Welcome to DigitalFirst: Typography

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.

From this point on we’ll talk about type as a ‘design’ process used by ‘designers’. That isn’t meant to alienate anyone who is a developer or a writer, the term design seems to be the most appropriate way to describe working with type.

There are many ways to use the course material. You may have specific requirements and want to use the linked headings below to go to specific pieces of content. You may wish to run through the course in a linear way from start to finish. If you adopt this approach you can mark modules as complete – which will, in turn, mark the contents section with ticks by the completed modules. You’ll be free to return to content you have read at any time.

So what’s here

Content is broken into five sections and 25 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

The introductory section sets out the aims for the course, explains our audience groups and challenges type users to connect with time-honoured values that are often missing from type in digital products.

1. Typefaces

The Typeface section works from the basic structure of a typeface to typeface classifications and introduces basic rules to enable good typesetting, readability clarity and recognition through personality and identity created by association through typeface use.

2. Grids

Grids provide typographic structure. The Grids section provides context for analogue publishing grids and best practice use of type within grids. Responsive digital formats provide different challenges and the modules examine the set-up of type grids to enable responsive content in different digital viewport formats.

3. Hierarchies

Hierarchies give typography organisation. Content has meaning and importance. Grading information to provide coherent messages in the right order is possible by constructing type hierarchies that have strong SEO value. This section explains how to build hierarchies and make type work effectively across responsive formats.

4. Disruption

Change is constant and disruption, the term used to describe the interruption and change in the way things are done, happens – every year, month, and weak. This section is a reminder that the content in these tutorials will require regular updates to keep content relevant to type users.