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Type for Illustrators Syllabus Lindsaykinkade

Type for Illustrators Syllabus Lindsaykinkade

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TYPOGRAPHY for ILLUSTRATORS

OR MAKING LANGUAGE AS CLEAR AND STRONG AS YOUR IMAGES TUESDAYS, 1:10PM–6:10PM, RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN
LINDSAY KINKADE

IMAGE. MESSAGE by Nancy Skolos and Tom Wedell Supplies sketchbook 3-ring binder for class materials syllabus & assignment sheets sharp pencils & eraser black Sharpies. contemporary examples.Class Blog H T T P : // T Y P E F O R I L L U S T R AT O R S . and inspiration are linked from the instructor’ links page. history of type. C O M / Required Reading THINKING WITH TYPE: A Critical Guide for Writers. Designers. and Students by Ellen Lupton THE ELEMENTS OF TYPOGRAPHIC STYLE by Robert Bringhurst A TYPE PRIMER by John Kane Recommended Reading TYPE.T U M B L R . regular and fine point clear push-pins (please bring to every class) X-ACTO or OLFA knife with fresh blades small cutting mat glue stick scotch tape scissors $30 for photocopies on campus $70 for printing final projects laptop computer (if you have one) USB drive digital camera & card reader or download cable Online resources Sites that offer demonstrations. Editors. http://delicious.com/lindsaykinkade/ .

the bowl. you will focus on the details and the overall composition of typography while refining your skills of technical execution and delivering the highest level of craft. In this course. YOUR GOAL Through research and a rigorous process of design and prototyping. composition of a page. You will be expected to have a well-researched and grounded point of view and to articulate it in class and in your work. and the basics of longer forms such as books. . you will study and master the fundamentals of typography including the history. This laboratory is an inquisitive environment for exploration of how type works internal to the letterform and externally in a full composition. and contemporary applications of type. composing lines of type. You will examine the stem. This is an opportunity to develop your own illustration voice through the articulation of typography that speaks in the same tone. We will study and work with individual letterforms. the ascender– all in pursuit of typographic form that is in harmony with your illustration style. You will share skills and methods with your colleagues to maximize this opportunity. You will translate your ideas into language and your language into into masterful typographic compositions.This class is a laboratory of typography. theory.

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well-crafted work EXPAND your research methods and resources to include the pillars of typographic study and the emerging ways of learning about type .COURSE OBJECTIVES BUILD typography design vocabulary and critical thinking skills CREATE a set of shared design resources in our Class Library DEVELOP an eye for typographic details REFINE technical expertise in the computer and with materials SUPPORT & EMPOWER one another to make meaningful.

design. presentation and craft Class participation. attendance 60 20 20 . blog contributions.GRADING CRITERIA 60% 20% 20% Concept. and the timely completion of assignments Risk-taking and pushing beyond current skills Process.

ASSIGNMENTS Class Exercises as Assigned In order to understand the building blocks of type. and Other Resources (2) You may contribute as many typography links. Book Reviews (2) We will visit the library as a class to explore the collection on typography as we begin to explore digital typesetting. You will write short paragraphs that summarize the highlights of the book in your own opinion. Inventive Alphabet 4 weeks In this assignment. you will use your skills to invent a new alphabet that supports your illustration style and can be used in your work now and into the future. and book reviews as you like to the class blog. one for you. . You will print all exercises out for review. Your Own Book 3 weeks You will design a book to encapsulate your work from the semester. Links. We will compile these brief book reviews on our class blog where they will be a resource for all class members. we will do in-class and takehome exercises on typographic details. You will send it to an on-demand digital press and order 2 copies. You will become an expert on your books. Your Own Words. You must contribute at least 2 before the midterm. Your Own Work. You will check out and review 2 books to share with the class during the semester. possibly three. We will create a box set of the class essay booklet designs. one for the instructor. Designer Book Cover 4 weeks Using your own imagery and inventive typography. you will create a book cover and basic book interior for a piece of critical writing about typography. photos. maybe one for your mom.

