Introduction to Typography Course

Introduction to Typography

Typography, as an art form, has been around for centuries and, while seemingly ubiquitous to contemporary life, it plays a particularly essential role in graphic design. In this course, students are introduced to letterforms and their application in visual communication. Through the study of typography as form, and exploring visual principles affecting organization and the access of information, students are introduced to the use of the typographic grid and issues of hierarchy and legibility. Projects are informed through readings and lectures that address the historical evolution of typefaces, classification as a rational system and their application as a basis for graphic design. By focusing on the structures of voice, context and narrative, as well as the use of macro and micro typographic fundamentals, students create a portfolio of unique and meaningful expressive typographic compositions. Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Course specific requirements will be discussed and additional software downloaded during class. Students in all SIGDS courses pay for their own printing and can expect to spend $75 or more depending on the course and desired outcomes.

Course #1301
Ernesto Aparicio

Schedule 1
June 24–July 5, 2019
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits



Ernesto Aparicio

Ernesto Aparicio: BA, Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la Plata, Buenos Aires; Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Aparicio has been a graphic designer in the publishing and corporate identity industries for more than twenty years. The designer for "Carte Premier" for Visa and MasterCard, his work has included logos and publications for prominent companies in France and Japan, and collaboration with major publishing houses in Paris. He has served as Art Director for Editions du Seuil in Paris and now oversees operations at Aparicio Design Inc., with clients like Museo Tokyo Japan, Theatre de la Comedie Francaise in Paris, and New York City's Public Affairs office. Aparicio has been awarded and/or published by Graphis, Communication Arts, Type Directors Club, Robundo and Novum.