Mechanics of Typography

The Mechanics of Typographic Space class in New York

Mechanics of Typography

Cost: $485.00

Typography is an essential aspect of graphic communication, but the principles involved in doing so elegantly can sometimes seem mystifying. Through demonstrations, discussions and hands-on projects this two-day course will help build a strong grasp of what goes into achieving solid typography. We will explore strategies in making sound typeface selection decisions, mixing typefaces, and dealing with complex hierarchies. We will also tackle fine-tuning long passages of text, and explore various methods of building typographic grids. This is not a basics course but is rather a more nuanced, deeper exploration of key ideas within typography. 

Participants should have a basic understanding of graphic design concepts. Working experience in graphic design, and with InDesign, will be helpful but is not essential. 

A Mac/Windows laptop with a recent version (CS4 or later) of InDesign installed is required. (A free 30-day demo of InDesign can always be downloaded from Adobe.com if necessary).

Meets Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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Course Code: 191011

Instructor(s): Alexander Tochilovsky

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