Introduction to Typography Course

Introduction to Typography

Typography plays a particularly essential role in contemporary graphic design. In this course, students are introduced to the principles governing complex and dynamic typography and their application in visual communication. The range of applications will cover the finer points of typographic relationships focusing on clarity and detail, as well more advanced issues of sequencing and composing with both type and image. Typographic form, grid systems, hierarchy and composition will be emphasized as the building blocks for a range of projects including book, logotype, information, and poster design. By focusing on these fundamentals, students create a portfolio of unique and expressive typographic compositions and gain a clear understanding of typography as a practice.

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #1301
Mark Laughlin

Schedule A
June 21–July 27, 2021 (no class July 5)
Mondays + Tuesdays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
3 Credits



Mark Laughlin

Mark Laughlin is a designer with experience as former partner at Laughlin/Winkler Design, where he worked extensively in identity and brand development for established firms and dynamic startups alike, to establish story, create an imprint and guide perception. His teaching experience includes lecturer at Montserrat College of Art and The Art Institute of Boston. He currently serves as a senior critic in the Graphic Design department at Rhode Island School of Design and as a critic at Northeastern University. After receiving a BFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth he pursued graduate studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. Laughlin's teaching philosophy emphasizes the fundamental value of graphic language and design principles to bring clarity to communication and concept development.  

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