The Basel School of Design
Ted Davis is an American media artist and designer based in Basel, Switzerland, where he is an Interaction Design Lecturer within the Visual Communication Institute at the Academy of Art and Design HGK FHNW. He holds a BA in Communication Design from California State University Chico and an MFA/MAS in Visual Communication from UIC/HGK International Master of Design in Basel. His own work and teachings focus on image making via programming new and newer media, along with embracing the error and glitch while questioning the ideal and mimetic conditions digital media is asked to encompass.
When Type Meets Programming at The Basel School of Design
Starting with Basel’s historical precedent for teaching type in motion, one of many courses that started in 1968 with Peter von Arx’s Film Graphics curriculum, this talk will highlight recent developments and projects using type as explored through interaction design. These include the use of audio and alternative displays to manipulate letterforms while introducing students to programming, embracing digital errors (glitch) in the search for new surprising forms, developing custom tools to revisit the basics when designing time with type and explorations into using the body to generate custom type. Furthermore an insight of an open source library, basil.js, will be shared, a tool which enables students and designers to create generative typographic layouts within InDesign through approachable code.