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You can’t see what you don’t know.

If you don’t know the history and principles of typography, how do you know if you’re using it properly? If you don’t know type stripped down to its most basic form, you can’t see any errors.

But you can learn how to see.

A new pair of glasses won’t do the trick here. When we say learn how to see type, we mean see it in its raw form. This course is all about paying attention and practicing the art of visual athleticism.

The best way to do it? Draw type.

Did you know 90% of graphic design deals with typography? This is why it’s essential to learn the history and logic of type. With Nils’ guidance, you’ll be able to masterfully draw type by hand.

Lettering 01

See typography like you’ve never seen it before.

Sketch, then digitize.

Learn the tools and strategies to draw type precisely. These exercises will train your body to replicate and create letterforms that are balanced and harmonious.

Manipulate type.

Discover the rules of how to properly add weight, condense, expand, or italicize type by hand. Make type work for you.

Grasp typographic sense.

Learn how to see typography. Understand letter spacing, weights, and the relationship between letters to know how to set and design beautiful typography.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

Learn from the master

On-demand lessons are just a click away. Join ArtCenter professor, Nils Lindstrom, as he takes you through the process of creating a logotype from scratch.

Trace back to the beginning

Learn the origins of type and how it has evolved to what we know today as typography. Watch Nils draw an old-style serif and blackletter style on chalk.

Speak the language

Learn the history and terminology every design professional should know. Understand type anatomy and the rules that make up beautiful letterforms.

By hand or in Adobe Illustrator

Learn the eight rules for making beautiful curves. Nils walks you through the concepts and techniques to create perfect, flowing curves.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

Learn from the master

On-demand lessons are just a click away. Join ArtCenter professor, Nils Lindstrom, as he takes you through the process of creating a logotype from scratch.

Trace back to the beginning

Learn the origins of type and how it has evolved to what we know today as typography. Watch Nils draw an old-style serif and blackletter style on chalk.

Speak the language

Learn the history and terminology every design professional should know. Understand type anatomy and the rules that make up beautiful letterforms.

By hand or in Adobe Illustrator

Learn the eight rules for making beautiful curves. Nils walks you through the concepts and techniques to create perfect, flowing curves.

Get an inside look at Lettering 01

Want to see the full curriculum?
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
From the instructor:

This course will teach you the nuances and secrets of Type design.

I was classically trained as a student at the ArtCenter College of Design in the late 1970’s. We called it “Build up Lettering”.

It involved three to four pencil renderings on tracing paper. Each tracing would be progressively refined toward a more exact version. It was a tedious and time consuming process, but therapeutic at the same time.

Little did I know, we were making the type then.

Lettering taught me how to see shape, proportion, and curve like nothing else. I could bend it, shape it and manipulate it from an informed place.

Learning to draw type has given me the power to make my type expressive without being enslaved by the grid or severe geometry that so often hobbles young designers.

Trends come and go. The current approach to custom typography is producing mostly letterforms that are geometrically aggressive and difficult to read. They may be interesting but, more often than not, are created to impress other designers.

Understanding of the organic nuances of hand-drawn letterforms allows you to create logos and brands that are warm, user-friendly and familiar—all while being unique and trademarkable.

I believe we should design for the masses and respect that audience. The “Chop and scale” approach with prefabricated type can only take you so far. Eventually your incompetence will show. What do you do when that happens?

Start with lettering.

When you have a client that needs an old logo refreshed, you’re the go-to-person for the job. When you could use some flourishes, decorative elements, dimensionality, you’ll know what to do and more importantly, HOW to do it without embarrassing yourself.

This course will show you that your body is far more capable of making beautiful images than your computer is.

You will be able to make grounded visual judgements as you begin your journey into a timeless craft of drawing and designing letterforms.

Read More

Nils Lindstrom

Nils Lindstrom has been an instructor of typography for 30 years at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. A consummate and incorrigible type nerd, he insists on drawing type with a pencil first and expects his students to do the same.

