Higher Education

Typographic Design in the Digital Studio, 1st Edition

  • David Amdur Brown College
  • ISBN-10: 1401880932  |  ISBN-13: 9781401880934
  • 256 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $77.25



The craft of graphic design requires mastery of typographic design and of the digital applications used to execute it--these companion guides build capacities in both of these areas together. The Design Concepts book will guide readers to observe and reflect on how type functions and to develop strategies for creative typographic expression. The Application Skills Modules book pairs each lesson in typography with a lesson in the digital tools of design production. This book introduces the essential features of the Macintosh Operating System X (OSX) as well as Mac or PC versions of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and QuarkXPress, so readers can develop good working knowledge in one or all of these applications. A DVD in the Application Skills Modules book includes Quicktime movies demonstrating software lessons, exercise resources, and type specimens.

Table of Contents

Design Concepts Contents:
Typography in the Digital Environment
Type and Expression
Abstract Form in Type Design
Making Display Type Work
Structure and Measurement
History of Typographic Design
Setting Readable Body Copy
Organizing Documents for Readability
Type in Publications
Type Effects: The Good, the Trite, and the Ugly
Type in New Media
Typeface Design
Appendix: An Annotated Catalog of Typefaces
Annotated Bibliography.

Application Skills Modules Contents:
Getting Started with Mac OSX
Managing fonts
Getting Started with an Application (InDesign,
Photoshop, Illustrator, or QuarkXPress)
Working with Boxes, Guides and Layers
Fine Tuning Display Type (alignment, leading, tracking and kerning)
Modifying Letterforms
Working with Body Text
Working with Tabs and Tables
Working with Multiple-page Documents
Type Effects
Drawing Type in Illustrator


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eResource  (ISBN-10: 1401880940 | ISBN-13: 9781401880941)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

David Amdur

David Amdur is a Professor of Visual Communications at Brown College in Minneapolis. He has received awards from the Council for Basic Education, the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, the Minnesota Center for Arts Education, and the Minnesota Humanities Commission to research and develop curriculum in art and design.