Teaching: Typography

Starting with exploring basic letterforms, their relationships, space and positioning, readability, construction and deconstruction – this was the base of the typography class I ran at RMIT Vietnam.

The second aim was to „communicate a strong message“, using different layers of information and focussing on a typography design within a poster series.

Task: course design, teaching
Bachelor of Design program at RMIT Vietnam, Saigon South Campus

Nguyen Chanh Minh‘s poster series is visualising recommendations of the “Ministry of Social Wellbeing”, but not without adding a second layer of questioning them, that can be revealed on pressing a button.

Nguyen Thai Ha reminds us that we are responsible for saving endangered animals.



Assignment
First the students had to pick a topic, that they found important to talk about or a problem they wanted to help solving. This could have been anything, human rights, societal issues, health, environmental protection, or a typographical rule they were curious about – just to name a few.

Secondly they had to research, develop their message and content and lastly create a poster series visualising heir concept accordingly. They applied and enhanced their conceptual skills, their knowledge about visual literacy, design theory and typography. Different layers of information had to be considered.

Le Hoang Minh Nhat introduces three attractions from his hometown in the Mekong Delta, using what he has identified as „Vietnamese Style“.

Tran Hanh Vy about confidence

Nguyen Ngoc Tra My about drug addiction



Hand made Typography Lab
Within the analog lab hours, the students had the chance to work with basic letterforms printed on paper, to explore their shape, relationships and experiment freely. The exercises built upon each other and each student submitted a second set of posters made by hand.

Exemplary results from different students.