Interactive Media Design (GRDE-207)
This new sophomore-level course introduces graphic design majors and minors to screen-based design. Design projects are created with HTML and CSS, with an emphasis on applying formal design and typographic principles to functional interactive designs through typical UX methodologies, as well as consideration for crafting optimal user experiences.
Adopt-A-Font is an initiative of RIT's Cary Collection to clean, preserve, organize and utilize their extensive collection of wood type fonts. Students who volunteer for Adopt-A-Font not only learn about the collection and the history of letterpress printing, but also gain access to use the university's letterpresses.
In our Interactive Media Design classes, Adopt-A-Font: Condensed is a project that prompts students to explore the convergence of analog and digital. It also encourages them step away from the computer and engage in hands-on making, and integrate design history and traditional approaches with interactive media. Teams of students worked together to "adopt" and care for one of the Collection's many wood typefaces. For the course project, they documented their process and later created a site about their font and their experience, with the goal of creating interest in the Adopt-A-Font program and shedding light on some of its lesser-known fonts.
Selected Adopt-A-Font Sites
The thumbnails below will take you to students' full project sites (each opens in a new tab).