Typography Anatomy and Terminology

Joshua Butts, Graphic Designer and Photographer

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6 Videos (55m)
    • Course Introduction

    • Type Classifications

    • Typeface, Type Stlye, or Font

    • Type Anatomy

    • Type Sizing and Measurements

    • Tracking, Kerning and Leading


About This Class

In this course, I will be teaching you all the different parts of letters and characters so you can identify them.  You will learn the importance of type anatomy and what terms to use with different parts of copy. I will also cover the differences between serif and sans serif type faces, the differences between readability and legibility, and about the many different type classifications

I have listed below some of what I will be covering.


  • Tracking
  • Leading
  • Kerning
  • Hyphenation
  • X-Height
  • Baseline
  • Old style
  • Modern
  • Transitional
  • Stress
  • Em Quad
  • Baseline Grid
  • Point vs Pica vs Inch


  • Stem
  • Bowl
  • Crossbar
  • Counter
  • Ascender
  • Descender
  • Arm
  • Ear
  • Finial
  • Stroke
  • Loop
  • Serif
  • Spine
  • Spur
  • Tail
  • Terminal
  • Ascender Height
  • X-Height

Open Type

  • Ligature
  • Contextual Alternatives
  • Discretionery Ligatures
  • Swash
  • Stylistic Alternatives
  • Tilting Alternatives
  • Ordinals
  • Fractions

18 of 18 students recommendSee All

Awesome class, I learned a lot about typography terms.
Wonderful Class
Ahmed Alabady

Graphic Designer

No frills course that takes you through type anatomy and typographic terms to help demystify letterforms.





Joshua Butts

Graphic Designer and Photographer

Josh Butts is a Graphic Designer and Photographer. He currently works for a creative agency in Provo, Utah. He's worked with many people doing creative work usually involving illustration, logo, and web design. The classes on this channel cover mostly vector illustration but there are also many other valuable skills that can be learned from the other classes on the channel. Join some of his classes to gain from valuable experience and get better at design and photography yourself!

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