Course Title: Typography for Publication Design

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Typography for Publication Design

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


370H Design


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Stuart Geddes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3716

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 9 Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will explore specialist typographic principles and techniques for the design of books and other publications. You will examine theories and examples of best practice and of disruptive innovation in typography for readability. You will investigate advanced approaches to layout grids and page composition, responsive to a range of formats and media.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course, you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Employ appropriate technical skills and theoretical knowledge to solve problems associated with creative work in communication design.

• Critically reflect on your work to demonstrate autonomy, good judgement and ethical responsibility.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse works of publication design in relation to typographic history and theory, and in relation to canonical standards of readability.
  2. Execute typographic solutions for publication design, with a command of established principles and contemporary design techniques.
  3. Critically reflect upon the ethical implications of readability in typography and publication design.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as studios, project work, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, individual and group activities.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources that are relevant to the focus of your own learning.

There are services available to support your learning, including the University Library and Study Support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include studio projects, group work, presentations and critiques.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1 (25%)
Critical essay
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 3

Assessment Task 2 (25%)
Layout design
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1, 2

Assessment Task 3 (50%)
Publication design
Linked to course learning outcomes: 1,3

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.