IDG2013 - Calligraphy and Font Design


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Portfolio assessment 100/100

Course content

The students are introduced to the fundamental principles, techniques and skills of calligraphy. The course contains excercises and a project. Formative-iterative supervision.

Learning outcome

  • The student will develop basic knowledge and skills in calligraphy and the tools involved.
  • The student will develop further knowledge of letterforms and the connection between analog and digital tools, form and expression, and the connection between use context and letterform.
  • The student will during the course draw a calligraphic alphabet and design a typeface with a full Norwegian alphabet within a given genre of typefaces and for a specified purpose.

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures and individual project, with supervision (formative-iterative evaluation)
  • Sketches, the work process, and the end result must be documented.

The course is run by a professional calligrapher and typeface designer.

Further on evaluation

If fail, the course must be taken anew. Summative assessment at the end of the semester: Passed / failed. The project(s) may then be included in a portfolio for final summative graded assessment (with internal and external examiners) at the end of the third and final year (grades A–F).

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Graphic Design (BMED)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students in the program Bachelor in Graphic Design.

  • IDG1101 Typography I
  • IDG1010 Typography II
  • IDG2312 History of Typography

Course materials

Jenssen, Helene (2016). Kompendium: kalligrafi & skrift. Oslo. Henestrosa, Cristóbal, Laura Meseguer, og José Scaglione. (2017). How to create typefaces: from sketch to screen. Madrid: Tipo e.

SUPPORTIVE LITERATURE: Ahrens, Tim, og Shoko Mugikura (2014). Size-specific adjustments to type designs. München: Just Another Foundry. Beier, Sofie (2017). Type tricks: your personal guide to type design. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. Beier, Sofie (2012). Reading letters: designing for legibility. Amsterdam: BIS Publishers. Character design standards [ overview.aspx]. Cheng, Karen (2006). Designing type. Yale University Press. FontLab users’ manual for Macintosh []. Haralambous, Yannis (2007). Fonts & encodings. Sebastopol: O’Reilly. Noordzij, Gerrit (2005). The stroke: theory of writing. London: Hyphen Press. Rask, Trine (2007). Skriftdesign: grundprincipper og arbejdsproces. København: Grafisk Litteratur. Rask, Trine (2009). Skriftdesign: øvelser på papiret. København: Grafisk Litteratur. Smeijers, Fred (2011). Counterpunch: making type in the sixteenth century – designing typefaces now. 2nd ed. London: Hyphen Press. Southall, Richard (2005). Printer’s type in the twentieth century: manufacturing and design methods. London: The British Library. Unger, Gerard (2018): Theory of Type Design. Rotterdam: Nai10.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT2013 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
IMT3012 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: -

Location: Gjøvik

Subject area(s)
  • Design Methodology
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Portfolio assessment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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