Typography That Works: Typographic Composition and Fonts

, Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

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Ryan Maskell

Ryan Maskell


Michael Muccioli

Michael Muccioli


Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller


Class Project

Redesign your business card

About the Class

Clean, smart typography makes you (or your client) look clean and smart, too. Clunky, incompetent typography...well, you know the drill. Good typography is a pleasure to read; bad typography sucks the energy out of your content and leaves it for dead by side of the road.

What You'll Learn

  • Sans + Structure. A great sans family is a palette of light and dark tones. Learn what gives a sans serif typeface its special character.
  • Serif + Details. Learn to exploit the fussy details of a full-bodied serif type family.
  • Slab + Customization. Slab faces are heavy furniture. Learn what to do with them.

What You'll Make

You will understand how to recognize and exploit great typeface and how to create intriguing, seaworthy compositions. You will create a business card using the typography elements covered in each lesson.You will complete this course knowing how to clarify your message and add meaningful complexity to your work.

Take this course if you are a beginner who wants to unlock the power of type, or if you are a designer looking for a quick refresher. Artists, writers, illustrators, and developers will all find something useful in this free workshop.

More Information

This class is intermediate because basic knowledge of InDesign or Illustrator will give you tools to implement the concepts in this workshop.

Level: Intermediate

School: Design

Related Subjects: Identity Design, Typography, Adobe Illustrator, Typeface Design, Layout Design

At a Glance

  • Non-Membership Class
  • 9 Video Lessons (34m)
  • 20.2K Students
  • 95% Positive Reviews (227)
  • Self-Paced Online Class
  • 14-Day Money Back Guarantee

About the Teacher

Ellen Lupton

Ellen Lupton

Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

I am a curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (M...

95% Positive Reviews

Amanda Torres

Amanda Torres

This is a great class! Has plenty of basics and fundamental info while being relevant for those with some experience. Wonderful as a refresher, starting point--is also very well produc...

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