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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

A study of the history of art and visual culture from the ancient world to the present. This course consists of a chronological study of painting, sculpture and architecture as well as photography, film and digital media, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural and social forces that shape these artifacts.

A study of the history of art and visual culture from the ancient world to the present. This course consists of a chronological study of painting, sculpture and architecture as well as photography, film and digital media, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural and social forces that shape these artifacts.

A study of the history of art and visual culture from the ancient world to the present. This course consists of a chronological study of painting, sculpture and architecture as well as photography, film and digital media, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural and social forces that shape these artifacts.

A study of the history of art and visual culture from the ancient world to the present. This course consists of a chronological study of painting, sculpture and architecture as well as photography, film and digital media, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural and social forces that shape these artifacts.

Provides fundamental knowledge needed to develop course content, curriculum, and project planning for studio classes taught in the foundation program.

Provides fundamental knowledge needed to develop course content, curriculum, and project planning for studio classes taught in the foundation program.

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.

An in-depth exploration of a specific sculptural concern. A single topic will be offered each semester. Special topics include Bronze Casting, Aluminum Casting, Stone Carving, Installation/Performance Art, The Figure, Cast Paper, and Site-Specific Sculpture.

An in-depth exploration of a specific sculptural concern. A single topic will be offered each semester. Special topics include Bronze Casting, Aluminum Casting, Stone Carving, Installation/Performance Art, The Figure, Cast Paper, and Site-Specific Sculpture.

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

Select publications

Laura Franz (2014).
Size Matters: Balancing Line Length and Font Size in Responsive Web Design
Smashing Magazine. Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH.

Laura Franz (2013).
Dear Web Font Providers
Smashing Magazine. Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH.

Laura Franz (2013).
Setting Weights and Styles With The @font-face Declaration
Smashing Magazine. Publisher: Smashing Media GmbH.

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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