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í Assignments

í 4 — Catalogue
April 2, 2015

two copies due May 14

A museum exhibition occurs in a particular place and time. Often, after it closes, the work is distributed and dispersed, and the catalogue is the only record that remains.

Design the catalogue for an exhibition or collection of your choosing, or one of your own creation.

You may start with an existing exhibition or exhibition catalogue, but your task is not simply to redesign the pages, but to reconsider the structure, the contents, the accompanying text(s). In your role as designer, you will also act as author, editor, and curator.

You may also create your own speculative exhibition or collection, out of existing visual material found in other collections, books, or on the internet.

Some potential sources:
RISD’s Picture Collection
Providence Public Library’s Special Collections
The Internet Archive
Wikimedia Commons
Library of Congress
Flickr Commons

Your catalogue should include at least two texts of significant length. These may be directly related to the work (written by or about the artist, for instance), or may be more tangentially or thematically related.

Your catalogue does not need to follow a standard book structure, but should include all of the standard parts of a book of this type: images, running text, captions, notes, front matter, back matter, folios, etc., though they do not need to be handled in a “standard” way.

focus — organization, hierarchy, scale, function, form and variation, color, detail, typeface choice, type and image, book structure, legibility, readability

two copies due May 14

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í 3 — RISD Museum mobile site/app
March 5, 2015

final due April 9

screen, color, type + image

March 5 — assignment given
March 12 — defined purpose, collected content,
macro/micro sketches
March 19 — full sketches
March 26 — spring break
April 2 — detail development
April 9 — final due

Building upon the poster you have created for the RISD Museum, design a mobile website (or app) for the museum which extends and expands upon the typographic system you have created. It does not need to match your poster directly, but should be related in some way. Think cousins, rather than twins.

First, define the focus and purpose of your app/site. Who is your audience? (Potential visitors in search of practical information? Current visitors at the museum looking to navigate their way to a particular artwork, or wanting more information about an exhibit? RISD students doing research for class or independently? Etc.)

Think about how the app/site will be used, by whom, and in what context. What information should be included? What can be left out? Collect and edit the information you will include, using source material from your poster and from the current RISD Museum site. You may include images if appropriate.

Remember: Scale works very differently on a handheld device than it does on a poster. Consider — and design for — interaction. You may present static screenshots, but you should indicate the flow. (I know this goes against the best practices of responsive design, but…) Pick the device you are designing for, and use the appropriate screen dimensions. You should include at least six (6) distinct screen images.

Consider hierarchy, structure, and balance as you create a dynamic, functional design.

focus — organization, hierarchy, scale, function, form and variation, color, detail, typeface choice, design for screen

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í 2 — Re-readings
February 12, 2015

series of 6, due March 19

weekly typographic experiments, 10 × 10 inches each

Over the first half of the semester, you will make a series of typographic compositions based on a short phrase of your choosing (approximately two to five words). How many different readings / meanings can you extract from this same set of words? How many different ways can you (re)produce this text?

Each week you will bring in at least two new, entirely different compositions that reflect
or interrogate the meaning of your text. You will be working with the same text each week, so choose it wisely! By spring break, you will each have a series of six compositions which live together as a coherent yet varied family.

All compositions should be primarily — if not exclusively — typographic, but don’t let that be limiting. Think about ways of making typography that doesn’t originate or reside solely on the computer. Surprise us.

focus — idea, variation, experimentation, type as image, working in series, (re)readings

Feb 12 — assignment given
Feb 19 — text selected
Feb 26 — first compositions
Mar 5 — second compositions
Mar 12 — third compositions
Mar 19 — series of 6 due

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í 1 — RISD Museum poster
February 12, 2015

final due March 12

22 × 34 inches, color, type only

Using the text provided, design a typographic poster to promote / celebrate a year’s worth of exhibits and events at the RISD Museum. How do you create a compelling piece of design which both communicates a complicated set of information and is appealing to the eye?

Your poster should be type only, but may include type as image as well as type as text / type as information. You may (really, should) disregard the RISD Museum’s current identity. You have complete freedom to create something new, unfettered by existing standards and guidelines. It should have its own internal logic.

Remember: a successful poster works at multiple distances. From across the room or across the street, it should get your attention. From a few feet away, the most important information should be legible. Up close, it should reward the viewer with another level of detail. It’s important to print at 100% — as you’re working, not just at the end. (You may tile b/w tabloid-size prints or use the cheap plotter for preliminary phases.) Your type will look very different in print than on screen.

Consider hierarchy, structure, and balance as you work on creating a dynamic, asymmetric composition. Consider foreground, background, and the integration of the two. Keep in mind that the title doesn’t need to be at the top of the poster, or the largest thing on it, etc. Of course, consider your choice of typeface(s), as well as the structure and placement of your type, and how these work together to create identity through typographic voice.

focus — micro and macro, form vs. function, organization, hierarchy, color, detail, typeface choice(s), type as image, typography as identity

Feb 12 — assignment given
Feb 19 — micro/macro sketches
Feb 26 — full-size sketch
Mar 5 — detail refinement
Mar 12 — final due

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w Content Aware Typography
February 12, 2015

in class, February 12