SRJC Course Outlines

7/24/2024 3:15:12 AMGD 20 Course Outline as of Fall 2015

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  GD 20Title:  INTRO TO TYPOGRAPHY  
Full Title:  Introduction to Typography and Letterforms
Last Reviewed:10/8/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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Development of practical and visual skills for using type in effective graphic communication. Includes terminology, survey of typefaces, design basics, advanced typography skills and computer production techniques.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of CS 72.11A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Development of practical and visual skills for using type in effective graphic communication. Includes terminology, survey of typefaces, design basics, advanced typography skills and computer production techniques.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Course Completion of CS 72.11A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2009Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Produce professional-level type on the computer.
2. Recognize and use 24 popular typefaces.
3. Utilize typographic terminology and measurements.
4. Apply the principles of readability/legibility to produce effective design projects.
5. Design and produce effective typography layouts.
6. Generate typographic design projects from concept to completion.

Topics and Scope
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1.   History of type and printing
2.   Anatomy of Letterforms
       a. Type terminology
       b. Type classification
3.   Fonts and Families
4.   Font Technology
5.   Type Measurements: Points and Picas
6.   Type Arrangements and Spacing
       a. Tracing, Kerning, Leading, Letter and word spacing
       b. Paragraph space and typographic consistency
       c. Intro to Grid Theory
7.   Design principles
       a. Creating typographic appeal and hierarchy
       b. Page layout principles
       c. Expressive typography
8.   Selecting and Mixing Typefaces
       a. Concord and Contrast
       b. Mixing faces
9.   Readability and Legibility
       a. Designing for maximum effectiveness
       b. Targeting particular audiences.
10.  Fun Type
       a. Initial caps
       b. Text wrap
       c. Dingabts and picture fonts
       d. Special effects
11.  Successful Advertising
12.  Typographic details
       a. Headlines and subheads
       b. Body copy, hyphenation, and line breaks
       c. Pull quotes and captions
       d. Web typography
13.  Typographic Refinements
       a. Small caps and old style numerals
       b. Ligatures and OpenType alternates
       c. Punctuation style and refinements
14.  Proofreading and PrePress
15.  PrePress and preparing files for Print
16.  Creating professional quality designs from concept to completion, avoiding amateur pitfalls.
17. Trends in Type

Assignments:
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1.  Create self-portrait completed using only letterforms.
2.  Create three versions of the same totally typographic ad: one font, one size; one font, different sizes and faces; two fonts, different sizes and faces.
3.  Web banner utilizing expressive type and specialty effects.
4.  Create a font card series (4 cards in 3 colors).
5.  Ad resdesign in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) and Grayscale.
6.  Concept portfolio with thumbnails, roughs, tight comps and final for each project.
7.  Design journal showing examples of logos, letter marks, and type in use.
8.  Read 15-20 pass per week.
9.  Midterm and final exam.
10. In-class critiques.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
None
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments and skill demonstrations are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 40%
Class project, concept portfolio, design journal
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
20 - 60%
Typographic ads, font cards
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 40%
Midterm and final exam.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Attendance and participation in in-class critiques.


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Non-Designer's Type Book, Robin Williams, Addison-Wesley, 2008. (Classic)

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