TEACHING TYPOGRAPHY

elms's picture

Hi there,

I had my first class last Thursday.
It went pretty well. The students found the exercise challenging
which I was happy about since that meant they were thinking
about what they were doing.

The exercise was based on typographic systems,
exploring composition of space and possibilities
of expression (value, rhythm …)
They had 5 black lines that they used to make
a composition in a square base on priciples of symmetry,
asymmetry, intermittence, interruption.

Most of the student came up with some good solutions.

Does anyone have any experience in the teaching field.
Maybe you can give me some tips about giving the students as much knowledge and experience as possible in a 3hr class.

thanks
p.S this is an intro to typo class

Comments

liquisoft's picture

I taught a level 2 typography class last semester, which was challenging but also very rewarding.

In my opinion, the students learned best when lectures were kept to a minimum and activity was at a maximum. I kept them busy as much as possible so their minds were focused and not bored to death by me explaining the differences between a bowl and a counter. I created hand-outs that briefly explained things they needed to know, and then let them do their thing. I encouraged them to talk and socialize, since design is a social medium.

At the end of the class, some really began to appreciate typography, and others were just happy to make it through to the end.

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Ryan Ford

HaleyFiege's picture

I just finished my design degree, and the memorable and useful projects I did in typography classes were about how to utilize hierarchy in design. Which is sooooo important. Also I likes the expressive type projects where we got to design posters of song lyrics done only in type, and write words in ketchup and stuff like that.

elms's picture

Thanks for your comments.
I do agree that more activity is better.

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