Technical Basics of Typography and Layout
This area of study involves the teaching of technical software knowledge and skills for typography and layout in print media using the Adobe programs InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. The aspects covered range from the development of type to letter and sentence parameters for different versions to design techniques for typesetting and layout on single and double sheets in multi-page print material. Folding principles, format and material aspects that influence the outcome are also addressed. Every course in basic studies offers students set study units and the means for individuals to extend their knowledge.
Design technical basics for print objects in software programs are accompanied by questions concerning what is intended to be communicated, function and composition of text and image and the object itself. They imply the knowledge of type design, image qualities and their relationship in terms of meaning. Moreover are the dynamics of compositions on one page or double page spreads, add to this is the development of grids for rhythm and dramaturgy. Typesetting content as pages means to filter the message, a deliberate reduction, the creation of relationships, interpretative scope and complete meaning – page design is poetry, the impact of which unfolds without words between the lines.