The Text Block as Building Block

The Text Block as Building Block
with Angie Wang

Workshop at Letterform Archive
Type West Public Workshop
Sat–Sun, Oct 10–11, 2020
10:00am–5:00pm PDT
Coronavirus update: Letterform Archive is taking steps that will help to protect our community. This workshop is rescheduled from its original March 28–29 date.

The text block is fundamental to creating any typographic system — whether on the page or on screen. But what typeface to use, and at what size? How do we determine line length and leading? And what about readability?

In this two-day workshop students will learn basic principles of setting text typography. We will begin by examining the interdependence between type size, leading, line length, ragging, and justification. Students will then be introduced to traditional methods of shaping the page, and will set continuous text within the grids of a single-column and multicolumn page.

This workshop is for beginning typographers, or for any designer who needs a refresher on setting a proper text block. Basic knowledge of InDesign is required.

Required Materials
  • Notebook for taking notes
  • Mac laptop with Adobe InDesign installed
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • White out
  • Removable glue stick
About Angie Wang

Angie Wang is a designer and educator who specializes in typography and typographic systems. She is the Creative Director of Design is Play, the award-winning design and branding studio she founded with partner Mark Fox in 2007. Wang and Fox are co-authors of “Symbols: A Handbook for Seeing,” published by The Monacelli Press in 2016.

Wang’s work has been exhibited at the Design Museum, London, and the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It is included in collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London; the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich; the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg; the Poster Museum at Wilanów, Warsaw; the United States Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Her work is also represented in the collections of the Letterform Archive in San Francisco and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles.

Wang is a Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco where she teaches typography in the Graphic Design program. She is an alumna of UC Berkeley and California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.