Survey of Type

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Survey of Type

Spring 2021

Taught By: Paul Shaw

Section: A

CRN: 5385

Credits: 3

A general overview of both the history of type design and typography (the use and arrangement of type) in the West from the birth of printing with moveable type in the mid-15th century until the advent of digital fonts in the 1980s. This class will explore the influence of scribal styles of writing on early typographic forms; the development of the ‘modern’ typographic book in 16th century France; changes and challenges to that format in the 19th and 20th centuries; the impact of technology (of typefounding, typesetting and printing) on the form and use of typefaces since 1800; and the shift from the book as the locus of typographic development to posters and otherephemera since the early 19th century.

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)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 7, 2021 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 7:47pm 10/20/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2021 - 5/10/2021