Who this is for

Improve your drawing skills and understanding of typography.

Give your portfolio that extra edge by learning the origin, rationale, and logic of typography. This course is meant for graphic designers and typography enthusiasts alike:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Hand Lettering Artists
  • Creative Directors

Lettering 01

Develop expertise and confidence by immersing yourself in the history, process, and techniques to master the skill of lettering.

What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates

Lettering 01

Develop expertise and confidence by immersing yourself in the history, process, and techniques to master the skill of lettering.

What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates

The Designer’s Bundle

Enroll risk-free into The Designer’s Bundle and save 10%. Get all the courses that will help take your design skills to new heights. We think you’re going to love them.

  • Stylescapes® ($199)
  • Lettering 01 ($149)
  • Logo Design 01 ($149)
  • Typography 01 ($299)
  • New - Color for Creatives ($149)
  • All with lifetime updates
Bundle and save 10%
Typography 01
01

Learn the fundamentals of typography to create visually stunning, impactful work. Start to see type differently when you practice and apply typographic principles, and finally understand why and how layouts look good.

Difficulty Level
Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite
Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or
InDesign recommended
Learning Roadmap
Understand the fundamentals of graphic design and typography to progress your design education.
Best Seller
5,187
Students enrolled
Highly Rated
Featured Student Work
02

Take a look at some of the incredible progress our students have made. We’ll let their before and after’s do the talking here.

Reviews
03

As a self-taught designer typography 01 course improved my approach towards design dramatically. It is way differentiated me from my peers at work even though they were more experienced. The way Chris critiques taught me how to explain my design and point out when its not working/something is missing. Typography 01 course on my CV also landed me a lot of interviews. (which I really thought were not even in my league back then).

Ayesha Haroon
Designer

Typography 01 was my very first online course after being in the field for over 20 years. I learned more about myself and my skills in the Typography 01 course than I had in those 20 years. I rediscovered passions for type that I had let slip and the input from all the instructors was amazingly valuable. I'm super grateful for the whole experience as it has already helped me in my work setting, results were basically next project after taking the course. Thank You to all the folks that make Futur happen.

Jason Jacobson
Designer

The Typography course is an impactful journey that takes you through the process of learning how good typography came to be and how it can be implemented throughout any composition. Coming out of this course, anyone will have a strong set of eyes and skill in delivering substantial typography choices in design projects. The Future team has done an excellent job capturing the history, practicality, and opportunity typography provides when it is approached in a creative but methodical way; so much appreciation for this course!

Riley Jones
Designer

Without any traditional design education, I always used to struggle with understanding the fundamental design principles. One of the most valuable parts of the course was seeing the way Chris critiques design work. That helped me improve my design thinking and process as well, and it made me understand what clients are looking for in design work. I would highly recommend the Typography 01 Course to anyone struggling with deeply understanding what good design is built upon.

Alex Cracan
Designer
How this works
04

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Stretch and flex your design muscles

Practice what you’ve learned in the video lectures to push your skills further. Do the homework as many times as you need to fully grasp the material.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

How it works
04

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

Who is this for?
05

This course is for any designer looking to understand type to improve their layout and design skills.

I learned more about typography in this course than during my BA in graphic design. This gives me confidence that I can make effective layouts and better design of any kind. I also felt I was part of a community, who learned together. Once a week for seven weeks, Chris critiqued our submitted layouts and this motivated us to put knowledge into practice and submit our work. This course is the best investment I've made in myself in becoming a better graphic designer. And I've invested in a lot of courses and books.

Bertram Christoffersen
Graphic Designer
Meet your instructor
06
Chris Do
Design Director, CEO of The Futur

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur—an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they love.

He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the SPJA, and as an advisor to Saleshood. He has also served as: advisory board member for AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

Follow Chris
InstagramTwitterFacebook
Syllabus
07

Get ready to expand your knowledge and understanding of design. Take a look at what you’ll learn in each module, plus a few bonuses along the way.

