Typography Research: Carving Lesson

Teaching

I was teaching Type 1 a few years ago  and noticed that the students were really having a hard time with white space around their letter forms. After a few false starts, I went back to how I learned the concept: from printmaking, specifically letterpress. I had them bring in erasers that we then collectively carved into our own letters.

In one glorious and messy day, the students started to grasp leading and kerning with ease. I was asked to help rewrite the course and was able to incorporate this lesson for all future City Tech advertising design department students.

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Libby Clarke is an artist, designer, and educator living in Maplewood, NJ. She received her BFA in Printmaking from James Madison University and her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Professionally, Libby has worked as an interaction art director for over 15 years for such companies as Agency.com and Scholastic.com. She was an Assistant Professor at the New York College of Technology in Brooklyn, New York. She also served as the Director of the Studio School of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. As an artist, Libby has produced a series of multi-media conceptual products under the name Monstress Productions since 1996. She gives workshops and lectures across the United States on the intersection of art, activism, and technology, and her pieces are exhibited and collected internationally.