Monday, 3 February 2014

First Years First Experience of Hardcore Typography

Our first year students have just spent a challenging and fruitful two weeks working alongside our 'national treasure', H.R.H The Typographer Royal, Dame Rhiannon Robinson OBT*.

As you probably know, Dame Rhiannon is a demanding taskmistress with a ruthless, critical eye that can spot the slightest typographic imperfection at more than twenty paces.

Luckily for our novice students she took them through the fundamentals of good typography through a series of lectures and on-screen tutorial sessions.

This is but the start of a very long journey, but even after such a short time the students can all spot loose tracking, unfortunate apostrophes, orphans, widows and line lengths that are too long or too short.

Rather surprisingly it was two illustration students Ms Katie Lock (21) and Ms Catt Fearnley (also 21) who came out on top when the work was assessed. Let's see if the Graphic Designers can bounce back in a few weeks time when they work with Dame Rhiannon once again.

The project was deceptively simple. Take some information about a typeface like this:
...and turn it into a visual striking and readable A3 poster like this:

Ms Lauren Mines (21)

Here's a survey of some of the best:

Ms Catt Fearnley (21)

 Ms Catt Fearnley again (still 21)

 Ms Katie Lock (one score and one year)

 Ms Katie Lock again (still one score and one year)

Miss Rhian Wood (21)

Miss Hannah Holmes (21)

Miss Iinu Karna (kaksikymmentäyksi)

Ms Mollie Barker (21)

Master Ben Newboult (21)

Miss Rachel Tunstall (21)

*OBT = Order of British Typography


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