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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....

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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.


Aug 28, 2020

i really enjoyed this course and i liked the part where we interact with other artists around the world. i learned a lot about typography and i think it'm ready to continue in my journey with art.

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By Ana L F M

Dec 16, 2019

I learned a lot in this course, it was very useful

By osita e

Dec 14, 2019

great course. beginner level but very challenging.

By Jorge H H R

Sep 14, 2020

Well designed course for beginners in typography.

By Aldo C A M

Jun 20, 2020

This course teaches basic but really useful stuff

By Dung N

Nov 09, 2019

Excellent course for beginners in graphic design!

By Ivo M M C

Jul 11, 2018

It is a good introductionary course to Typography

By Tarang S

Mar 28, 2017

This course is brilliant... that's all I can say.

By celina o

Mar 30, 2016

Very accessible, clear and well documented course

By Denise S

Jan 04, 2020

Very thoughtfully designed, fascinating content.

By Rounak B

Apr 05, 2019

Quite an eye-opener as far as type is concerned.

By Leticia C R

Jul 17, 2016

Loved the activities, it was a fun course to do.

By Anna S

Sep 22, 2019

Very good course, amazing exercises. Thank you!

By Jennifer C

Sep 01, 2017

Perfect content, homework design, and examples.

By Marta M

Apr 23, 2017

I really enjoyed this course. I've learn a lot.

By Edmond T

Feb 21, 2017

Good introduction to typography. Learned a lot.

By Sandy G

May 05, 2020

Great class! Learned a lot, really enjoyed it!

By Fatima H S E I S

Oct 18, 2018

Very useful and I have learnt a lot of things.

By Iosi P

Dec 16, 2017

Best cources I take for typography. I love it.

By Porfiryeva A

Apr 27, 2019

very well built course and compiled homework.

By Jose H

Oct 14, 2017

Great Course for extend typography knowledge.

By Gustavo P

Sep 26, 2016

Excellent teacher, course and specialization.

By Mahmoud M

May 29, 2020

Very useful course, special thanks Coursera.

By Ismail A

Apr 01, 2019

great class! Im a beginner and learned a lot

By Zubia S

Oct 09, 2020

it helps me a lot to understand typography.

By Pinnoju Y

Sep 09, 2020

that was an excellent and wonderfull course