Web Type


This course explores typography within the browser, considering the web not as a container but as a medium. We will develop typography that activates the capacities and conditions of websites. Projects will first respond our local browser conditions and different device environments, then expand to working with the remote network as source material. Critique and discussions will examine how publishing on the internet entails a distinct form of engagement and experience. Technical instruction includes basic web languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, as well as type design technology such as variable fonts. Background in coding is recommended but not required.


Remote schedule

Course objectives




Readings will be dispersed throughout the semester to inform and contextualize our work with each project. Be prepared to respond, raise questions, and discuss the text during class.

Show & Tell

Every class, we will begin by sharing an interesting website or two we’ve each come across over the past week.


It’s important to me that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives are well-served by this course, that students’ learning needs are addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity students bring to this class are viewed as a resource, strength, and benefit. I will strive to present materials and activities that challenge accepted canons and are respectful and representative of diversity: gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, culture, perspective, and other background characteristics. Your suggestions about how to improve the value of diversity in this course are always encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know how I might improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally or for other students or student groups.


One unexcused absence and your letter grade drops by one, i.e. from A to a B. Two unexcused absences and you will be dropped from the course. Two late arrivals without prior arrangements equals one unexcused absence. Students who have been absent are expected to have their work completed the class session following their return. To obtain an excused absence, you must both write the instructor in advance and bring in medical documentation. See also: RISD’s Attendance Policy

Attendance in our planned remote meetings, whether with the class, small-group, or 1-on-1, is mandatory. Please also join meeting times promptly to ensure that each student has enough time for their crit, and to avoid cascading delays. Given the situation, I also understand that things may come up and needs to reschedule—but please try inform me beforehand so we can plan around it. Our Slack channel will continue to be the main source for information on class schedule and logistics.


Due to the transition to remote learning, we will be switching to a Pass/No Credit final grading this course. To pass the course, students are expected to: