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Boston University College of Fine Arts
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Junior Type – Typographic Layout (and a Short Film) / ar497

Course Description

This course will present eclectic content: artist videos, documentaries, video snippets, past student videos, etc. The most part of the semester will be dedicated to the visual organization and writing of a script that you will be directing at the end of the semester. On the occasion of this fourth typography class, the semester-long assignment opens up for more authorship and autonomy.

Goals

  • Build/enhance student’s typographic acumen;
  • Develop sense of authorship;
  • Develop attitude;
  • Refine type skills;
  • Work across mediums and modalities;
  • Build design thinking skills;
  • Play + experiment within constraints.

By the end of the semester, students should have mastered a personal attitude towards typography. They should be able to synthesize 4 semesters of typographic practices while transitioning from content-shaping to content-making.

Requirements

  • Type 1, 2 and 3
  • Transfer student demonstrating strong abilities / interests in typography

Credits

2 credits

Attendance

Attend to all classes is essential. Un-excused absences will result in faults to the participation evaluation. Keep me updated if you need to miss class. In any case, the students are responsible for being up-to-date. Being late will be perceived the same way.

Grading Criteria

Grading grid download link

Evaluation

You will be evaluated according to your overall engagement in the projects. Your active participation during the semester will also be taken in account.

  • Project 1 (70%)
  • Quality in research (10%)
  • Class participation (+ anticipation)(20%) follows the regulations on attendance of the College of Fine Arts.

Assignments Criteria (general)

  • Autonomy, authorship
  • Originality / point of view / attitude
  • Formal approach
  • Execution shows technical skills
  • Give your idea a chance
  • Strangeness factor (Extra points)

Calendar

  • Week 1
    1. ▫ Overture with Connan, why u crying?
    2. ▫ Course introduction
    3. ▫ Syllabus overview
    4. ▫ Context for assignment 1
    5. ▫ Herbert Bayer – Square Span
    6. ▫ Upcycle this Book – Wade / Langdon
    7. ▫ Screening: Christo and Jeanne-Claude

    8. at home
    9. ▫ Research: books, films and articles
    10. ▫ Ideas explorations: contact me this week
    11. ▫ Nora Schultz Lecture
    12. ▫ Read Herbert Bayer
    13. ▫ Read George Orwell
  • Week 2
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Screening artists’ films and videos

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Research: books, films and article sources
    5. ▫ Answer: what kind of script do you want to make?
    6. ▫ Answer: Does your typographic approach have a historical significance or not? If not, why?
  • Week 3
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Student share their collections to the group
    3. ▫ What kind of script do you want to make?
    4. ▫ Does your typographical approach have a historical significance or not? If not, why?

    5. at home
    6. ▫ Back to research
    7. ▫ Laurie Anderson lecture
  • Week 4
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Photography and retouching workshop

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Research vs. making
    5. ▫ Fixed deadline
    6. ▫ Watch: Walker Art Center Insights 2015 – James Langdon (Liverpool)
  • Week 5
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Class critique
    3. ▫ Showing Ventriloquist Press materials

    4. at home
    5. ▫ Read “Books in the age of the iPad”
  • Week 6
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Screenings

    3. at home
    4. ▫ **
  • Week 7
    1. ▫ Max is in Amsterdam, no classes
    2. ▫ Slack exchange between us about your progress
    3. ▫ Go to a art show and report

    4. at home
    5. ▫ **
  • Week 8
    1. ▫ Spring Break

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Project still ongoing
  • Week 9
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Class critique

    3. at home
    4. ▫ **
  • Week 10
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ A book binding demo: sewn signatures

    3. at home
    4. ▫ **
  • Week 11
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Screenings

    3. at home
    4. ▫ Last bits of production
  • Week 12
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ Delivery of assignment 1
    3. ▫ Assignment 2 starts

    4. at home
    5. ▫ **
  • Week 13
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ **

    3. at home
    4. ▫ **
  • Week 14
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day
    2. ▫ **

    3. at home
    4. ▫ **
  • Week 15
    1. ▫ Max’s typeface of the day

    2. at home
    3. ▫ Research

Spring 2018 A1

Spring 2018 B1