Type Design from Punches to Pixels

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Type Design: Punches to Pixels

Spring 2022

Taught By: Paul Shaw

Section: A

CRN: 5385

Credits: 3

A general overview of the history of type design and typography in the West from the birth of printing with moveable metal type in the mid-15th century until the current era of digital fonts. This class will explore the influence of scribal styles of writing on early typographic forms; the impact of technologies of typefounding, typesetting and printing on the form and use of typefaces since 1800; and the effect of the shift from the book as the locus of typographic development to advertising, posters and other ephemera since the early 19th century. With this online version of the course we will pay special attention to the development and form of type specimens from broadsides to thousand-page catalogues to digital PDFs.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, with priority given to freshmen and sophomores. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:01am 5/25/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 603

Date Range: 1/24/2022 - 5/16/2022