Do digital designers and web developers need knowledge of type?

Absolutely, YES! In fact, everyone is a typographer in the world of smart devices.

And what’s more…

Typography is a detailed learned craft, but type is found everywhere today with 90-95% of the internet being type. Managing, structuring, organising and designing typography has never been so important. Designers need expert knowledge of the subject, while everyday users can really benefit from understanding how to (and not to) use type.

Why is DigitalFirst Typography important?

Typography is a craft that evolved over centuries, becoming a sophisticated set of principles to structure, organise and display text

The internet has embraced type, but the rules of engagement are dimensionally different – unlike print formats ‘digital’ is not static

Type users were once craft-based professionals (mostly) who had deep professional knowledge – a knowledge that’s worth using today

Now everyone with a device who publishes information is a typographer of some sort – but often without the baseline knowledge…

How DigitalFirst Typography works

The course has been designed for type users who don’t feel they know enough about type or have a background in either analogue design, come from digital design and development or digital publishing.

25 individual modules explain: typographic principles and reasons for following time-honoured type rules covering typeface selections, typesetting, designing robust page structures with grids and the art of organising type in clear and easy to use hierarchies that adapt responsively to format changes.

Course overview

Content is broken into five sections and twenty-five modules providing overall context, a grounding in typefaces and introductions to using and working with type in grids and within hierarchical systems.

0. Before We Start

  • 0.1 Why typography?
  • 0.2 Who’s the course for?
  • 0.3 Why four components?
  • 0.4 To break the rules, first master them

1. Typefaces

  • 1.1 Communicating with typography
  • 1.2 Why Type Does What It Does
  • 1.3 The basics
  • 1.4 Measuring systems
  • 1.5 Typeface features
  • 1.6 Typeface Map
  • 1.7 Typeface Classifications
  • 1.8 Good Typeface layout choices
  • 1.9 Google fonts
  • 1.10 Typesetting
  • 1.11 Designing with type
  • 1.12 Personality Uniqueness Identity

2. Grids

  • 2.1 Grid Types
  • 2.2 Grids for type: the basic elements
  • 2.3 Setting type in grids

3. Hierarchies Section

  • 3.1 Typographic hierarchies: print logic
  • 3.2 Screen Logic
  • 3.3 Type sizing for screens
  • 3.4 Style sheet systems
  • 3.5 Pairing fonts

4. Disruption

  • 4.1 Disruption is the new normal

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Free Chapters on Typography

To give you a better idea of how comprehensive this course is
we have made three pages available for FREE, they are:

A useful resource for many

This course is designed to provide a useful resource to a wide range of users including print and digital designers, UX designers, developers, writers and publishers, whether new to type or more experienced practitioners.

You may wish to run through the course in a linear way from start to finish or read specific pieces of content that are more relevant to your needs.

Start understanding DigitalFirst | Typography

Make your designs look and work smarter with this twenty module course (12 for typefaces, 3 for grids, 5 for hierarchies). Also included is a bonus module on modern-day disruption.

No matter if you are a designer, developer or UX/UI practitioner, we are confident that this course will have something for you.

Students can save £50 on the normal price. Please get in touch before signing up to get your discount.