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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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Jul 26, 2020

The course is very interesting and well presented, the assignments are really helpful for the learning process. I would recommend to anyone interested in design, art, web design or just for curiosity.


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.

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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

By Vlada S

Jul 27, 2020

Very interesting and well-explained course.


Jun 15, 2020

I enjoyed a lot. But its soo beginer course

By Thuc-Vy N

Nov 21, 2016

It was a nice class. I learned many things.

By Anne W

Jun 25, 2016

Great tutor and introduction to Typography!

By Nicole F

Jun 08, 2016

For a short course it worked out very well.

By Carla P L

Apr 19, 2016

Loved it!!! Super helpful and fun! Amazing!

By Mamatter S

Sep 01, 2020

I learn a lot of new thinks. Great course.

By Komeyl M

Jul 12, 2020

Very good. Thanks to Coursera and CalArts.

By Huyen T N

Jun 26, 2020

I have improved a lot. Thank you so much!!

By Deleted A

Nov 08, 2018

Very intricate course, 5/5 great teachers.

By Haider A

Oct 31, 2017

Amazing course, I definitely recommend it.

By Ayush A

May 12, 2020

Incredible Assignments and a lot to learn

By Himanshu S

Sep 07, 2019

Good Fundamental knowledge of Typography.

By Sandeep M

Jun 09, 2019

Thanks to this course, i learned a lot!!.


Oct 03, 2017

good course,for understanding typography.

By Isaac B

Jun 06, 2017

Fantastic course and well worth the time.

By Sanda L

Apr 27, 2016

Nice for practice and for some resources.

By Shahadat A

Apr 18, 2019

Very nice experience to understand learn

By Dina D

Oct 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this course, thank you!

By Arunava R

Jun 10, 2016

This is good introduction on Typography.

By Sara S

Aug 21, 2020

Excellent information and introduction.