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Type Design

Workshop Type Design at the Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

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ECTS points
Next start
1st July 2024
1 Week
Final application date
Mon, 3.6.2024
Teaching language
CHF 900.– (view fees)
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Letterforms are captivating. They help create stories and pictures in your mind when you read. Through letterforms, we access and retrieve important information at any time and – through them – experience the world differently. Letterforms can function in an extremely small or an enormously large version. Letterforms help typeset texts and “paint” pictures. In fact, typographic characters show a rich and varied spectrum of forms. In past centuries, letterforms were a part of major art movements; later, in the 19th century, they became more fashionable and stylish and in the 20th century more systematic! And what is new in this century? The workshop will explain and show the very character of each letterform in its details. We shall focus on a number of type signs with regard to a concept based on the visual rules of the three basic shapes in Latin type (circle, square, and triangle), the different stroke and curve directions and their terminals. The interaction of drawing by hand and further development on the computer allows for a differentiated and, perhaps, new awareness and appreciation of type forms.

Institute Digital Communication Environments (IDCE)

Through digital media and the democratisation of communication channels that goes hand in hand with it, the critical handling of their visual and interaction-based design has become decisively more important, because the social relevance of information and communication has thus fundamentally changed.


Dreispitz Basel

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland Basel Academy of Art and Design Freilager-Platz 1 4142 Münchenstein near Basel
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