Schedule: Studio Problems in Typography

8:00–10:10 M/W

AC S215

Don’t print this out, as it’s subject to change as life happens. Check back often for updates.

Need more instruction in InDesign? The course “InDesign Typography” with Nigel French is suggested, and you have free access through the university’s portal.


Week 1.

M 2/1 Introduction to class and first project: Personal Report. Show previous student work.  Work session follows: jump in! Homework: Please read Lupton “Letter” section. 

W 2/3 Visit from Grace Lim, professional journalist, UW Oshkosh professor, and the driving force behind the successful and important Humans of Oshkosh project, for which we will be designing this semester. Fair warning: she’s going to take a class photo. Work session follows with individual critiques late in class at work stations. Letter Chapter Overview, Part I. Process presentation.


Week 2.

M 2/8 Critique on Personal Report assignment at 8:00 a.m. sharp: Have printouts up on the wall, ready to go. Work session follows. Process Presentation, too. Here are the most important process guidelines (i.e. how I grade your process materials).

W 2/10 Letter Chapter Overview, Part II. View brilliant Ikea ad.


Week 3.

M 2/15 Final critique on Personal Report assignment. Have printouts on the wall by 8:00. Do not mount yet. Formally introduce Humans of Oshkosh project.

W 2/17 Personal Report due, mounted with label on back and process book, at 8:00 a.m. Introduce Type Terms #1. Discuss layout guidelines. Work on Humans of Oshkosh preliminary layouts using text and imagery supplied.


Week 4.

M 2/22 Quiz #1, which covers Lupton “Letter” chapter and Type Terms #1. Work on layouts: individual critiques at workstations.

W 2/24 Critique on Humans of Oshkosh layouts at 8:00 a.m. sharp: Have printouts up on the wall, ready to go. Discuss what works and why. Quizzes returned. Start reading Lupton “Text” Chapter.


Week 5.

M 2/29 Text Chapter Overview, Part I.

W 3/2 Text Chapter Overview, Part II.


Week 6.

M 3/7 Introduce Type Terms #2.

W 3/9 Quiz #2, which covers Lupton “Text” chapter and Type Terms #2.


Week 7.

M 3/14 Return quizzes.

W 3/16 Humans of Oshkosh project due. Introduction to Masthead portion of Magazine Design project. Screening of design documentary on typographer Marian Bantjes.


Spring Break: March 21 & 23


Week 8.

M 3/28 Introduce Currency project. Show examples of student-designed currency. Discuss what needs to be on currency & show currency-related resources. Start reading remainder of Lupton book.

W 3/30 Masthead critique at 8:00 a.m. sharp: have at least three good options. Print them alone and on dummy covers. Grid chapter overview. Work on currency.


Week 9.

M 4/4 Introduce Type Terms #3.

W 4/6 Critique on Currency assignment. Every denomination must be represented with two unique sides.


Week 10.

M 4/11 Quiz #3, which covers Lupton “Grid” chapter and Type Terms #3. Screening of design documentary Typeface, which is about Wisconsin’s Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum.

W 4/13 Final critique on Currency assignment. Every denomination must be represented with two unique sides. Quizzes returned.


Week 11.

M 4/18 Currency assignment due, 8:00 a.m. sharp. Don’t forget process book. Watch film: Helvetica. 

W 4/20 


Week 12.

M 4/25 

W 4/27 Critique on Magazines. Every page must be represented.

Thursday 4/28, 6 p.m. Humans of Oshkosh event (location TBA)


Week 13.

M 5/2 

W 5/4 Final critique on Magazine Design assignment. Every page must be represented.


Week 14.

M 5/9  9:00 a.m. in room S215. Magazine Design project due. Digital portfolio due by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 5/10.

Thursday 5/12 — anytime after 4 p.m.  Work graded and available for retrieval (at your convenience) in S215.

{{Thursday, May 12th: Senior Design Exhibition Reception. 6 – 7:30 p.m. You should go!}}