New Dimensional Typography


Blaine Wolff

Leah Corey

Ivey Fung

Riley Johnson

Jessalyn Mailoa

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Duration: 6 weeks
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Project Brief

You will create dimensional typography from composition, pattern, to expressive typography and typeface by using computation.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain broader experience in the selection and arrangement of type for effective legibility and readability in computation .
  • Enhance skills for shaping verbal messages through typographic design in computation
  • Explore the expressive range of typography as a primarily visual, illustrative element by computation


As class projects, each student submitted his or her typographic outputs with 40 inches x 40 inches as high-resolution PDFs by using Adobe InDesign. It was digitally printed and exhibited for AIGA Annual Showcase at the University of Wisconsin Madison in May 2019. The exhibition included extended typographic installations by using digital fabrication, glassmaking, and touch screen. As final projects, each students’ works from typographic composition, pattern, typeface design, and typography, were designed and published to each Indie publishing project by using


  1. Creative Code: Aesthetics + Computation, John Made, 2004
  2. Form+CODE in Design, Art, and Architecture, Case Read, and Chandler McWilliams, 2010
  3. Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing, Hartmut Bohnacker and Benedikt Gross, 2012
  4. TYPE + CODE Series,, Yeohyun Ahn
  5. Processing,, Processing Foundation


The students’ outputs were more than expected. Most of the students in the course were eventually highly engaged to learn about an alternative typographic solution by using computation, but at the beginning of the course, students might be concerned about computer coding since they were graphic design majors without preliminary coding experiences. I shared several outstanding designers’ works by using computation to motivate the students and provided technical and emotional supports to explore and implement the students’ fresh and creative ideas. I think that possibilities for participating at the exhibition, AIGA Annual Showcase 2019, at the University of Wisconsin Madison, motivated the students to experiment and complete it professionally. I learned a lot from the course too.

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