ELLEN LUPTON .‘Typography is what language looks like.

Communication I will send email announcements to each student’s RISD email account. during class. If you are sick. Absolutely no cellphones.Attendance Attendance and participation are crucial to achieving an understanding of the course material. Please send an email to the instructor that you will miss class. You are expected to be on time and to have your work with you when you arrive. You are urged to ask questions and give opinions — we will all benefit from them. If you prefer another account. Participation & Class Behavior Please come to each class prepared. etc. No phone calls. You are asked to maintain a professional attitude in class. . you must bring a note from Health Services in order to have the absence excused. You are expected to attend every class meeting. Students are strongly advised to check their school email daily. Two unexcused absences will result in a failure in this course. text messaging. When you return. facebook. aim. web browsing. facebook. instant messenger. Active participation in class is not only highly encouraged. please go to Health Services to seek appropriate medical care. ipods. myspace. please. but it is necessary and a part of your grade. please arrange for forwarding from your RISD account. e-mail. etc. on-time and ready to work for the entire scheduled time. Please do not carry on side conversations during critique or lectures.

You must have basic knowledge of how to use the latest Mac OS and Creative Suite software (InDesign. printing problems. If it goes quickly. layout. . Always back up your work! Buying an external hard drive of at least 250GB is strongly recommended for this course. As part of this course you will learn to use Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Illustrator. You are responsible for backing up your work and for getting it printed properly. If you struggle with software. Computer problems. etc. please see the recommended readings on how to use the Creative Suite. etc) or on your own color inkjet printer. In particular. Alphagraphics.) We will review some software methods for design in class. students must print either in a campus lab. For high-quality color printing and final prints. corrupt data. Back up your work after each work session to save you time and trouble if your computer dies. the instructor recommends Peachpit Press Visual Quickstart books. You should always have at least two copies of your work backed up at all times.Computers & Printing Using computers. Also. are not acceptable reasons for late or incomplete work in this course. Printing in the campus labs on laser printers is a good method for proofs and drafts of letter or tabloid-size projects. and design. ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELF AT LEAST TWO (2+)HOURS TO PRINT. etc. Photoshop. you have time to go for a walk! If not. you can still meet your deadline. but you are expected to learn the software through the class laboratory section and on your own time through your own methods. jumps on a plane to France. local print shop (RISD Prints. is stolen. we will work to improve your skills in typography.

This course is a rich conversation that we will have in individual meetings. Employers are increasingly looking for enthusiastic collaborators who are also great makers. and full-class gatherings. . If you have constructive criticism or resources to share. In the space of our studio. You will do your own work. personal. it is my hope that you will be rigorous and generous with your studiomates as I intend to be rigorous and generous with you. you are considered a community member and willing and prepared participant. but will always be a member of the supportive community of designers in the class. This cousre is a good test run for your entry into the field of professional illustration and art direction. small group meetings.Teaching Methodology Lindsay’s professional. and academic work is focused on facilitating dialogue in a variety of communities.

and educator. Lindsay is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill’s undergraduate journalism program and the Rhode Island School of Design’s MFA program in graphic design. which often brings her into the world to lead design workshops with clients in their communities.Instructor Bio Lindsay Kinkade is co-founder of Little Giant. a Providence design firm focused on public engagement. Her public artwork has been shown in Providence and in New York. documentary journalist.edu http://littlegiantdesign. She is an eight-year resident of Providence’s West Side. communitybased designer. she brings an ethical framework and research rigor to every project. where she has been an active participant in the transformation of her neighborhood from a collection of neglected tenements to a community-driven bunch of lovingly-cared-for spaces. lkinkade@risd.com/ . A former visual journalist at The Boston Globe. Her design practice is based on the co-creation model. She is a public artist.

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