The term Lettering describes the widest possible spectrum of how letters can be designed and created. It includes sketching, drawing, writing, painting, tracing, constructing, inscribing, cutting-out, chiseling, outlining, or spraying. Found throughout the history of type design and typography many such methods were invented for or were the result of advancing reproduction techniques, and have consequently, all but vanished from the formal-conceptual vocabulary of todays artist-designer.
The term Lettering also includes the design of a single letter, letter-letter or letter-sign combinations, words, phrases, sentences, or an entire text. From a single symbol to typography, the integrity of the letterform is dependent upon timeless, essential pictorial qualities: structure, contrast, value, and rhythm.
During both modules Basic Lettering and Advanced Lettering shape-producing tools, including their derivations and deviations, will be demonstrated, explained in an historical context, and experienced by the student.
Basic Lettering (1 Week), Teacher: Katharine Wolff
To define seven criteria of letterform design. A complete miniscule alphabet conceived from the circle will be analyzed, designed, and written with the broad-edged pen as a final text page in two languages. During one intensive week of study students will discover their own personal rhythm and develop the critical awareness to underpin a rudimentary understanding for the design of type.