Studio Problems in Typography

Note: due to teaching a Quest III course, I am not teaching 342 during Spring Semester 2015. Therefore the information below pertains only to past (and probably future) instances of the course. If you are interested in information relating to 342 as it is offered during Spring 2015, please contact my colleague Kevin Rau ( who is teaching 342 while I am elsewhere doing something completely different.


Fall 2014 (Old) Syllabus & General Course Materials

Typography Syllabus Fall 14

Course Schedule

Process Book Advice

Sample Grade Form

Final Digital Portfolio



Transforming Raw Text

Personal Report

Magazine Design

Currency Redesign


Lecture Slides

Too awesome(ly big) to upload to this site. You can find ’em on the ArtX server.


Type Terms

Type Terms One

Type Terms Two

Type Terms Three


Useful Things

U&lc Guide to Mixing Typefaces

A nice article on The History of Letterpress Printing


Personal Reports



Currency Design 

Bank Note World : A great collection of images to draw inspiration from.

Text on a One Dollar Bill

Security features @ Banknote Corporation of America

All about the new $100 bill, in circulation Fall 2013


Nelson Mandela Banknotes

“Money Style” Photoshop portrait tutorial

Currency seal Illustrator tutorial

What would a redesigned U.S. dollar look like? (Slate)


Magazine Design


Linefeed Magazine Cover Archive

A good article about the 2009 redesign of the New York Times Magazine

Society of Publication Designers


Even More Useful Things

Type Spec Sheet Example

Advice for Type Spec Sheet

Our textbook: Thinking With Type, by Ellen Lupton.

How to create tabs, hanging indents (flush & hung), etc. in InDesign

Grid Worksheet (thanks, Kevin Rau)


Resources on Combining Typefaces

U&lc Guide to Mixing Typefaces

H&FJ’s “Four Techniques for Combining Fonts”

FontShop’s “Combining Type With Helvetica”

… and even more tips and resources.


And One Necessary GIF

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. See it for yourself:





What’s your type?