The Complete Typographer I

The Complete Typographer I

School of Visual Arts

The Complete Typographer series delivers a comprehensive package of typographic history, theory, typeface design, technology, design practice, and commerce. In the Complete Typographer I, Steven Heller and Angela Riechers provide a practical history of typography—one that lays the foundation for successful use of type in a range of future design projects. The second course dives into custom hand lettering with Yomar Augusto. This practice provides a powerful and flexible tool to apply in any number of design problems. In the third course in the program, Making Typeface Families, Victoria Rushton guides you through the process of designing a digital typeface.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of typographic history and practice
  • Understanding of and ability to demonstrate skills and techniques needed to create custom hand lettering
  • Ability to create original typefaces using digital software


3 Courses
12 Sessions / 7.0 hours of work per session
118 Lesson videos
Course 1: The Practical History of Typography Starts in 2 days
  • Session 1: Eclecticism and Expressionism
  • Session 2: History and Origins
  • Session 3: Principles and Basics of Typography
  • Session 4: New Directions in Type
Course 2: Custom Handlettering Starts in 2 days
  • Session 1: Basic Shapes and Materials in Handlettering
  • Session 2: Developing Your Technique: Lines and Letters
  • Session 3: Developing Your Technique: Sketching and Creating Letters
  • Session 4: From Analog Sketches to Digital Designs
Course 3: Making Typeface Families * Starts in 2 days
  • Session 1: Picking a Purpose and Getting Started
  • Session 2: Drawing Control Characters
  • Session 3: Completing the Alphabet, Numbers, and Punctuation
  • Session 4: How to Make an Italic and a Bold
* Program exclusive course

Featured Coursework


Skill Level : Intermediate


  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Font editing software such as Glyphs
  • FontLab
  • Robofont
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Price: $500 USD *

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