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A is for Everything: How Typography Shapes our Language and Culture

July 19–30, 2021 | Online, 10 synchronous sessions
Monday–Friday | 9–11 a.m. EST (optional office hour 11 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Instructor: Kevin Mercer

Using type specimens, printed ephemera, and design examples from the Library of Congress digital collections, participants will traces histories, narratives, and connections in parallel with our diverse cultural experiences and visual language. We regularly interact with typefaces and designes that were forged thousands of years ago. Over 500 years ago, Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the movable type created an explosion of shared knowledge, history, and visual language that continues to evolve in contemporary culture.

This course will explore meaning and subject matter through type design. Collaborative exercises will encourage participants to think critically and openly about how type and design shape our language and visual culture. Hands-on projects, virtual site visits and guest lecturers will contribute to instructor presentations. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas, from art and design, to history, science and technology.

Tution & Fees:

3.0 graduate credits - Register
Tuition: $525 + $50 registration fee

Non-credit - Register
Tuition: FREE + $50 registration fee
Summer 2021 (Online)

Registration opens March 1.

July 19–30, 2021

Register (3.0 credits)
Tuition: $525 + $50 registration fee
Register (non-credit)
Tuition: FREE + $50 registration fee