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Typography: Learn the Basics to Build a Solid Foundation

Quick basics and quizzes to help you build a foundation in typography through understanding typefaces (fonts).
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  • 38 mins on-demand video
  • 5 mins on-demand audio
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Understand what the different categories of fonts are.
Recognize the differences between the various categories.
Know the histories of the different types and common usages.
See how their histories have influenced their traits.
Gauge their overall strengths and weaknesses based on different contexts.
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  • This is a beginner-level course that does not force students to have any special prior knowledge. Also, no special tools or software is required.

**UPDATED AUGUST 2015** Called "Amazing overview of typography - very engaging!"

Start to become comfortable tackling everyday design challenges! This course was created for non-designers who want to understand typography better.

About this course:

  • Quick and concise lessons
  • No special tools or software needed
  • Quizzes and materials to help you learn
  • Full, free lifetime access to this course
  • All future extra lectures for this course and upgrades are always included for free
  • Unconditional Udemy 30 day money-back guarantee - that's my personal promise of your success!

Today, you can start to increase your confidence with putting together your own content.

Also, the first 1,000 students of this course will receive a very special bonus - free access to the next course I am creating. That course will go deeper into typography and help you further your skills through things like learning how to design strong layouts, pair fonts effectively, and use simple graphic design principles to strengthen your work.

Click the "take this course" button, top right, now to enroll.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students who will get the most out of this course are absolute beginners who have no background with typography. This course is intended to build a foundational understanding of typefaces that will later be built on to help students easily choose fonts for projects, combine them nicely, add meaning and beauty to their work, and create content with greater confidence.
  • Design professionals and other students who already have a working knowledge of typography will find this course too basic.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 01:07:27
Course Introduction and Things to Keep in Mind as You Begin
3 Lectures 08:48

Let's begin with bits of inspiration from an "each one, teach one" sort of activity.

Sharing is Caring
Typefaces (Categories of Fonts)
9 Lectures 11:25

Old Style

Modern Serifs

Slab Serifs

Sans Serifs

Fraktur / Old English



Share Your Thoughts

Take this quiz to check how much you remember about the differences between the typefaces.

How much do you remember?
4 questions

Can you identify the different font types?

Match the fonts
9 questions
Creating With Type
14 Lectures 16:14

An introduction to the core principles that will help you in your typography work.

Simple Core Principles

The Single Most Effective Way to Add Visual Interest to Your Work

Improve Clarity and Increase Visual Appeal

CAUTION: Avoid This!

Key Takeaways for Principle 1

Why Unity is Important and How to Show It

Hone Your Design to Create the Most Order

Key Takeaways for Principle 2

Show How the "Part" Fits the "Whole"

Composition is AWESOME, Here's Why

Relationships in Your Design Work

Why Highlight Unity

Key Takeaways for Principle 4
The Principles Put Into Use
7 Lectures 06:59
What's in Store

Contrast Example

Consistency Example

Composition Example

Closeness Example

Congrats, You've Made It!
1 Lecture 00:00

Individual PDFs structured for taking notes are provided with each lecture. However, if you prefer to have them all in one printable PDF file, download and print this file instead.

All of the lecture notes in one place
24 pages
About the Instructor
3.7 Average rating
28 Reviews
7,587 Students
2 Courses
Design and Small Business Instructor

My background is in fashion and digital marketing. Over the past few years, I have served as the Director of Marketing for a handmade sneaker company, consulted fashion startups on their digital marketing efforts and, most recently, am the co-founder of a fashion startup.

I have a passion for helping and sharing what I know with people who are looking for insights. My courses will pull from my background to help other people involved with small business projects, startups, or even freelancers and educators who are looking to hone their skills.

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