Lecturer in Graphic Design and Communications
Kai Rentola has taught in the University of Art and Design Helsink's graphic design programme since 1989. His interests in designing with paper and three-dimensional structural design have remained undiminished from his student days. He is also a sculptor and has been a member of the Association of Finnish Sculptors since 1994. His works can be found in the following collections: Design Museo/Helsinki, 1994; American Craft Museum/NY, USA, 1997; University of Helsinki/2000. Kai Rentola's 5-year lectorship at the University of Art and Design Helsinki began in December 2001.
Kai Rentola's main interests in graphic design, as well as his teaching areas in the University of Art and Design Helsinki's graphic design programme, focus on graphic expression, font design and typography.
For students working towards a Master of Arts degree, typography is organised into three study segments: Fundamentals of Typography, Typographical Design I and Typographical Design II. The teaching content ranges from calligraphy and freehand drawing to demanding layout tasks as well as other applicable typographical and digital font design tasks. The goal of the teaching is to develop the student's stylistic awareness of typography as well as the ability to design communications effectively.
In postgraduate studies typography instruction is project-oriented. The teaching
is divided into three areas: the mastery of practical typography, self-initiated
projects and digital font design. The study period for font design includes
the fundamentals of font design. The objective is to create character set applications
with, for example, FontLab software. Working closely with students, Kai Rentola
has produced and implemented several typography and font design exhibitions
in Helsinki beginning in 1996. Most recently, the Context exhibition presenting
student-designed letter fonts was mounted in 2003 as a part of the Helsinki
University Library's The
Metamorphoses of Writing exhibition. Kai Rentola has also written typography-related
online teaching materials for the Virtual University.