One Lecture: Introduction to Architectural Lettering
It is a necessity
that you read and follow all instructions throughout the Lecture.
Lectures are designed with interactivity, to aid in the learning
process. Often times the lectures will include tips for properly
completing assignments. Be sure to read all information, view all
Audio and Video files and complete all practicals associated with
Let me just
give you a brief overview of course procedures. ARC109 is a 2 credit
hour course. In the traditional classroom this class would meet
3 hours a week for 15 weeks or as a 7 week class it would meet 6
hours per week. You should plan on spending 6 to 8 hours per week
on this class.
The text book
for this class is Architectural Graphics, Third Edition,
Francis D.K. Ching, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, ISBN# 0471287539.
This is a classic book on architectural drawing. You will use this
book through out your years in Architecture or Interior Design school
as well as when you are a practicing designer. You will notice that
I tend to refer to the book as simply "Ching". You may
buy the book new or used. The first and second addition are a different
format so the page numbers may not match, but I can help you with
that if necessary.
is a different issue online then in a classroom. Attendance in this
class will mean communicating with the instructor. This will take
through the WebCT Discussion Board. You will notice the 10% of your
grade is based on participation.
The weeks assignments
must be scanned and emailed to me by the next Friday at noon. The
paper copies of your assignments are to be mailed to me on that
A note regarding
equipment. You will see on the equipment list that there are quite
a few items to purchase. When you buy your drafting equipment you
do not need to purchase the most expensive item available. However,
it is important to get the right paper. Be sure to buy Clearprint
1000H paper. Make sure that it doesn't have grid lines on it.
lettering is an essential skill for any designer. The designer uses
Architectural lettering to communicate information to the client
and the contractor. It is difficult to emphasize the importance
of good lettering. As a student and a professional the first impression
you make is very important and that first impression often comes
from your Architectural lettering. There are firms who ask applicants
to use Architectural lettering on their job applications.
During the next
seven weeks you will master this important skill. The important
points to remember are:
- Use light
- Always use
a straight edge to draw the vertical lines for your letters.
are to be dark, dark, dark.
should all be the same width.
here to view Lettering
Example Files: A-Z and 0-9
would like you to view three video clips which will aid you in developing
good lettering skills.
you watch the three video clips on lettering, print out the A,
B, and C lettering sheets:
A is a sample lettering sheet.
B has squares to use during the video so you can practice
while you watch the video (video clip below).
C is a guide sheet for practicing letters at 3/16"
you view the three video clips on lettering you should get set
up. You do not need all of your drawing supplies this week. You
will need to have:
- A triangle
or Ames Lettering Guide
- #2 pencil
set up your sheet for viewing of videos:
- Place Lettering
B on your drawing surface and tape it down. Make sure that the
sheet is lined up straight in relation to the parallel rule.
- Place a
sheet of 1000H on top of Lettering B and tape it to the drawing
- Have your
triangle and #2 pencil ready.
- Have Lettering
A handy to show you the shape of the letters.
the 4 videos and practice your lettering:
56k - 256k
Video Two 56k
56k - 256k
Video Four 56k - 256k
The more you
practice the better your lettering will be! Assignment
on lettering skills. See "Assignments" link under Week
One on the course "Classroom" page, for detailed assignment
Click here to
view Lettering Example Files: A-Z and 0-9
you have questions regarding any of the material covered in this
section, visit the "Week One: Lettering" Discussion
Forum. The forum can be accessed by clicking on the "Activate
Course WebCT Account" link located on the course "Classroom"
page. Once inside WebCT's discussion board, post questions and/or
comments under the appropriate forum.