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Design Foundations – Day 2: Digging into Typography

Description: This is day two of a four-week unit plan that helps students learn the basic terminology, functions and foundations of design. Topics covered include typography, color, grids, formatting, spacing, measurements and modular design.

 

Objectives

  • Students will identify the four basic categories of type.
  • Students will learn and recite definitions of design terms.
  • Students will know how to read and apply measurements.
  • Students will know how to format type using common design language.
  • Students will know the basic concepts of color application, purpose and use.
  • Students will learn and practice how to work within a grid using appropriate spacing and modular design strategies in Adobe InDesign.
  • Students will create layouts using different column grids using Adobe InDesign.
  • Students will learn and practice how to place, size, crop, edit and apply a stroke to photos using Adobe InDesign.
  • Students will learn and practice how to place, size and format headlines and body copy using Adobe InDesign.
  • Students will learn and practice how to use the various tools and functions of Adobe InDesign that are critical to layout presentation.

 

Common Core State Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

 

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.5

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5

Analyze how the text structures information or ideas into categories or hierarchies, demonstrating understanding of the information or ideas.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.7

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.9

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

 

Length

This is day two of a four-week unit if class meets daily (55 minutes/class). Adjustments can be made accordingly.

 

Materials / resources

– Provided ppt. presentations and handouts in the following:

Instructor InDesign Workshop Part 1

Instructor InDesign Workshop Part 2

Student InDesign Workshop Part 1

Student InDesign Workshop Part 2

– Old Newspapers, magazines and yearbooks that can be cut up

– In/Out of Class Project Assessment Rubrics

– InDesign Workshop Materials

– InDesign Workshop Assessment Rubric

InDesign Workshop Video Tutorials (Password: InDesignWorkshop247)

– computer/projector

– ppt.

– whiteboard/markers

– pen/paper/journal

– old newspapers and magazines

– scissors

 

Lesson Instructions

  • Journal: Bell Assignment (10 minutes)
    1. Using the LCD projector, display a newspaper, magazine or yearbook spread that you find interesting/appealing on the screen. Ask students to write in their journal what stands out to them in the design. What are they most drawn to and why?
    2. Discussion – Make a list of the various comments students provide, i.e. color, display type, photo, etc. Tally their votes. Do their votes match your thoughts?
  • Present/discuss the “Understanding Typography” in class (30 minutes)
    1. Type classifications
    2. Terminology / formatting / alignment
    3. Measurements
    4. Mixing typefaces
  • Typography Homework Assignment (10 minutes) – Finish as homework
    1. Looking through old newspapers and magazines, find and cut out examples of the following type classifications:
      1. 2 examples of serif fonts
      2. 2 examples of sans serif fonts
  • 2 examples of script fonts
  1. 2 examples of novelty/decorative fonts
  1. Glue the examples to a sheet of paper (or multiple sheets depending on example sizes). Number and label them accordingly.
  2. Assignment should be graded/evaluated using the “Typography Assignment Rubric”
  3. Clean-up (5 minutes)