Creative Typography

GENERAL INFORMATION+

Creative Typography (CT), optional course

Summary of the subject contents: Individual work on a real assignment. Analysing typographic use. Case studies. Discussions. Synthesis. Innovative and experimental use of typefaces. Concept and design of typefaces for different media: web, print, letterpress. Cultural, social and economic aspects of creative typographic activities.

Subject Obligations+
  • Subject should be attended on time.
  • Products must be delivered to agreed deadlines.
  • The subject requires the presence of 80%.
  • In case of insufficient attendance, the course cannot be completed in the academic year 2021/2022.
  • The final grade of the subject (100%) is composed as follows:
    presence 20%, exam questions 10%, products 50%, presentation 20%.
Seminar+

The Seminar takes place on Tuesdays between 4 pm and 8 pm (P-006).

5th of Oct. Typography repetition of concepts
Lettering semester assignment
12th of Oct. Front and Back shape, surrounding, relationship
19th of Oct. Consistency script, convention, gestalt, specifications
26th of Oct. Colours ripple, visibility, culture
2nd of Nov. Details concept, merging, consistency, features
9th of Nov. Layers appearance, graphic design, art
16th of Nov. Typefaces meaning, representation
23rd of Nov. Rhythm ductus, proportion, rhythm, contrast
30th of Nov. Rhetorics expressiveness, neutrality, usability
7th of Dec. Brumen (presentation) Hana Cirman
Elements legality and recommendations
14th of Dec. Art History lecture by dr. Erika Bordon
21st of Dec. Consultations by appointment
4th of Jan. Consultations by appointment
11th of Jan. Consultations group
Weekly Assignments+

1. Digitization of handwritten record [till October 19th]

Find the best approximation of your record based on 20 signatures. Digitize your handwriting in a way that you can use it on keyboards. You are not limited to using a specific program. The result is a file (e.g. .otf) that can be installed on the computer so it can be used forwriting. Ensures the adequacy of thicknesses, ligatures and clarity of signature. Prepare an analysis of record based on the parameters of the TypeCooker. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 01_ena folder by the above date (01_surrname_name).

2. State in nature [till November 2nd]

Compose state name on the basis of natural forms. Find motifs (in nature, urban environment…) that will represent the letters forms of state and compose them. It is not meant to compose objects and create record of the state. Natural forms should represent the appropriate letters for the composition of the record. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 02_dva folder by the above date (02_surrname_name).

3. Consistent records [till October 26th]

Write a state/capital. Write the word twenty times, making sure that the letters are as consistent as possible; the length (width) of the word does not vary too much, the letters are evenly connected, the smallest possible deviations in the thickness of individual letters… Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 03_tri folder by the above date (03_surrname_name).

4. State colors [till November 9th]

Determine the colours of the state that best describes or defines state. Select the colour(s) and use it to create (handwritten) sign. There is no need for the written word to be accurate, the use of colour and contrast that you will create is important. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 04_štiri folder by the above date (04_surrname_name).

5. Modularity [till November 16th]

Select / specify 4 elements from which you will compose letters that will represent the state (they can be only lowercase, only uppercase or a combination). Each element can be repeated for letters, but make sure that each letter contains at least two elements / modules. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 05_pet folder by the above date (05_surrname_name).

6. Layers form state [till November 23rd]

Choose a colour and its variations. By overlapping the selected colour, create linear letters that will give the state name. The most important thing in the task is not the appropriate ratio of letters or correctness of letters. Above all, it is important that the overlapping layers give the printed word. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 06_šest folder by the above date (06_surrname_name).

7. Typeface purpose [till November 30th]

In different publications/web pages find 4 words that will be related or will illustrate information, identity, community, and function. Words should differ in typeface selection, font, size, colour… Cut out/print screen the words and prepare a thought pattern in the form of a collage (A5) and state your findings next to each word (why the choice of a particular word, properties of letters used, evaluation…). Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 07_sedem folder by the above date (07_surrname_name).

8. Counterform [till December 7th]

Draw the counterforms that will make up state name. Counterforms can come from different groups of typefaces (serif/sans serif, linear…). Try to coordinate the counterforms as well as possible so that the letters and the state can be deduced from them. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 08_osem folder by the above date (08_surrname_name).

9. Functionality and semantics [till December 14th]

Do research and find examples of typefaces (four for each category, a total of eight) that have high functional and semantic value. Examples should come from the everyday things and must be connected with the state. Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 09_devet folder by the above date (09_surrname_name).

10. Combinations [till January 11th]

Choose three typefaces and combine them appropriately. It is necessary to create a combination within one family and a combination between different families. Perform an analysis and justify why it is appropriate to combine certain typefaces.Submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 10_deset folder by the above date (10_surrname_name).

