All conference participants are invited and encouraged to attend the Student Research and Creativity Conference banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Union Building Ballroom. There is no cost to attend the banquet, but advance reservations are required. Each student participant may bring up to two guests. To make a banquet reservation, contact Kathie Rolston at 575.562.2343 or email@example.com
Opening remarks will be made by ENMU president Dr. Jeff Elwell. Student Research Conference awards will be presented by co-chairs Dr. David Hemley and Dr. Suzanne Swift. The guest speaker will be Ms. Jessica Gerlach, Assistant Professor of Art.
USING OUR HANDS: What hand-setting type can teach design students about typography
The letterpress printing process is one of the oldest typographic printing methods for putting words on paper. The process originated in about 1450 when Johann Gutenberg introduced movable type in Europe and has remained virtually unchanged to this day. Over the past six years, I have been incorporating the use of letterpress into my Typography I and Typography II courses.
The students are introduced to the process of hand-setting metal and wood type and hand-printing using tabletop proofing presses. Through the process of hand-setting type, students gain a thorough understanding of the anatomy of type, scale, kerning, tracking, line spacing, and alignment as it is used in letters, words and paragraphs. They make connections between the terminologies of typography as it relates to the origins of movable type and typesetting.
Working with manual typesetting, students learn to use problem-solving skills that are often overlooked in digital publications. For example, using multiple type styles and sizes in the same line, or having letter ascending or descending above the baseline, both of which are difficult to achieve in metal type.