Typotastic: A collaborative teaching and learning model

Neil Haslem, Margaret Woodward

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Typotastic is a design journal published by the Visual Communication Studio at the Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania, as part of the curriculum for third year graphic design students. Typotastic is an award winning, unique collaboration between design educators, students, industry professionals and commentators, working together to produce Australia's first publication dedicated solely to the critical writing and exploration of typography. The project represents an innovative pedagogical model combining collaborative design practice and a real-world project. Through Typotastic students publish an international design journal, collaborating both on content and design. Lecturers take the roles of editor and creative director, guiding the publication through to finished printed outcome. Typotastic also generates research, conceptual frameworks, written and visual content and contact with scholarly networks. Typotastic is not a seamless design project; instead it is vulnerable to the usual compromises, timelines and budget pressures of any normal publication. Students are exposed to a high level of professional practice experience and learn what it takes to create a publication from initial vision through to finished work. This paper presents the project Typotastic as an example of innovative teaching through collaboration, and argues that many of the strengths of the project come from its high-risk and collaborative nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalTypotastic: Collaborators and Collectives
Issue numbern/a
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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