Introduction to Typography

Graphic design is all around us, in a myriad of forms, both on screen and in print, yet it is always made up of images and words to create a communication goal. This four-course sequence exposes students to the fundamental skills required to make sophisticated graphic design: process, historical context, and communication through image-making and typography. The sequence is completed by a capstone project that applies the skills of each course and peer feedback in a finished branding project suitable for a professional portfolio.The goal of this specialization is to equip learners with a set o

Created by: Anther Kiley

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Course Description

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.

Instructor Details

Anther Kiley

Anther Kiley is a designer and design educator based in Providence, RI. He holds a BA in history from Princeton University and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He is currently adjunct faculty in the Graphic Design department at RISD, and previously co-directed the Program in Graphic Design at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Anther's commissioned design work includes exhibition, print, web, and product design. Since 2016, he has been developing Cardkits, a line of paper toys for children.



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By Priscila A d S on 4-Mar-19

IT has amazing videos explanations and great history lessons about typography, but I would love to have a proper professor feedback on my designs.

By Stanislav K on 19-Jan-18

As compared with the first course, this part I found less interesting from the point of view of didactics. My impression was that I did not learn much. It is true, I found myself interested with the matter of typefaces and other elements of the typographic art. So I got inspired to find books and other means to research deeper. I also found the formulations of the assignments not very inspiring, but rather formal, so I could not develop enough enthusiasm to perform more the the necessary minimum .

By David D on 13-May-17

The good - The teacher is great, assignments are good as well.However there was a lot more could be included in this 4 weeks course.The first 2 weeks could easily be combined into one. Comparing this to the previous course, Fundamentals of Graphic design, I thought we could have learned a lot more in the given time.

By Medhat H M M on 28-Jan-19


By Allison W on 15-Jan-19

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

By Leonardo A E M on 2-Feb-19


By Redha S on 3-Jan-19

Waw ! I like this course

By Franklin C O on 7-Jan-19

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 Felipe F A on 11-Feb-19

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

By Manuel A R S on 12-Feb-19

Very practical content

By Sian-Louise N on 26-Feb-19

this was extremely helpful. I had no idea how much I could learn from this course on Typography.

By Noha K K E on 3-Mar-19

i think its great