Typeface Design

GENERAL INFORMATION+

Typeface Design (TD), optional course

Summary of the subject contents: Planning, design and production processes for new typefaces. Analysing of the typographic use. Parametric design. Double-pencil method. Digitalisation. Vector based glyph drawing. Open-type features. Typeface testing. Checking typeface functionality.

Subject Obligations+

Lectures, Seminar and Practical Course should be attended on time. Products must be delivered to deadlines.

The individual parts of the subject require the presence of:
Lectures: 80 %. | Seminar: 80 %. | Practical Course: 90 %.
In case of insufficient attendance, the student can not complete the course in the academic year 2020/2021.
The final grade (100%) is composed as follows:
Presence: 20 %. | Questions: 10 %. | Products: 50 %. | Presentation: 20 %.
Lectures+

Lectures take place on Tuesday between 2 and 4 pm (MS Teams/P-017).

Week 1 TypeCooker Parametric Design of Typefaces
Week 2 Typeface Purpose Information, Identity, Community, Function
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 3 Basics about Typefaces Typography, Presence, Use, Editing
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 4 Typeface Details Classification, Specification, Elements, Modules
Readings Student-to-Student*
Week 5 Form and Counterform Form & Counterform, Ductus, Proportions, Rhythm, Contrast
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 6 Grid Basics
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 7 Article Presentation Student-to-Student*
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 8 Typographic Style Problems & Solutions
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 9 Typographic Hierarchy How to read the pages
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 10 Typography & Poster Types of Posters, Poster Typeface
Famous Typographers Student-to-Student*
Week 11 Typography & Screens Screen, Fonts, Visibility, Understanding
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 12 Individual consultations Comments and Corrections
Week 13 Famous Typographers Student-to-Student*
Typeface review Comments and Corrections
Week 14 Individual consultations Typeface Comments and Corrections
Week 15 Conclusion Presentations
Seminar+

Seminar takes place on Tuesday between 4 and 5.30 pm (MS Teams / P-017).

Readings & Presentations! In week 7 the presentations of articles will take place. Prepare up to 3 pages, where you will briefly outline the essence of the article and acquaint the others with the content. The presentation should be a landscape .pdf format. Short lectures should be uploaded to Google Drive in the BRANJA_NP_20/21 folder one day before presentation (31st of March). Name the submitted pdf file surname_name_BP.pdf.

1 A Discussion on Type Design Revivalism 32018008
2 Aesthetci Innovation in Indigenous Typefaces: Designing a Lushootseed Font 32018275
3 Approaches to Applying Spacing Methods in Serifed and Sans-Serif Typeface Designs 32018019
4 Braille, A Tactile Writing System 32017031
5 Copte Script, Design of a Coptic Font for Science and Publishing 32018031
6 Design of Rumba: Concept and Process 32018123
7 Display Phototype in New York: Folks, Forms and Fonts 32018034
8 Golden Age of Hand Lettering in American Advertising 32018035
9 Hearing Type 32017037
10 Of what Consequence, Design? 32018129
11 Punch Cuts: The Modern Page, 1843 32018140
12 Revival of Slab-Serif Typefaces in the Twentieth Century 32018049
13 Serial Type Families 32018050
14 Story of Perpetua 32018053
15 Type Rules: Basic Fine-Tunning and Tweaking 32019231

Famous Typographers! Week 13 will feature presentations of famous typographers. Prepare up to 3 pages, where you will briefly provide important information about the typographer assigned to you and inform the others about the relevant information. Summarize the work, important achievements, highlight what you think is most representative of a particular person. The presentation should be horizontal .pdf format. Short presentations should be uploaded to Google Drive in the folder TIPOGRAFI_NP_20/21 by the day before the lecture (March 31). Name the submitted pdf file surname_name_T.pdf.

1 Lucian BERNHARD 32019231
2 Neville BRODY 32018053
3 Lucas DE GROOT 32018050
4 Adrian FRUTIGER 32018049
5 Tobias FRERE-JONES 32018140
6 April GREIMAN  32018129
7 Jessica HISCHE  32017037
8 Zuzana LICKO  32018035
9 Gerrit NOORDZIJ 32018034
10 Aldo NOVARESE  32018123
11 Paul RENNER  32018031
12 Freda SACKE  32017031
13 Fred SMEIJERS  32018019
14 Erik SPIEKERMANN 32018275
15 Massimo VIGNELLI  32018008
Practical Course+

Practical Course takes place on Tuesday between 6 and 7.30 pm (MS Teams / R-304).

