Typography at the École Supérieure d'Art des Pyrénées (Pau site)

Programme (second and third years)

Perrine Saint Martin's course focuses on learning the basics of printing and on managing of the space of the page at various scales. It deals with macro-typography, which is concerned with the general structure of the page, including the construction of a grid, typeface choice, line spacing, style sheets and paragraphs, and micro-typography, by means of which one engages with the line through the choice of spaces between words, ligatures, justification (or not), line breaks, etc.

This workshop is the place for experimentation with the printed object; each student deals with printing issues, and with the choice of a distinct iconographic content from the fields of art, design, architecture or drawing. At the start of each class, time is spent analysing magazines, newspapers and catalogues (typographical choices, number of fonts, typefaces, iconographic choices, the grid, editorial policy, financing, etc.), Visual analysis is carried out and presented by each student.

This workshop is the place for experimentation with the printed object; each student deals with printing issues, and with the choice of a distinct iconographic content from the fields of art, design, architecture or drawing.

Optional course: type design

In addition to individual student projects for the Diplôme National d'Arts Plastiques (DNAP), students may take an optional course in type design. From the single character to combined systems, students experiment with the alphabet and with designing letters. This practical workshop is accompanied by films on the specific history of this medium, from the appearance of the first lead type in France to the discovery of contemporary type design practices.

Workshops

Graphic designers and typographers are invited to speak at the school as a complement to the typography course (Grégoire Romanet, Ronald Curchod, Charles Maze & Coline Sunier, Damien Gautier, Pierre Vanni, Change is good, Sandra Chamaret, Julien Gineste, Jérémie Baboukhian, etc.)