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Laura Franz

Professor / Chairperson

Art & Design

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College of Visual & Performing Arts 349A

Education

1997Carnegie Mellon UniversityMDes
1991Western Michigan UniversityBFA

Teaching

  • Typography (print, web, screen, typeface design)
  • Graphic Design History
  • Design Studio (In-house Internships)
  • Branding and Identity
  • Web Design

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Open to all University Students Chronological survey of Graphic Design from pre-writing to present. This course examines graphic design within the context of technological, political, social, and economic developments ¿ and occasionally its relationship to other visual arts. Emphasis is on the story of Graphic Design ¿ how it changed over time, and some of the forces that played a part in that change.

Open to all University Students Chronological survey of Graphic Design from pre-writing to present. This course examines graphic design within the context of technological, political, social, and economic developments ¿ and occasionally its relationship to other visual arts. Emphasis is on the story of Graphic Design ¿ how it changed over time, and some of the forces that played a part in that change.

Research

Research Activities

  • RWD (Responsive Web Design) Typography. RWD Summit, 2015. Online (presentation). March 2015
  • Finding, Testing, and Using Web Fonts. How Interactive Conference East, Washington, D.C. (presentation). September, 2012
  • How to Choose and Use Web Fonts (video series). Publisher: Lynda.com. July 2012
  • Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS (Book). Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. October 2011
  • Typography For Web Designers (video series). Publisher: Lynda.com. July 2011

Research

Research Interests

  • Web Typography: traditional typographic practice and theories applied to web typography
  • (TL:DR) Redefining Reading: the history and mechanics of reading to better understand how and why people read.
  • Typefaces of New Bedford: the history of a place, explored through ephemeral letters and words

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Biography

Inspired by the intersection of tradition and technology, Laura's research interests include how we can use theory from established media to inform our understanding of new media and contemporary messages. She writes, presents, and makes art related to typography, how and why people read, and art/design history.

Presenting
book
This is a webpage
Sabbatical work
NB4 Jimmy
historic type
gwf homepage
lynda.com presents
Transition and Technology

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