Type and Image Graphic Design Posters

Type + Image Design

Typography in conjunction with imagery poses a challenge for designers. This course addresses these issues through a broad mix of assignments that enable students to improve their aesthetic sensibilities and design skills. Various typefaces are investigated as functioning visual systems and design languages, each one possessing its own organization, proportion, spacing, texture and conveyed meaning. The history of writing systems is presented in daily short slide lectures as a supplement to the studio classes. Mac workstations, digital cameras, a hot-metal typeshop, bookbinding facilities, and a photo lighting studio are all available to participants. This course is open to professionals and students with introductory, intermediate or advanced levels of experience, with students assigned projects according to their specific skill levels. For additional information please contact fwerner@risd.edu.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students in SIGDS courses pay for their own printing and can expect to spend $75 or more depending on the course and desired outcomes.

Course #0739
Franz Werner

Schedule 2
July 6–17, 2020
9 am–4 pm

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

3 Credits


Franz Werner

Franz Werner: Swiss Federal Diploma, Typography, and Postgraduate Degree, Graphic Design, University of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland. Werner was a designer at Birkhauser AG, Schwabe & Co., and worked for the New Zealand Government Printer/Publisher. He started teaching at RISD in 1981 while maintaining a freelance practice in design, with such clients as International Paper and Intel. He has lectured and taught at the Osaka University of the Arts; Sozosha College of Design; University of Canterbury, New Zealand; University of Art and Design Basel/Switzerland, Fraunhofer Institute, University of Darmstadt, Germany; and he is the recipient of the PDN/Nikon award and the Faculty Development Grant, research in iconography.