Type 1 Spring 2017

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Week 3 HW

Because the college will be closed on Monday 02/13 for Lincoln's birthday (see academic calendar), we will meet at Cooper Union on Wednesday 02/15 for a special lecture on Swiss Graphic Design History. Please get a ticket ASAP.



The event is called Not just another book... and it's sponsored by the Herb Lubalin Study Center and the Swissnext New York Outpost.

Date and Time
Wed, February 15, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

*I know some of you have a class that ends right before my class. Please head to the lecture as soon as you can, it will be worth your time. Everyone else, please show up on time! This lecture is not just about the history of Swiss Graphic Design but about the mapping of the History of Swiss Graphic Design. This is an important topic that we'll discuss later in the semester. So get a ticket and show up. Write down any question that you may have during the lecture and I'll do my best to answer them in class.

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
41 Cooper Square (on Third Ave between 6th & 7th streets)
New York, NY 10003


Week 2 HW Scan and upload lettering pieces (Punk A, Circus M, and NYC) to the Lettering folder on the Shared Drive + answers to the questions as comments.

Since we won't have time to do one-on-one critiques on Wednesday, either scan your file and upload it to the shared drive and/or bring a photocopy to the event. Please come find me after the talk and hand in a photocopy of your lettering assignment (this will count as attendance). Just to clarify, I want you to make a copy of your homework and hand that in so I can write notes on it and give you feedback (via email the following day). You will keep the original file for yourself and improve your work according to my notes. The final for this project will be a refined piece of lettering that we can hang on the hall and make the other classes jealous :).

Lettering Resource: https://www.flickr.com/photos/taffeta/albums/72157628903870575


A revised final version of your NYC Lettering piece. Please scan your revised lettering piece and upload it to the Lettering folder on Shared Drive with the following name:

  • YourName_NYC_Revised

For the critique, please bring both the first draft and the revised (final) version of your NYC lettering piece. If you have extra time, feel free to send me revisions so I can give you more feedback. This could make for a nice portfolio piece if you're willing to put the extra effort.

Write a brief paragraph that answers these 4 questions and post it as a comment before the beginning of next class:

  1. What changes did you make to your revised lettering piece? Describe them in detail using proper terminology.

  2. How does your lettering piece convey your idea of NYC? Talk about composition, typographic details, color, and contrast.

  3. What was the easiest and hardest thing about this assignment? Talk about your process/experience of drawing, revising, and refining your lettering piece.

  4. Are you happy with the results? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What would you like me to help you improve?


***********WEEK 4 PREVIEW***********


We'll go over them in class but I strongly advice that you check them out in advance and write down any questions that come up.

Drawing for Interpolation

The Bézier Game

Type Terms Cheat Sheet

Type Cheat Sheet

Typeface Mechanics: 001 by Tobias Frere-Jones

Typeface Mechanics: 002 by Tobias Frere-Jones


Toolspace by Jan MIddendorp


Matthew Carter: My Life in Typefaces

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books - remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.