Type 1 Spring 2019

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Week 2 HW

Get familiar with the class Shared Drive. For more information see the Alerts page.


Lettering Handout



Read the following sections: Superfamilies, Caps and Small Caps, Mixing Typefaces
Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton


The Trajan Inscription by Codex99

Why Trajan, the World’s Oldest Typeface, Still Matters by Angelynn Grant

Adrian Frutiger 1928–2015 by Jürgen Siebert

Designing type systems by Peter Biľak

TDC Medal Awarded to Gerrit Noordzij by Angela Voulangas and Nick Sherman

Mixing type – Part 1: Macro by Ferdinand Ulrich

Mixing type – Part 1: Macro by Ferdinand Ulrich

Building a Noordzij Cube by Erik van Blokland

Toshi Omagari's Noordzij Cube

Backassward by David Jonathan Ross

TypeCooker by Erik van Blokland

Drawbot by Just van Rossum, Erik van Blokland, Frederik Berlaen

Gerrit Noordzij describes very well the differences in the interaction of the forms with their counterforms.
Image from Ambroise Typeface In Details by Jean François Porchez

Foundational Hand, Broad Nib — Translation

Roman Minuscule, Ponted Pen — Expansion


Also check out the rest of the Week 2 videos in the Lectures section.

House Industries: Interview with Ken Barber


The Art of Hermann Zapf by Hallmark


Doyald Young Logotype Designer by Lynda.com


Erik van Blokland on Drawing



Submit your Garamond g's from Week 1 HW. If you didn't finish coloring, have it colored in black (pencil or marker, just make it as dark as possible) for next class.

Complete 3 TypeCooker worksheets at the Easy Level.

  • Translation Contrast: The contrast produced by a broad nib pen.

  • Expansion Contrast: The contrast produced by a flexible or pointed nib pen.

  • Transitional Contrast: A historical mix of broad nib and pointed nib influences.

Write a brief paragraph that answers these 3 questions and post them as one comment before the beginning of next class:

  1. Please explain how you applied each contrast to your lettering pieces. Using proper terminology, talk about the typographic details that make each lettering piece have translation contrast, expansion contrast, transitional contrast.

  2. Which contrast type was the most difficult and the easiest to work with? Why?

  3. What was the most challenging parameter? Why?

  4. If you had to change one parameter, which one would it be? Why?

Scan your 2 in-class lettering pieces and save them as 300dpi high quality jpegs inside the Lettering folder on the Shared Drive as:

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Starter_001.jpg

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Starter_002.jpg

Scan your 3 homework lettering pieces and save them as 300dpi high quality jpegs inside the Lettering folder on the Shared Drive as:

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Easy_001-Translation.jpg

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Easy_001-Expansion.jpg

  • YourName_TypeCooker_Easy_001-Transitional.jpg



  1. Scan, upload, print, and pin your 3 lettering pieces to the board for critique at the beginning of the next class.

  2. Post your writings on the comments section and be ready to present your 3 lettering pieces at the beginning of next class.

*If you missed the first class, check out the Alerts section.