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Introduction to Typography, California Institute of the Arts

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About this 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

By JC

Jul 29, 2018

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

By LS

Apr 07, 2016

Very organized and detailed about the basic, history, characteristics of typography.\n\nI really enjoyed it and wish there were other courses by the same lecturer.\n\nThanks for the great course!!

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By Manuel Andrés Ruiz Suárez

Feb 12, 2019

Very practical content

By Felipe Fejfar Afonso

Feb 11, 2019

If you like typography, take the course. If you dont, take the course! =)

By Leonardo António Eurico Malanga

Feb 02, 2019

well!

By Medhat Hesham Medhat Mohsen

Jan 28, 2019

Nice

By Camila Ramadán

Jan 26, 2019

Excellent course, highly recommended! It provides a lot of useful concepts. You will love typography after it.

By Efren Alvarez

Jan 24, 2019

Amazing course! Very well explained, full of useful information and nice to do. Thank you!

By Allison Wonderland

Jan 15, 2019

This was a thoroughly enjoyable course. I wish there was another followup to it!

By Franklin Chica Ortega

Jan 07, 2019

I have learned how important the connotative part is typography, I have learned to express feeling by the Type. This course has been very useful for me

By Redha SARNI

Jan 03, 2019

Waw ! I like this course

By Ivan Karabaliev

Dec 10, 2018

Superb course! Very insightful.