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A few methods for teaching letter-drawing to graphic design students

When Thu 18 Sep 0930
Where BAU Design College
Who Daniel Reynolds

Design departments often offer elective type design courses on their syllabi. These offers rarely originate to encourage students to pursue careers in typeface design or font production, but rather to strengthen their general typography skills. Drawing letters and designing type helps designers learn to consider documents from the inside out – that micro-typography and the space between shapes can be as important as whole compositions and systems of orientation. But what methods are best used to introduce type design-related themes over just a a few days, weeks, or months? This presentation will compare the results of a few options: drawing letters by hand, writing letters by hand, and drawing letters digitally while simultaneously interpreting photographic resources.

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