MAS.962 Digital Typography

As taught in: Fall 1997

A close-up photo of text on a screen.

The ubiquitous nature of typography. (Photo © openphoto.net.)

Level:

Graduate

Instructors:

Prof. John Maeda

Course Highlights

This class was one of the earliest classes taught in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab. This class from 1997 deals with the ubiquitous nature of type and typography, and how it might be modified and redesigned in the digital age. A full set of assignments and solutions can be seen in the assignments section, and the final work of the class can be seen in the projects section.

Course Description

This class introduces studies in the algorithmic manipulation of type as word, symbol, and form. Problems covered will include semantic filtering, inherently unstable letterforms, and spoken letters. The history and traditions of typography, and their entry into the digital age, will be studied. Weekly assignments using Java® will explore new ways of looking at and manipulating type.