Course
Curriculum

Move through the modules at your own pace, on your own time. You’ll have lifetime access to the course, so jump back in whenever you need a refresher.
Grids
Typographic Details
Homework Assignment
Layout Critique
Bonus Critiques: April-May 2020
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
Join the Conversation
Enroll Now
08

Typography 01

Our most popular course will show you the tools, techniques, and principles to use type like a master.

  • 6+ Hours of video content: grid systems,  contrast, balance, type choices, hierarchy
  • Self-study assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Design critique videos
  • Bonus Videos
  • Lifetime updates
$299
Enroll now
Or 3 monthly payments of $99. Click here to set up your payment plan.

You can’t see what you don’t know.

If you don’t know the history and principles of typography, how do you know if you’re using it properly? If you don’t know type stripped down to its most basic form, you can’t see any errors.

But you can learn how to see.

A new pair of glasses won’t do the trick here. When we say learn how to see type, we mean see it in its raw form. This course is all about paying attention and practicing the art of visual athleticism.

The best way to do it? Draw type.

Did you know 90% of graphic design deals with typography? This is why it’s essential to learn the history and logic of type. With Nils’ guidance, you’ll be able to masterfully draw type by hand.

Lettering 01

See typography like you’ve never seen it before.

Sketch, then digitize.

Learn the tools and strategies to draw type precisely. These exercises will train your body to replicate and create letterforms that are balanced and harmonious.

Manipulate type.

Discover the rules of how to properly add weight, condense, expand, or italicize type by hand. Make type work for you.

Grasp typographic sense.

Learn how to see typography. Understand letter spacing, weights, and the relationship between letters to know how to set and design beautiful typography.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

Learn from the master

On-demand lessons are just a click away. Join ArtCenter professor, Nils Lindstrom, as he takes you through the process of creating a logotype from scratch.

Trace back to the beginning

Learn the origins of type and how it has evolved to what we know today as typography. Watch Nils draw an old-style serif and blackletter style on chalk.

Speak the language

Learn the history and terminology every design professional should know. Understand type anatomy and the rules that make up beautiful letterforms.

By hand or in Adobe Illustrator

Learn the eight rules for making beautiful curves. Nils walks you through the concepts and techniques to create perfect, flowing curves.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

Learn from the master

On-demand lessons are just a click away. Join ArtCenter professor, Nils Lindstrom, as he takes you through the process of creating a logotype from scratch.

Trace back to the beginning

Learn the origins of type and how it has evolved to what we know today as typography. Watch Nils draw an old-style serif and blackletter style on chalk.

Speak the language

Learn the history and terminology every design professional should know. Understand type anatomy and the rules that make up beautiful letterforms.

By hand or in Adobe Illustrator

Learn the eight rules for making beautiful curves. Nils walks you through the concepts and techniques to create perfect, flowing curves.

Get an inside look at Lettering 01

Want to see the full curriculum?
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
From the instructor:

This course will teach you the nuances and secrets of Type design.

I was classically trained as a student at the ArtCenter College of Design in the late 1970’s. We called it “Build up Lettering”.

It involved three to four pencil renderings on tracing paper. Each tracing would be progressively refined toward a more exact version. It was a tedious and time consuming process, but therapeutic at the same time.

Little did I know, we were making the type then.

Lettering taught me how to see shape, proportion, and curve like nothing else. I could bend it, shape it and manipulate it from an informed place.

Learning to draw type has given me the power to make my type expressive without being enslaved by the grid or severe geometry that so often hobbles young designers.

Trends come and go. The current approach to custom typography is producing mostly letterforms that are geometrically aggressive and difficult to read. They may be interesting but, more often than not, are created to impress other designers.

Understanding of the organic nuances of hand-drawn letterforms allows you to create logos and brands that are warm, user-friendly and familiar—all while being unique and trademarkable.

I believe we should design for the masses and respect that audience. The “Chop and scale” approach with prefabricated type can only take you so far. Eventually your incompetence will show. What do you do when that happens?

