Wednesday, 18 March 2015

First Years Do 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.

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:

Miss Danielle Jaiyeola (21)

Here's a survey of some of the best:

Master James Wilding (21)

The Rt Hon. Thomas Selwood (21)

Ms. Emma Davidson (21)

Miss Danielle Jaiyeola (again)

Kyle Bridson Esq. (21)

Mistress Rebecca Lettice (21)

The Hon. Marisa Devonshire (21)

Dame Chloe Farsi (21)

Princess Harriet Easterbrook (21)

Dame Chloe Farsi (again)

*OBT = Order of British Typography


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