Generative Typography Section 2


Since the invention of written language, typography as a practice has
existed and adapted to the many forms of human expression — from being
cast in metal to being manipulated within photographic mediums.
Recently, the ability to engage in visual coding through the browser has
become easier than ever, opening the doors for creatives to generate
and digitally manipulate font structures and layouts to create new and
exciting compositions.

This class will focus on generative design as it pertains to typography
and letterforms. We will explore the building blocks of algorithmic art
and apply those tools to manipulate digital type, which is, at its core,
a series of data points. In addition to visual coding, the class will
engage in critical discussions about the computational nature of
creation. How does this differ from historical methods of typographic
exploration, and what can we take from the past to build upon it? How do
we create generative designs that are meaningful as opposed to

P5.js will be the main programming library for the course, and students
who are new to programming are welcome. Techniques covered in this
course will include building visual compositions with code, manipulating
pixel and vector data, and implementing them in real-time applications,
such as computer-assisted handwriting and animation.

Prerequisite Skills: Basic typography skills such as a college level Typography 1 class.

    Required Materials

  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • A reliable internet connection

Learning Outcomes:

By the successful completion of this course, students will have:

· Comfort in Javascript programming

· Confidence in the P5.js environment

· Critical reasoning as it applies to computational making

· Familiarity with technological advances in typography

· An understanding of digital structures for various data types (images, font files, etc)

Projects Students Will Engage In:

Students will be expected to work in P5.js and create typographic
projects of a computational nature. There will be weekly lectures on
different algorithmic concepts, and students will be expected to apply
them in browser-based projects. There will be weekly coding assignments,
and a final assignment towards the end of the semester. In this final
assignment, students will create and apply generative form-making tools
as part of their process in a self-selected medium. These may take the
form of an interactive website, animated sequence, or dynamic branding

This class will be held online using Zoom and Slack. Class size will be
limited to 16 people to allow for plenty of individual feedback.

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