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professionals who want to learn more about graphic design

Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Appreciate the history and future of typography as an artform.

  • Compare and contrast the similarities and nuances between the concepts of typography, fonts and text.

  • Work with the various aspects of spacing type, includingleading, kerning and tracking.

Skills you will gain

Color Theoryonline designtextual elementsGraphic DesignPrint Design
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Beginner Level

professionals who want to learn more about graphic design

Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

History of Typography

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Hieroglyphics to Printing Press to Digital Design6m
Baseline Basics5m
Anatomy of a Typeface6m
2 readings
Course Expectations5m
Typographic and Printing Museums1h
1 practice exercise
Module 1 Quiz1h
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Typography, Fonts and Text

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 20 min), 1 reading
2 videos
Font Pairings and Hierarchy12m
1 reading
Typographic Readings1h
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Typography Spacing & Sizing

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Sizing Font4m
Leading Your Lines5m
Tracking and Kerning5m
1 reading
Readings and Videos on Typography1h
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz1h
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

Design Programs and User Experience

4 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
3 videos
Google Fonts9m
Canva and Typefaces7m
1 reading
Design Process Worksheet1h

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About the Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers Specialization

In this hands-on specialization, you will explore basic graphic design elements, color theory, images, publication design and techniques for creating effective layouts. You will also learn about typography, the creative process, the importance of brainstorming, and how to discuss and critique design in a professional setting. Page layout software and online sites will be used to incorporate and manipulate text, color, photographs and images. If you are curious about the design process, work on a team with designers and need to speak some of their language, or want to empower the creatives on your team to be even better, this specialization is made for you....
Graphic Design Elements for Non-Designers

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