Digital Typography OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Online Graduate Level Course on Digital Typography

Published Jan 07, 2009

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In 'Digital Typography,' a free OpenCourseWare by MIT, students will learn the history and application of typography in the digital age. This graduate-level course is ideal for master's and doctoral candidates in Computer Science, as well as Master's of Fine Arts degree-seeking students interested in digital media and typographic design.

Digital Typography: Course Specifics

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Digital Typography: Course Description

We're so accustomed to the presence of type in our daily lives that we rarely stop to consider the history of text or the many nuances of its appearance. In 'Digital Typography,' students will explore over 600 years of typographic history as they learn to understand and manipulate type as word, symbol and form. The course will focus on the radical changes that computers and other digital technologies have brought to the art and science of typography. Students even have the opportunity to use the Java programming language to design an original typeface or font. Both students enrolled in a graduate-level Computer Science degree and those studying digital arts and media will find this course beneficial. 'Digital Typography' is taught in a lecture format by MIT professor John Maeda.

The 'Digital Typography' website provides a link to the work of past course graduates, as well as downloadable assignments and student solutions. If you're interested in taking this free course, visit the digital typography course page.

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