VCO3305 - Digital font design - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Design


Mr Daniel Milne

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


While this unit is concerned with the acquisition of skills to produce fonts digitally, the emphasis is on focused experimentation and the refinement of those skills. Students become familiar with the potentiality and limitations of specific font software packages and learn how to achieve high quality results. This is a highly specialised area of computer-generated typography and offers students the opportunity to be in the forefront of font development. Questions of legibility and the challenging of traditional methods of conveying messages through typography are addressed, discussed and debated.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. understand how to create digital fonts using specific design software
  2. demonstrate a sound knowledge of type construction
  3. use a computer as an effective design tool
  4. have a greater understanding of the importance of type legibility through the design and application of digitally produced fonts
  5. digitally produce fonts with skill and focused experimentation to a professional standard
  6. consider research as a strategy to develop and initiate concept development within their practical work.


Major projects: 80%. Minor projects: 20%.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including: 4-hour studio and 9 independent study hours per week

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