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About the Course

Typography is the art of manipulating the visual form of language to enrich and control its meaning. It’s an essential area of skill and knowledge for graphic designers. Typography predates modern graphic design by around 500 years; it is rich in rules, conventions, and esoteric terminology—but it remains an exciting space for invention and expression. In this rigorous introductory course, we will study, name, and measure the characteristics of letterforms. We’ll consider the pragmatic concerns involved in selecting and combining type. We’ll peek into the 
rich historical, cultural, and aesthetic histories of familiar typefaces. We’ll discuss time-tested conventions and best practices in setting type, as governed by principles of hierarchy and spatial organization. And we’ll explore the expressive, meaning-making potential of type. Informative lectures will be complemented by a series of three peer-assessed assignments, culminating 
in an opportunity to design a full-scale typographic poster. Please note that this is not a software course; a basic working knowledge of Adobe InDesign or other 
page layout software will be assumed. You will need access to a computer and page layout software, such as InDesign, to complete the assignments....

Top reviews


Aug 04, 2020

I thought the assignments worked really cohesively with one another. It helped to keep terms and skills in mind from one assignment to the next. The lecture videos were great, short, and to the point.


Jun 05, 2020

Loved that the main typeface study was carried out throughout this course. Loved beginning with the writing assignment and then evolving into a full on typographic poster. Very fun and informative

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By Niña E

Sep 05, 2016

Clear speech in video and instructions.

By Patty N

Sep 13, 2016

Enjoyed the history of the typefaces

By Khoo W W

Jun 17, 2016

Very good as an introductory course!

By Diana N V

Jul 19, 2020

I learn many new things, thank you

By J-Man

Mar 25, 2019

Well made and instructive course.

By Joy S

Aug 20, 2018

surprisingly interesting and cool

By Jennie L

Sep 22, 2016

Great Course! Strongly Recommend!

By Geeshian

Jul 04, 2019

Very informative, great content

By Deb S

Jan 27, 2017

Good introduction to the topic.

By Tarun V M

Apr 25, 2020

explored a lot in typography

By Brooke K

Aug 07, 2018

great course, i learnt a lot

By Bruce R

Feb 05, 2017

Fascinating and organized!

By Abhishek T

Oct 26, 2020

Kind of basic of basic

By Vani C

Jul 09, 2020

It was very insightful

By Tatiana D

Dec 30, 2019

Loved the instructor!

By Arshla J

Sep 24, 2016

Enjoyable experience.

By Manisha

Sep 11, 2020

interesting and good

By Boula N S

Mar 08, 2019

It is a great course

By rwaa h

Jun 19, 2019

i think it is good


Jun 08, 2016

really good intro.

By Reeha F K

Aug 14, 2020

Fun & Informative

By Matt A

Mar 28, 2016

Very informative.

By Artem T

Apr 07, 2019

A bit too basic

By Syahrul R

Aug 01, 2020

Sangat mantab

By prajakta a

Jun 10, 2020

good course!