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Easy Typography Tips to Beautify and Strengthen Your Work

Build confidence, save money, and create beautiful content for your work needs from simple explanations of typography.
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Being able to create clean, polished, and effective content by yourself can really save you money while helping you spread your messages.

It can feel daunting to need to do “design work" if you are not a designer. But having a strong sense of how to put things together is easier than you may think. I'll show you how.

This course, the second of two, helps you to get comfortable with intermediate typographic design concepts. Topics like letter spacing, word spacing, text alignment, and color theory are covered. Also, some a few simple, general graphic design topics have been added as well - to help tie everything together.

The course is designed to take the pain out of needing to face design challenges on your own.

  • The videos break things down using simple explanations.
  • The lectures are short, so that you can take it all in quickly.
  • The supplemental materials help you remember what you have learned.
Who is the target audience?
  • People who are intimidated by design.
  • People who want to be able to create professional-looking work.
  • People who are looking for a quick way to develop these skills.
  • People who are looking to save money by not needing to hire a designer for every design challenge.
  • This course is NOT for absolute beginners. Students should already know about fonts, their differences, and how to combine them with design harmony.
  • This course is also NOT for designers - you already know this stuff!
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What Will I Learn?
You will understand typographic topics like letter spacing, word spacing, text alignment, and color theory.
You will get tips on ways to effectively work with color, and even how to create your own color schemes!
In addition to typography topics, you will get an entire section with simple explanations of design basics for creating great layouts.
You will see theories explained using practical examples.
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  • No materials are needed, but students should already know about typefaces (i.e. - the different font categories) and how to combine them effectively. This course is the second of two courses.
Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
3 Lectures 07:14

Welcome to the course!

Preview 01:11

Students will learn how to get the most out of this course.

Preview 05:18

Students will learn why sharing is caring.

Preview 00:45
Line Spacing
7 Lectures 16:46

Students will be introduced to the topic of kerning.

Preview 02:41

Students will learn tips for making kerning adjustments.

Preview 03:04

Students will learn about kerning letters that have serifs.

Working Around Serifs

Students will learn about leading and tracking.

Letter Spacing and Paragraph Spacing

Students will learn techniques for tackling widows and orphans that may crop up in their work.

Fixing Widows and Orphans

This lecture covers things to keep in mind when opting to make all text the same width.

When Using Even Columns of Text….

In this lecture, students will learn about rags and how to fix them.

Dealing With Rags

Take this quiz to find out how much you remember from this section.

How Much Do You Remember?
5 questions
7 Lectures 22:34

Students will learn about whitespace and why it is an important design concept.

Why You Shouldn't Use Up All of Your Space

Students will be introduced to color theory.

Color Theory

Students will learn about the different gradients of hues.

Same Color, Different Feel

Students will learn about monochromatic color schemes, their strengths, and how to create them.

Using ONE Color, Effectively

Students will learn how to add variety to their designs while keeping things very simple.

Analogous Colors

Students will learn about complimentary colors.

Working with Opposite Colors, and Why You Would Want To

Students will learn how to create color schemes that are made up of three or four colors.

Creating More Complex Color Schemes

Take this quiz to find out how much you remember from this section.

How Much Do You Remember?
5 questions
1 Lecture 00:12

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All of the lecture notes in one place
About the Instructor
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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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