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Typography

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Type is everywhere. It is the link between a writer and a reader. Therefore, knowing how to use, control and evaluate typography has become a relevant skill for almost any information-based job in today’s world.

Course Overview

In this 4-week online course you will:

  • Learn basic typographic terminology
  • Be able to distinguish differences between typefaces
  • Be able to identify parts of letterforms
  • Be equipped to decide which typeface to use
  • Know how to set type for optimal legibility and clear hierarchy
  • Learn how to design and evaluate page layouts and control typographic aesthetics

You'll end the course with a certificate of completion, a portfolio of projects, and a strong foundational skillset in typography.


There's a reason why they say that web design is 95% typography — considered type choices are an essential component of any layout. Learn the skills to make your designs stand out.

Typography is made for you

Tailor-made for people who want to understand the design of effective typography, this course takes 10 hours/week between online lectures, projects & mentor work.


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What you'll learn

You’ll build a strong foundation in typography, and develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates your understanding of core principles — like anatomy of letterforms, type classifications & styles, hierarchy, legibility, page layouts, and more.



  • Week 1

    What is Typography?

    Learn the definitions vital to typography, and exactly what good typograhy does for your designs.

    The Anatomy of Letterforms

    Learn the the anatomy of letterforms and more typographic vocabulary.

    Where to Get Good Quality Fonts

    With so many places to search, we'll show you the best places to find fonts for your projects.

  • Week 2

    Type Classifications and Styles

    Let’s look at type classifications, styles and how to choose typefaces.

    • Type Classifications
    • Styles in a Type Family
    • How to Choose a Typeface
    Measuring Type

    Let’s look at how to measure type.

    • Typographic Measurements
    • Ems and Ens
    • Kerning and Tracking
    Optical Alignment

    You'll learn how to use Optical Alignment.

  • Week 3

    Typographic Hierarchy

    Let's dive into typography hierarchy.

    • Point Size
    • Weight/Style
    • Typeface
    • Placement
    • Color/Tonal Value
    Legibility and Readability

    Reduce friction and encourage consumption of your writing and design.

    • Upper and Lower Case
    • Point Size
    • Column Width and Leading
    • Alignment
    • Paragraph Indications
    • Color and Value
  • Week 4

    Basic Paragraph Indications

    You'll learn how to use indentation and extra leading to enhance readability of your paragraphs.

    Combining Typefaces

    Let’s look at best practices for combining typefaces and common pairs.

    Page Layouts

    Let’s look at best practices for typography in page layouts and grids.

Upcoming short course dates

Our short courses start every 4 weeks. Enroll now, the courses fill up quickly. All courses start and end Fridays.

July 7th 2017 Aug 4th 2017 Sign up
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Pricing $299 $499 for four weeks

Next course starts September 1st




  • 14 Projects

  • 4 Skype Sessions

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Have questions? See our FAQ

  • Do I need to know Photoshop (or Sketch, or Illustrator) beforehand?

    No. This course is for complete design beginners, so we'll provide modules to help you get acquainted with your tool of choice. You'll also practice that tool throughout the course as you work on the hands-on projects.

  • Will I learn HTML/CSS?

    Not in this course! In Design 101, you'll get familiar with design tools, learn about the principles of visual design, and hone your own skills.

  • How is the course pacing?

    This course is built for busy professionals. Expect to spend about 5-10 hours per week between projects, readings, and mentor interaction.

  • I'm a student, do you offer discounts?

    Email us! hello@trydesignlab.com

  • Do you offer any other discounts?

    Ask your employer to sponsor the course! We've seen plenty of employers happy to cover the course price because of how much you'll learn :)

  • Does a mentor get assigned to me or can I pick a mentor?

    We do our best to match mentors/students based on timezone, but if you have a request we can definitely try to make it happen!

  • What about the scheduling for the mentoring sessions? How flexible are they?

    They're very flexible — you schedule them yourself, based on your mentor's posted timeslots. You can also reach out to your mentor to figure out the best time that works.

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