Undergraduate Courses

MCC-UE 1508 - Print, Typography and Form

 This course surveys a number of important themes in Western history and thought by way of our most omnipresent medium: typography. Organized around three major technological innovations—the printing press in the mid-15th century, multi-cylinder and sheet-fed rotary presses in the second half of the 19th century, and the desktop computer in the late 20th century—this course will look at the sociopolitically transformative power of print. Topics of study may include print’s relation to: religion and science, censorship and ownership of the press, money, advertising in the public sphere, gender politics, Nationalism, Socialism, late-20th century countercultures, as well as more contemporary concerns that arise from the transition of print to digital and online platforms. In this course we will discover that whether dealing with marketing, journalism, political activism, design, or new media, typography is a fundamental concern.