This course concentrates on design principles relating specifically to typography. Project based topics include: letterform constructions, the visual enhancement of language and message, and typographic methods/terminology of both traditional and digital processes.
In this project, students explored the modularity of letters by slicing classic typefaces and creating their own new forms. I asked students to dissect a typeface into parts and then repurpose them as modular units for building a family of 3 icons. The website typeisart.com was a starting point for student explorations.
Gebhardt: Letter Splice Icons
Pawar: Letter Splice Icons
Brennan: Letter Splice Icons
Manchester: Letter Splice Icons
Stewart: Letter Splice Icons
Hake: Letter Splice Icons
Stechschulte: Letter Splice Icons
Schwegman: Letter Splice Icons
Villarreal: Letter Splice Icons
Hustedt: Letter Splice Icons
Smetana: Letter Splice Icons
Scott: Letter Splice Icons
TypeBits: A Modular Typeface
In this project, I asked students to make modular typefaces. First students picked random text messages from their cell phones. Then, they used the content of the text message to inspire modular letterforms. These initial forms were physically built using office supply labels. Then the students developed their initial letterforms into typefaces using fontstruct.com.
Bordoshuk : Download font from Fontstruct.com
Grace by Hall: modular typeface
CEG by Griffiths: Download from Fontstruct.com
Azion by Brennan
Manchester: modular typeface
Gebhardt: modular typeface
Zilis: modular typeface
Nick Peltz: modular typeface
Crowdspeak: A co-created student project/exhibition
developed by Helen Armstrong, Miami University, and Zvezdana Stojmirovic, The Maryland Institute College of Art
“Workflow—the order of tasks in the realization of a project—is as important as outcome. This experiment explores how different workflows affect authorship and help build community. In this cross-institutional assignment, sophomores at MICA and Miami University pushed the boundaries of authorship. Working with the word POST, they co-created letterforms by receiving, altering and passing on files in a digital assembly line. This workflow dislocated authorship from the individual and placed it within the collective, as resultant letterforms aggregated into a final, animated sequence.” —ZvezdanaStojmirovic
Crowdspeak: POST phase 1 from Miami MICA on Vimeo.
CROWDSPEAK Phase 2 Final_WO from Miami MICA on Vimeo.
In fall 2010, Crowdspeak was exhibited first at the Miami University, Hiestand Gallery, and then traveled to the MICA Brown Center in Baltimore.