About this Course

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Beginner Level

professionals who want to learn more about graphic design

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 1 week of study; 4-5 hours...

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Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Appreciate the history and future of typography as an artform.

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

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

Skills you will gain

Color Theoryonline designtextual elementsGraphic DesignPrint Design

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

professionals who want to learn more about graphic design

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 1 week of study; 4-5 hours...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

History of Typography

This module will cover the history of typography, baseline basics and the anatomy of a typeface.

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

Typography, Fonts and Text

This module will cover the two main types of fonts and font pairings and hierarchy.

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2 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading
2 videos
Font Pairings and Hierarchy7m
1 reading
Typographic Readings1h
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Typography Spacing & Sizing

This module will cover typographical spacing and sizing, as well as the concepts of alignment, leading, tracking and kerning.

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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
4 hours to complete

Design Programs and User Experience

This module will review using type in various computer design programs. You will also get a chance to practice your skills in designing a brochure or postcard, focusing on the use of type in your design.

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

Instructor

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Lori Poole

Instructor
College of Media, Communication and Information

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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