Introduction to typography (m1)

The Human Alphabet, Public Domain Review

Typography is the art of crafting the visual form of type. But, it isn’t just about using typefaces!

It involves organizing type (or text) using hierarchy, grids, and typefaces to communicate your ideas and values meaningfully.

Introduction to typography (m1) is an online, interactive course, facilitated by a professional designer. No design background required.

The number of participants is limited to 6.

Intended audience

If you’re an aspiring designer, a product manager, a developer, or someone who works regularly with type in digital contexts, you’ll find this course highly relevant.


Module 1: Composition using type

Session 1
What is typography? How is it applied in the real world? This session will take you on a tour of type-intensive artefacts such as newspapers, magazines, websites, signages, etc, for observation and critique.

Session 2
What are the constraints and opportunities when laying out text online and in print? How do they differ with changing quantities and qualities of text?

Session 3
What brings simplicity to design? What are the most common and important constraints in design? We’ll study these in the context of type.

Session 4
What typefaces to use? How many typefaces to use, and why? What goes behind deciding on and combining different typefaces?

The number of participants is limited to 6.


Aditya Dipankar

Aditya Dipankar is a T-shaped designer and he makes information beautiful, software interfaces usable and brand identities iconic. He’s the founder of FOLO.

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Learning outcomes

Typography determines the visual form of text. By the end of this course, you will be well acquainted with the fundamentals and be able to apply them effectively in your design work.

With this online design course, you will:

  • Gain first-hand experience with composing and crafting interfaces that use type heavily, such as news articles, blog posts, and portfolios
  • Learn how to pick appropriate typefaces for your projects

And have fun with type!


This course will follow the studio method. It is for a small group of participants, who will be led by a facilitator. Each session will involve:

  • Introductions to concepts by the facilitator
  • Discussion
  • A studio session which requires participants to present and get feedback for their design solutions
  • Readings

Each week will feature one session. This course will require a time commitment of at least 3 hours per week.

Why does typography matter?

“Typography is to literature as musical performance is to composition: an essential act of interpretation, full of endless opportunities for insight or obtuseness.”
Robert Bringhurst in The Elements of Typographic Style

Typography can make or break your design. So much so, that it can even influence a presidential election! If you’re curious to know more, Vox has a great video on the topic.

Apart from your content, typography is the most important factor, when it comes to communicating your ideas clearly and preserving your reader’s attention. A strong foundational understanding will help you design significantly better documents and interfaces.

Date & time

Feb 2 – Feb 27, 2019

4 sessions. Every Saturday, 5 PM – 6:30 PM.