Sean Yendrys’ sophomore Core Studio Typography class teaches students an understanding of the properties of typefaces, their context and how typography helps readers read and navigate a text. The class investigates letterform structure and type classification systems, typographic terminology, history of type and printing, principles of spacing, use of typographic contrast in composition, legibility, hierarchy, and typographic form as a tool for expression and communication. Students start by doing a short exercise which asks them to analyze the shape of letterforms, and to then re-arrange the traditionally understood alphabet in a completely new order, using a formal logic that can argue one leader following another. For the rest of the semester, the assignments frame typography through iterations of scale.
The final assignment – developed in collaboration with the Core Lab class, taught by Kellie Konapelsky – collects a set of five essays to be organized in a small reader publication. This assignment has students consider organization through repetition of elements, and how to exploit opportunities for difference within an established system.