11. Exhibition [till January 19th]

  • poster (B2 format, 500×707 mm), where all the products that you have made as part of the course will be presented (arrange the products, for example, chronologically or in another appropriate and understandable way);
  • add a 5 mm bleed to the poster and make sure the export to pdf format is correct;
  • oddano datoteko poimenujte priimek_ime_P.pdf;
  • submit to OneDrive in the Oddaja_UT_21_22, Tedenske naloge, 11_enajst folder by the above date (11_surrname_name).

Poster should contain a colophon: Name and surname | University of Ljubljana | Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering | Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design | Chair of Information and Graphic Arts Technology | Creative Typography, 2021/2022 | Mentor: Nace Pušnik.

Semester Assignment (SLO, UL)+

As part of the semester assignment, plan, forms and design the letters necessary to write down selected U.S. state in English. Letters should be tilted in the direction of accidental / decorative / display (letters of special shapes, eg: hollow, dashed, deleted, decorated, shaded, doubled or multiplied strokes, stencilled …). Investigate the characteristics that are typical of the selected state (cultural, historical, industrial…) and include them in the produced letters. You will use the letters to display the state shape without the borders.

List of states:

Official name Printout The capital The biggest city Student
1 State of Alabama Alabama Montgomery Birmingham 32021215
2 State of Alaska Alaska Juneau Anchorage 32021260
3 State of Arizona Arizona Phoenix Phoenix 32021249
4 State of Arkansas Arkansas Little Rock Little Rock 32020232
5 State of California California Sacramento Los Angeles 32021156
6 State of Colorado Colorado Denver Denver 32020212
7 State of Connecticut Connecticut Hartford Bridgeport
8 State of Delaware Delaware Dover Wilmington
9 State of Florida Florida Tallahassee Jacksonville 32020189
10 State of Georgia Georgia Atlanta Atlanta 32021222
11 State of Hawaii Hawaii Honolulu Honolulu 32020196
12 State of Idaho Idaho Boise Boise 32020220
13 State of Illinois Illinois Springfield Chicago
14 State of Indiana Indiana Indianapolis Indianapolis
15 State of Iowa Iowa Des Moines Des Moines
16 State of Kansas Kansas Topeka Wichita 32016206
17 Commonwealth of Kentucky Kentucky Frankfort Louisville 32021254
18 State of Louisiana Louisiana Baton Rouge New Orleans
19 State of Maine Maine Augusta Portland
20 State of Maryland Maryland Annapolis Baltimore 32020233
21 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Massachusetts Boston Boston 32021173
22 State of Michigan Michigan Lansing Detroit
23 State of Minnesota Minnesota Saint Paul Minneapolis 32021234
24 State of Mississippi Mississippi Jackson Jackson
25 State of Missouri Missouri Jefferson City Kansas City 32021220
26 State of Montana Montana Helena Billings 32020213
27 State of Nebraska Nebraska Lincoln Omaha 23212122
28 State of Nevada Nevada Carson City Las Vegas 32020226
29 State of New Hampshire New Hampshire Concord Manchester
30 State of New Jersey New Jersey Trenton Newark
31 State of New Mexico New Mexico Santa Fe Albuquerque 32021223
32 State of New York New York Albany New York 32020244
33 State of North Carolina North Carolina Raleigh Charlotte
34 State of North Dakota North Dakota Bismarcka Fargo
35 State of Ohio Ohio Columbus Columbus
36 State of Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma City Oklahoma City 32021185
37 State of Oregon Oregon Salem Portland 32021131
38 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Harrisburg Philadelphia
39 State of Rhode Island Rhode Island Providence Providence
40 State of South Carolina South Carolina Columbia Columbia 32020205
41 State of South Dakota South Dakota Pierre Sioux Falls
42 State of Tennessee Tennessee Nashville Memphis
43 State of Texas Texas Austin Houston
44 State of Utah Utah Salt Lake City Salt Lake City
45 State of Vermont Vermont Montpelier Burlington
46 Commonwealth of Virginia Virginia Richmond Virginia Beach 32020264
47 State of Washington Washington Olympia Seattle 32020235
48 State of West Virginia West Virginia Charleston Charleston
49 State of Wisconsin Wisconsin Madison Milwaukee 32020221
50 State of Wyoming Wyoming Cheyenne Cheyenne
Semester Assignment (KS, WSU)+

As part of the semester assignment, plan, forms and design the letters necessary to write down selected European Country in English. Letters should be tilted in the direction of accidental / decorative / display (letters of special shapes, eg: hollow, dashed, deleted, decorated, shaded, doubled or multiplied strokes, stencilled …). Investigate the characteristics that are typical of the selected country (cultural, historical, industrial…) and include them in the produced letters. You will use the letters to display the country shape without the borders.

