Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, USA  
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Project. Text Alignment

Purpose. To explore the possibilities of typographic alignment (flush left,
flush left, justified, centered) as the basic architecture of typography.

Assignment. Interpret the meaning of a block of text by manipulating the
alignment of lines and columns (flush left, flush right, justified, and
centered). Use the Adobe Garamond type family, 9 point. No variations in size
are permitted.

Format. 6 x 6 inches

Time. Two weeks


Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the MFA program in graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore. She also is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City, where she has organized numerous exhibitions, each accompanied by a major publication, including the National Design Triennial series (2000 and 2003), Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002), Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age (1999), Mixing Messages (1996), and Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office.

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