Summer Programs

Summer Font Design

Typeface design is a valuable talent for a graphic designer. The ability to design a typeface is useful in logo design when there is a need to deal with the details and overall shapes of letters or to develop a logo from scratch. In this graphic design course students explore the typographic resources, arts, and architecture of Siena and create an uppercase typeface inspired by an aspect of the city.

Lectures on the history of typography, Italy’s contribution to the evolution of the Latin alphabet, traditional letterform proportions, and experimental typography will augment the course. A majority of the work will be done off of the computer (with a brush and plaka) giving students the opportunity to refine their craftsmanship and critical eye. The course will be held in a studio with tables and a critique space. There is also access to Macintosh computers. Students will visit the city archives and museums to see examples of letterforms dating as far back the Etruscans.

During the first two mornings of the course there will be basic Italian language lessons geared toward complete beginners.
This course should meet most university requirements for three credits. Students interested in credit should first check with their university. A syllabus is available upon request.

*No Prerequisites, Open to all levels of experience.

Instructor: Donald Tarallo

Space is limited to 8 students.

Contact time: 65 hours (studio/design time 45, excursions to museums and locations of cultural significance 14, Italian language basics 6)

These hours are divided over weekends and Monday through Friday 9 am to 4 pm.
Example overview:
Saturday; arrival
Sunday; city and museum visits
Monday to Friday; 9am to 4pm (studio time, two Italian classes)
Saturday; museum visits
Sunday; free day
Monday to Friday; 9am to 4pm (studio time)

Cost: 1700 € euros, which is around $2,200 dollars

*This fee only covers tuition and lodging (double rooms with shared bathrooms). Airfare/transportation, food, and materials are not included in this price.

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