Typography Fundamentals - Feel confident with type!
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Typography Fundamentals - Feel confident with type!

Learn how to use type properly and effectively. Avoid common mistakes. Obtain professional results in graphic design
4.4 (294 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,434 students enrolled
Created by Wanda Granata
Last updated 9/2019
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop the capacity to individuate different styles and influences in typefaces
  • Feel confident when choosing and combining typography
  • Avoid common mistakes
  • Make an effective use of typography
  • No software or software knowledge is required.

Course Summary

Typography is present in every graphic design project, whether it be print or digital, motion or brand identity. This course explains how to use type properly in order to obtain professional results. The course directly addresses development of the skills a graphic designer must master for real world projects.

The use of video, voiceover, images and motion help to create a smooth and efficient learning experience with lasting results.

The course It’s structured in the following way:

    1. Tools:

    Develop a basic knowledge of the shape, proportions, and historical heritage of the letterforms that permit the graphic designer to classify typefaces into categories.

    2. Methodology:

    Once basic knowledge is required and common language is established, a method that can be applied to any graphic design project is presented. This method will enable the student to choose the right typefaces for each project with confidence.

    3. Obtaining Visible Professional Results:

    There are many specific elements of typography that a professional graphic designer must master in order to deliver the desired result in a clean and effective manner.

    The following concepts are explained:

    · Kerning, tracking, leading, alignment and spacing

    · A collection of Dos and Don’ts as well as Quick Tips that will come in handy in every project is presented

    4. Verification

    The use of quizzes at the end of each lesson will allow the student to gauge their understanding of the most important concepts.

    5. Keep learning!

    Recommended books and online resources are presented for the purpose of ongoing learning as well as staying updated about current typography trends.

As stated above, this course is less about the history of typography and is father strictly relevant for people who want to develop skills and learn the tools needed for typography now.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is perfect for graphic designers that are already working, that need the knowledge now, and may be they don’t have enough time to read or follow long courses. Non graphic designers are NOT excluded for we start from the beginning and really anybody interested in typography may follow this course.
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 58:25
+ Anatomy
2 lectures 03:17

Introduction to the different elements of the letterform. This knowledge will be useful when having to decide what typeface to use according to the function or the style required.

Preview 01:15

Optical compensations are the tricks that type designers use to give the illusion of uniform, even text a body sizes. In this lesson, you will be shown some unexpected situations you may encounter when enlarging type (for example, in a big header or logo).

Optical Compensation
3 questions
+ Classification
4 lectures 16:19

We’ll start talking about the differences in the shape and proportions of letterforms, which determine the main categories in which they are classified.

Main Classification

Sans Serifs classification

Sans Serifs Classification

One more category which includes serifs and sans serifs, as well as script typefaces. We are talking about DISPLAY typefaces.

Display type
8 questions
+ Pick the right typeface for your projects
2 lectures 09:09

Whenever a graphic designer starts a new project, one of the first questions that arises is, “What typeface should I use?” In this lesson I’ll provide you with a method that will enable you to choose the right type with confidence

Preview 05:14

Next BIG question: How do I combine different typefaces? 8 tips to make safe choices.

Mixing and combining different typefaces
+ Putting words, lines and paragraphs together
3 lectures 18:17

There are many variables to take into consideration that help to make the reading experience much better. Spacing is one of those. In this lesson you'll learn how to obtain good looking, easy to read text.

6 questions

In this section I’ll present a series of quick recommendations and tips that I’ve learned during my experience as a graphic designer.

Preview 05:49

It’s incredible how much we can learn from bad examples! Here you'll find a series of examples of common mistakes and horrors in graphic design that it’s better to avoid.

Type crimes
Dos and Don'ts
6 questions
+ Tools and resources
3 lectures 11:23

In the previous lessons of this course, many famous and well-known typefaces and designers were mentioned. In this section I’ll just mention a few more designers and their outstanding typefaces that have already become contemporary classics, and that I can guarantee will still be around for long time, if not forever.

Contemporary classics

Excellent books and online resources to keep learning and improving.

Resources online and offline
Before we say goodbye