Undergraduate Degree




DV2004 Typography II

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DV2000; Academic Unit: 3.0]




Academic Unit


3 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To develop in the students the knowledge gained from DV2000 Typography I. To deliver to the students an understanding of the page from the point of view of typographic design. To develop in the students an understanding of how typography fits within the broader context of graphic design.


As the second in a series of three, Typography II introduces students to the tools needed to make and apply grid systems. Beginning with the paragraph and single page type layouts students develop an understanding of the complexity of applied typography. Through lectures, assignments and specific case studies many aspects of layout systems that address multiples and grids are introduced. Emphasis is on the development of a coherent narrative within and across pages. Students continue developing their presentation and peer critique skills.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Review single page and sentence layouts 

• Paragraph and multiple column layout and the single page

• The grid systems and multi-page 

• Design composition elements in relation to the multi-page


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Multi-page, multi-lingual layout and composition 

• The organic relationship between page furniture and its main content. 

• Multilayered information on single and multi-page layouts 

• Developing text and image driven structures

• Content and design


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have learned how the aesthetic reading of a page is informed by the spatial and formal elements of its design.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


  1. Ellen Lupton, Thinking With Type, Princeton Architectural Press

  2. Gavin Ambrose, Paul Harris, The Fundamental of Typography, AVA Press

  3. Timothy Samara, Design Evolution: A Handbook of Basic Design Principles Applied in Contemporary Design, Rockport

  4. Kimberly Elam, Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type, Princeton Architectural Press