List of European countries:

Official name Official language Printout The capital
1 Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն

[Hayastani Hanrapetut’yun]
Armenian
Armenia Yerevan
2 Republika e Shqipërisë
Albanian
Albania Tirana
3
Principat d’Andorra
Italian
Andorra Andorra la Vella
4
Republik Österreich
German
Austria Vienna
5 Рэспубліка Беларусь

Республика Беларусь
Belarus
Russian
Belarus Minsk
6 Koninkrijk België
Royaume de Belgique

Königreich Belgien
Dutch
French
German
Belgium Brussels
7 Bosna i Hercegovina
Bosna i Hercegovina
Босна и Херцеговина
Bosnian
Croatian
Serbian
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo
8 Република България Bulgarian Bulgaria Sofia
9 Republika Hrvatska Croatian Croatia Zagreb
10 Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία

Kıbrıs Cumhuriyeti
Greek
Turkish
Cyprus Nicosia
11 Česká Republika Czech Czechia Prague
12 Kongeriget Danmark Danish Denmark Copenhagen
13 Eesti Vabariik Estonian Estonia Tallinn
14 Suomen Tasavalta Finnish Finland Helsinki
15 République Française French France Paris
16 Bundesrepublik Deutschland German Germany Berlin
17 საქართველო [Sakartvelo] Georgia Georgia Tbilisi
18 Ελληνική Δημοκρατία [Ellinikí Dimokratía] Greek Greece Athens
19 Magyarország Hungarian Hungary Budapest
20 Ísland Icelandic Iceland Reykjavik
21 Éire Irish Ireland Dublin
22 Repubblica Italiana Italian Italy Rome
23 Republika e Kosovës

Република Косово
Albanian
Serbian
Kosovo Pristina
24 Latvijas Republika Latvian Latvia Riga
25 Fürstentum Liechtenstein German Lichtenstein Vaduz
26 Lietuvos Respublika Lithuanian Lithuania Vilnius
27 Groussherzogtum Lëtzebuerg
Grand-Duché de Luxembourg

Großherzogtum Luxemburg
Luxembourgish
French
German
Luxembourg Luxembourg
28 Repubblika ta’ Malta Maltese Malta Valletta
29 Republica Moldova Romania Moldova Chişinău
30 Principauté de Monaco French Monaco Monaco
31 Црна Гора [Crna Gora] Montenegrin Montenegro Podgorica
32 Nederland Dutch Netherlands Amsterdam
33 Republika Severna Makedonija
Република 
Северна Македонија

Republika e Maqedonisë së Veriut
Macedonian
Serbian
Albanian
North Macedonia Skopje
34 Kongeriket Norge
Kongeriket Noreg
Bokmål
Nynorsk
Norway Oslo
35 Rzeczpospolita Polska Polish Poland Warsaw
36 República Portuguesa
Portuguese
Portugal Lisbon
37 România
Romanian
Romania Bucharest
38 Российская Федерация [Rossiyskaya Federatsiya] Russian Russia Moscow
39 Repubblica di San Marino Italian San Marino San Marino
40 Република Србија [Republika Srbija]
Serbian Serbia Belgrade
41 Slovenská Republika Slovak Slovakia Bratislav
42 Republika Slovenija Slovenian Slovenia Ljubljana
43 Reino de España
Regne d’Espanya
Espainiako Erresuma
Reino de España
Reiaume d’Espanha
Spanish
Catalan
Basque
Galician
Occitan
Spain Madrid
44 Konungariket Sverige Swedish Sweden Stockholm
45 Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft
Confédération Suisse
Confederazione Svizzer
Confederaziun Svizra

Confoederatio Helvetica
German
French
Italian
Romanish
Latin
Switzerland Bern
46 Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Turkish Turkey Ankara
47 Україна [Ukraina] Ukrainian Ukraine Kiev
48 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland English United Kingdom London
49 Stato della Città del Vaticano Italian Vatican City Vatican City
Final Assignment+

The final assignment consists of a diary, a presentation and an oral exam.

  • The diary and the presentation should have a uniform visual identity.
  • The diary should be in the form of an e-book (pdf) and comprise up to 20 pages.
  • It presents an overview of the work on the subject.
  • At your own discretion and choice, you display important and interesting design levels in the diary.
  • Give short comments next to the products.
  • The recommended closed log format is A5.

The diary and presentation (both in pdf) must be uploaded to OneDrive (Izpit_UT_21_22) by the January 19. Files submitted to Google Drive should NOT contain printing marks (crop marks, bleed marks, registration marks, color bars, page information).

Diary and presentation should contain a colophon: Name and surname | University of Ljubljana | Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering | Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design | Chair of Information and Graphic Arts Technology | Creative Typography, 2021/2022 | Mentor: Nace Pušnik.

Exam+
  • January 20th, 2022 | 3 pm | the exam room will be announced subsequently
  • June 2nd, 2022 | 10 am | the exam room will be announced subsequently
  •  August 25th, 2022 | 9 am | the exam room will be announced subsequently
5
Oct

Office hours

In the winter semester of the academic year 2021/2022 , office hours are held on Wednesdays, between 5 and 6 pm (K-302). It is also possible to organise online meeting with the help of MS Teams by prior arrangement.... read more
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