Typography workshop: designing and working with type
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
This course is FREE if a) you live in London and your job is at risk of redundancy or b) you are either on Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) or Employment & Support Allowance(ESA) or c) you receive other state benefits (including Universal Credit) and your monthly take home pay is less than £343. For more information click here
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VK442
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this practical course you will be introduced to the exciting field of type design, exploring some of the challenges that typographers face. You will develop your appreciation for both functional and expressive letterforms and learn how to create type that communicates effectively. Through practical projects you will develop your skills in identifying, choosing and applying typefaces creatively and successfully.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Typography Basics: type classification
- Improving the readability of text with Adobe InDesign
- Creating type as shape with Adobe Illustrator
- Typographic manipulation techniques
- Modular type and typographic mark
- Black and white, space and non-space, form and counter-form
- The typographic grid
- The page, the text blocks and placing text.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create, modify and manipulate the design of type to enhance design and readability
- Understand what makes good typographic design when applying digital design processes and techniques in creating and modifying typography.
- Create and use a range of textual and typographic elements effectively in a digital design format.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No experience in InDesign or Illustrator is necessary but a basic experience in Graphic Design would be an advantage. You are expected to have basic skills in using a computer and should be able to navigate, move and open files on your computer with ease.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Teaching methods will include visual presentations, group discussion, computer demonstrations and practical work. Basic training in Adobe Illustrator and InDesign will be included in the course. You are encouraged to complete assignments outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring an A4 plain paper sketchpad, a pencil and a memory stick to store your work and develop your ideas.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can develop your skills further in VK469 Graphic design: stage 1. City Lit offer a range of courses in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign to enhance your Design practice.
Antonello Romano is a senior UX and digital strategist with years of experience developing and executing digital transformation projects within both the private and public sectors. Antonello main areas of focus include user experience design, visual art direction and digital marketing strategy. He takes a user-centric approach to help organizations make strategy decisions and has worked with leading brands including the British Council, BBC, BNP Paribas Real Estate, PWC, as well as smaller organisations, and start-ups.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.