Part 1: Draw letters based on the given parameters (TypeCooker) and put them in a word with at least 6 letters (n, o, h …, H, O, N …). The word doesn’t have to be meaningful; important is rythm of white space and black strokes. Final drawings should be accurate and contrasting. Outline them with a thin and fill them with a thick marker. Draw letters with x-height of 5 cm so you can develop details and that they are visible from a distance. Cut out the letters and paste them into the final word*.

Application
Ascender 
Descender
Contrast
Amount
Contrast
Type
Construction
Stems
Stroke
Endings
Weight
Width
Newsprint
Shorter
Than
Normal 
Shorter
Than
Normal
Very
Low
Expansion 
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Book
Extremely
Wide
32018008
Newsprint
Shorter
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
Some
Expansion
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Medium
Wide
32018275
Newsprint
Longer
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal 
Some
Translation
Capitals
Straight
Straight,
No Serif
Extra
Light
Wide
32018019
Newsprint
Shorter
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
Visible
Expansion
Roman +
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Serifs 
Light
Condensed
32017031
Newsprint
Longer
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
Not
Visible
Translation
Italic
Straight 
Slab
Serif
Extra
Light
Condensed
32018031
Signage
Shorter
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
Some
Expansion
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Thin
Wide
32018123
Signage
Shorter
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
A Lot
Translation
Italic
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Light 
Wide
32018034
Signage
Longer
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
Visible
Expansion
Italic 
Straight
Rounded,
No Serif
Medium
Extremely
Wide
32018035
Signage 
Shorter
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
A Lot 
Expansion
Italic +
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Thin
Extra
Condensed
32017037
Signage 
Longer
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
A Lot
Translation
Roman
Straight
Straight,
No Serif
Semi
Bold 
Condensed
32018129
Multi-
Purpose
Shorter
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
Not
Visible
Expansion
Roman +
Capitals 
Straight
Rounded,
No Serif
Bold
Extended
32018140
Multi-
Purpose
Longer
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
Visible
Expansion
Italic +
Capitals 
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Extra
Light
Very Wide 
32018049
Multi-
Purpose
Shorter
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
High
Expansion
Roman +
Capitals 
Straight
Rounded,
No Serif
Book
Normal
32018050
Multi-
Purpose
Shorter
Than
Normal
Shorter
Than
Normal
Visible
Translation
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Straight,
No Serif
Book
Normal
32018053
Multi-
Purpose
Shorter
Than
Normal
Longer
Than
Normal
A Lot
Expansion
Italic +
Capitals
Slightly
Concave
Serifs
Plain
Extended
32019231

Part 2: Based on the given parameters (TypeCooker), form alphabetic and non-alphabetic characters. The work is done individually; each student creates her/his own set of letters.

Each typeface should include the following characters:

  • A, B, C, Č, Ć, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, Š, T, U, V, Z, Ž, X, Y, Q, W
  • a, b, c, č, ć, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, r, s, š, t u, v, z, ž, x, y, q, w
  • 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • . , : ; ! ? „ “ (ali » «) + – ‒ — ( ) [ ] @ # % & € $
Final Assignment+

The final assignment consists of a diary, typeface specimen and presentation (oral exam).

  • The diary, typeface specimen and the presentation should have a uniform visual identity.
  • The diary should be in the form of an e-publication (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, typeface specimen and presentation (all in pdf) must be uploaded to Google Drive (Izpit_NP_20/21). Files submitted to Google Drive should NOT contain printing marks (crop marks, bleed marks, registration marks, color bars, page information). Name the submitted pdf files surname_name_D.pdf (diary), surname_name_V.pdf (typeface specimen), surname_name_P.pdf (presentation).

The diary and typeface specimen should include the following: Name and Surrname | University of Ljubljana | Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering | Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design | Chair of Information and Graphic Arts Technology | Typeface Design, 2020/2021 | Mentors: Nace Pušnik, Ana Mendizza.

Exam+
  • 14th of June 2021 | 10 am | exam room will be posted later 
  • 27th of August 2021 | 10 am | exam room will be posted later
Recap+
6
Oct

Office hours

In the winter semester of the academic year 2020/2021 , office hours are held on Wednesdays, between 10 am and 11 am (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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