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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.


  • Aspiring designers

    Learn the core techniques of typography layout & selection, and understand the process of identifying and pairing type faces to enhance your designs.

  • Developers

    Calling all developers! Up your ante in typography, pick the right fonts for your pages, and enhance the first impression people have when they land on your pages.

  • Print/graphic designers

    Learn how to implement typography to increase readability, clarity, and consumption of your designs.

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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.

Pricing

$299

for Four Weeks

Next course starts May 5th

  • 7 Projects
  • 4 Skype Sessions
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Have questions? See our FAQ

  • Where can I learn more about Typography?

    Here's a great article we recommend.

  • Do I need any special tools for the course, like Illustrator or Sketch?

    We highly recommend you have Illustrator or Sketch because you'll be building your projects and portfolio in these.

  • Will I be able to get a job after this?

    This is a 40-hour course that's not quite intended to create job-level outcomes. But, you will get a strong understanding of typography fundamentals, and start to build a great portfolio of work in this course.

  • How is the course pacing?

    This course is built for busy folks. Expect to spend about 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 :)

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