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4 Sessions
Program ($900 USD)
School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts, Design
Skill Level
Art, Typography, Typesetting, Graphic Design
Course Description

Typography in Graphic Design covers the role of typefaces as cultural artifacts and how the influences and concerns of the day are reflected in type vernaculars. Very fine detail on font characteristics will also be explored (stroke widths, x-heights, serif qualities, etc.) and how these affect usage and emotional impact. Choosing the right typeface for a project and mixing typefaces in a design will be explained in depth. WE'LL HEAR FROM DESIGNERS...





This course is in scheduled mode and starts Mar 20, 2018. Learn more about scheduled courses here.

Session 1: Adapting the Typographic Vernacular
Session 2: Don't Be Afraid of Type
In this session we'll begin by reviewing the main typeface styles and discussing their strengths and weaknesses in various applications. We'll also talk with typeface designer and Creative Director Stéphane Elbaz about why we look to history in order to make design decisions today, why typeface designers still find the need to revive classical typefaces and how he, as a Creative Director chooses the right typeface for his projects. add this somewhere: Additional Reading, for a more complete look at type classifications read “The Letter Foundtain” by Joep Phlen, Taschen, pages 56-81 The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst, Foreword and Chapter 1, pages 9-24, and Chapter 7 pages 199 -142
Session 3: Nuances of Typography in Use
In today’s session, we are going to take it one step forward, and instead of looking at typefaces as objects and abstract shapes, we are  going to start looking at type in the context of words, sentences and paragraphs, and dealing with composition. And seeing how the shape of a letterform, it’s width and weight, or spacing between letters or words can be used as important design tools. We will also be hearing from designers Jessica Svendsen and Zipeng Zhu on how they adapt the typographic vernacular and how the world around them influences their work.
Session 4: How to Combine Typefaces
It’s time to start putting it all together. So far you have learned how to navigate the options of typefaces available to you, how to consider and select typefaces for your project and how to compose with them. Today we will talk about working with multiple typefaces. In this session we will also be talking with Kevin Brainard, partner at Areas of Practice, a design firm in New York, and Raul Aguila, an Art Director at Esquire Magazine.
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Credit Elligible Program
This course is one of 5 courses in the The Complete Typographer Program and is offered for credits from School of Visual Arts.

Earn a verified Specialist Certificate after successfully completing a Program. And whenever you complete a course as a Premium member, you earn a verified Certificate of Accomplishment . These certificates are proof that you completed an online course on our platform and can easily be shared with its unique link.

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What You Need to Take This Course
  • Software:
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Font editing software such as Glyphs
    • FontLab
    • Robofont
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If a student signs up for the Complete Typographer program, it is recommended that these courses are taken sequentially.

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