Curriculum Design and Pedagogy for Dynamic Typography

Friday 30 October, 11:40 (20 minutes)

Prof. Christopher J. Moore, Assistant Professor, Concordia University, Department of Design & Computation Arts

Emergent typographic and new media practices necessitate a reimagining of traditional methodologies for design education and pedagogy. By forging unions with the related fields of cognitive psychology, linguistics, and sociology, students become conversant with usability and accessibility considerations, which are critical to professional practice in networked and screen-based production. The curricular shift from specialist courses of study to a more broad-based educational approach not only reflects the pragmatic nature of studio production, but also acknowledges the burgeoning growth of graduate design programs. Master and PhD theses demand an ability to apply and engage with research methodologies, which can be better addressed through adoption of a liberal arts model. The task of devising a comprehensive, non-specialist program without significantly compromising the depth of investigation in any one particular discipline is daunting. As such, the exercise of clarifying the pedagogical parameters for each related course becomes exceedingly crucial. Format: This TypeTech session will adopt a discussion group model. Participants will be encouraged to share specific educational strategies for addressing dynamic, interactive, and screen-based typography at the post-secondary level. My role will consist of introducing the subject area and its inherent challenges, followed by moderation of the ensuing dialogue.