ID Module 1140

Module code


Module title

Foundations of Designing


Interaction Design

Module type


Module form


Duration of module

1 semester

Offered in

winter and sommer semesters

Studio workload

90 hours

90 hours

ECTS credits


Module leader

Prof. Hartmut Bohnacker

Email address

e-mail address

Learning outcomes

After completing this module successfully you will be familiar with the fundamental design and technical parameters of static and dynamic typography in different media contexts. You will have an overview of the historical development of using type and sign systems, be able to make an appropriate stylistic and functional use of typography to produce layouts and able to explain your design decisions. You will be technically able to execute design tasks and will know the basic principles of the appropriate hard- and software well enough to be able to react to future developments.

Module content

Introduction to the fundamental terms of micro- and macro-typography such as typefaces, type sizes, type design, letter and word spacing, type layout, line length, and line spacing, distribution of text, placing illustrations, measuring systems, etc., the historical development of typefaces and of changing printing processes. Introduction to the basic functions and use of current software for layout, illustration, and image processing, and to the technical aspects of displays and software for printing and scanning.

Teaching units in this module

Foundations of Typography (4 contact hours)
Introduction to technical systems (2 contact hours)

Module tutors

Katrin Jedon;
Jens Döring;

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, exercises, tutored project work


Project work, working progress, project results, presentation, documentation

Teaching language

German (English)

Prerequisite for

Module 1230, Interactive Communication Systems

Recommended literature

Aicher, Otl: typographie. Reprint der Originalausgabe. Mainz: Hermann Schmidt, 2005.
Bringhurst , Robert: The Elements of Typographic Style. Point Roberts, Wash.: Hartley & Marks, 2005.
Forssman, Friedrich; de Jong, Ralf: Detailtypografie. Sulgen: Hermann Schmidt, 2004, 4th edition.
Müller-Brockmann, Josef: Rastersysteme für die visuelle Gestaltung. Sulgen: Niggli, 1996.
Ruder, Emil: Typographie. 8th edition. Sulgen: Niggli Verlag, 2010.
Willberg, Hans Peter; Forssman, Friedrich: Lesetypographie. Mainz: Hermann Schmidt, 1997.