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.


Week 3.

M 2/15 Final critique on Personal Report assignment. Have printouts on the wall by 8:00. Do not mount yet. View brilliant Ikea ad. Introduce Type Terms #1.

W 2/17 Personal Report due, mounted with label on back and process book, at 8:00 a.m. Discuss layout guidelines. Formally introduce Humans of Oshkosh project. 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. Present three different Humans of Oshkosh typeface options at 9 a.m.

W 2/24 Quizzes returned. Start reading Lupton “Text” Chapter. Work on Humans of Oshkosh layouts.


Week 5.

M 2/29 Present three different Humans of Oshkosh layout options at 8:00 a.m. Text Chapter Overview, Part I. Discuss next part of Humans of Oshkosh project.

W 3/2 Text Chapter Overview, Part II. Discuss next steps for Humans of Oshkosh. Screening of design documentary on typographer Marian Bantjes.


Week 6.

M 3/7 Present your two different Table of Contents layout options @8:00 a.m. Introduce Type Terms #2.

W 3/9 Present your two layouts @ 8:00 a.m. See assignment for your assigned teachers. (As mentioned on Monday, please also present a revised Table of Contents page.) Grace Lim will probably drop by.


Week 7.

M 3/14 Please consider supporting photo candidate Allison Welch by attending her photo presentation at 8:00 a.m. (AC149). Instructor needs to miss class today due to candidate interview. Work session.

W 3/16 Quiz #2, which covers Lupton “Text” chapter and Type Terms #2. Please also be prepared to present a 3 or 4-color color scheme for the Humans of Oshkosh project. We will vote on these in class. Humans of Oshkosh project due. After perfecting your hard work, please package all original files you’ve designed for this project and place them in a digital folder labeled with your name. (To do this, select File>Package in InDesign.) Submit to ArtX dropbox (found on your dock) by end of class. Physical process book still required. (Presentation/discussion on how to set up a multi-page document in InDesign will happen after the break.) Introduction to Masthead portion of Magazine Design project.


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. Are you a Comic Sans Criminal? (thx, Sam F.) 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 Work session.

W 4/6 Critique on Currency assignment. Every denomination must be represented with two unique sides. Introduce Type Terms #3.


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. Grace Lim visits to discuss Humans of Oshkosh proof.


Week 11.

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

W 4/20 Work session on Circa magazine layout with individual critiques at workstations. Have progress to discuss.


Week 12.

M 4/25

Work session on Circa magazine layout with individual critiques at workstations. Have progress to discuss.

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 Work session on Circa magazine layout with individual critiques at workstations. Have progress to discuss. Explanation of digital portfolio requirements.

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!}}