Industry guests visit for Graphic Design Type Week

Our Year Two Graphic Design students benefitted from a dedicated Type Week, where they worked on a range of type-based tasks.

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Graphic Design students working together during Type Week

Our Year Two Graphic Design students have recently benefited from a dedicated Type Week, where they worked on a range of type-based tasks.

The students were supported by our Graphic Design teaching team, but also benefited from insight from a number of industry professionals. This included Norman Hayes from Nottingham's Waste Studio and International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) members, and designers, Clare Playne (Playne Design), Jack Renwick (Jack Renwick Studio) and Freda Sack (The Foundry).

The students looked at the form and function of type, completing tasks which challenged them to look at the characteristics of different typefaces. They also looked at 'what type is', hand rendering phrases while considering things like font, weight, alignment, kerning, white space and message hierarchy. The students were then given an emotion to add and apply to the visual language of their phrase.

Other tasks included scale – how a message can change when the scale is altered, how type can alter your perception – using a smell and taste test, and creating glyphs: thinking about how people now chat through imagery, icons and emojis.

Each day culminated in a review of the day's tasks, with an opportunity for the students to present their work to the group. At the end of the week, the students were invited to showcase their work as part of an exhibition in NTU's Waverley Gallery.

Industry guests visit for Graphic Design Type Week

Published on 19 March 2016
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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