Digital Typography

A close-up photo of text on a screen.

The ubiquitous nature of typography. (Photo ©


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Fall 1997



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Course Highlights

This class was one of the earliest classes taught in the Aesthetics and Computation Group at the MIT Media Lab. This class from 1997 deals with the ubiquitous nature of type and typography, and how it might be modified and redesigned in the digital age.

Course Description

This class introduces studies in the algorithmic manipulation of type as word, symbol, and form. Problems covered will include semantic filtering, inherently unstable letterforms, and spoken letters. The history and traditions of typography, and their entry into the digital age, will be studied. Weekly assignments using Java® will explore new ways of looking at and manipulating type.

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John Maeda. MAS.962 Digital Typography. Fall 1997. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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