needed to eliminate background noise when not speaking


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.

Recording Policy

Students who participate in this class with their camera on or use a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded solely for the purpose of creating a record for students enrolled in the class to refer to, including those enrolled students who are unable to attend live.  If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded.  If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the “chat” feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live.

Academic Integrity Policy

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 citation of 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 is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog

Course Activities

  • Projects – 2 main projects supported by homework assignments
  • Homework Assignments – Inserted in the the class pages on site.
  • Additional Activities
    • Instructor defines which activities to add for participation

Course Projects

Project 1
Book of Urban Legends: Type Problems and their solutions
Assignments include: grid, layouts of multiple pages, cover design

Project 2
Taste 5 / Logotype, restaurant review publication, if time permits web typography portion

Assignments include: Designing a wordmark, designing a multiple page publication with style sheets, understanding basics of web typography

Course Resources

Materials /Supplies

  • Computer with internet access and Adobe CC.
  • Cloud storage and Flash drive (any storage for your files)
  • Sketchbook for notes, ideas, process / pencils
  • Approximately $40 misc expenses (cloud, printing, art materials, etc)

Student Work Samples

Instructor reserves the right to keep reproductions of student work samples to feature on their professional website, as part of their teaching portfolio, and to illustrate points for future classes. Work will be credited.

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