Type and Image Graphic Design Posters

Type + Image Design

Typography in conjunction with imagery poses a challenge for designers. This class offers students a unique opportunity to connect the dots. The two mediums will inspire students in finding either harmony or discord. Neither is proven wrong. 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 provided and 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 made available to students. 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. Basic knowledge in typography and basic skills in Photoshop are helpful but not required.

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #0739
Franz Werner

Schedule B
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
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.