Start with lettering.

When you have a client that needs an old logo refreshed, you’re the go-to-person for the job. When you could use some flourishes, decorative elements, dimensionality, you’ll know what to do and more importantly, HOW to do it without embarrassing yourself.

This course will show you that your body is far more capable of making beautiful images than your computer is.

You will be able to make grounded visual judgements as you begin your journey into a timeless craft of drawing and designing letterforms.

Read More

Nils Lindstrom

Nils Lindstrom has been an instructor of typography for 30 years at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. A consummate and incorrigible type nerd, he insists on drawing type with a pencil first and expects his students to do the same.

Who this is for

Improve your drawing skills and understanding of typography.

Give your portfolio that extra edge by learning the origin, rationale, and logic of typography. This course is meant for graphic designers and typography enthusiasts alike:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Hand Lettering Artists
  • Creative Directors

Lettering 01

Develop expertise and confidence by immersing yourself in the history, process, and techniques to master the skill of lettering.

What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates

Lettering 01

Develop expertise and confidence by immersing yourself in the history, process, and techniques to master the skill of lettering.

What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 3 Hours of Video Content
  • Downloadable materials
  • Practice exercises
  • Bonus: student work review
  • Lifetime updates

The Designer’s Bundle

Enroll risk-free into The Designer’s Bundle and save 10%. Get all the courses that will help take your design skills to new heights. We think you’re going to love them.

  • Stylescapes® ($199)
  • Lettering 01 ($149)
  • Logo Design 01 ($149)
  • Typography 01 ($299)
  • New - Color for Creatives ($149)
  • All with lifetime updates
Bundle and save 10%
Typography 01
01

Learn the fundamentals of typography to create visually stunning, impactful work. Start to see type differently when you practice and apply typographic principles, and finally understand why and how layouts look good.

Difficulty Level
Beginner to intermediate
Prerequisite
Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator or
InDesign recommended
Learning Roadmap
Understand the fundamentals of graphic design and typography to progress your design education.
Best Seller
5,187
Students enrolled
Highly Rated
Featured Student Work
02

Take a look at some of the incredible progress our students have made. We’ll let their before and after’s do the talking here.

Reviews
03

As a self-taught designer typography 01 course improved my approach towards design dramatically. It is way differentiated me from my peers at work even though they were more experienced. The way Chris critiques taught me how to explain my design and point out when its not working/something is missing. Typography 01 course on my CV also landed me a lot of interviews. (which I really thought were not even in my league back then).

Ayesha Haroon
Designer

Typography 01 was my very first online course after being in the field for over 20 years. I learned more about myself and my skills in the Typography 01 course than I had in those 20 years. I rediscovered passions for type that I had let slip and the input from all the instructors was amazingly valuable. I'm super grateful for the whole experience as it has already helped me in my work setting, results were basically next project after taking the course. Thank You to all the folks that make Futur happen.

Jason Jacobson
Designer

The Typography course is an impactful journey that takes you through the process of learning how good typography came to be and how it can be implemented throughout any composition. Coming out of this course, anyone will have a strong set of eyes and skill in delivering substantial typography choices in design projects. The Future team has done an excellent job capturing the history, practicality, and opportunity typography provides when it is approached in a creative but methodical way; so much appreciation for this course!

Riley Jones
Designer

Without any traditional design education, I always used to struggle with understanding the fundamental design principles. One of the most valuable parts of the course was seeing the way Chris critiques design work. That helped me improve my design thinking and process as well, and it made me understand what clients are looking for in design work. I would highly recommend the Typography 01 Course to anyone struggling with deeply understanding what good design is built upon.

Alex Cracan
Designer
How this works
04

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Stretch and flex your design muscles

Practice what you’ve learned in the video lectures to push your skills further. Do the homework as many times as you need to fully grasp the material.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

How it works
04

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Take a deep dive into all things type

In each video lesson, Chris will teach you about typographic principles, the history of type, and how to apply the fundamentals across your design work.

Watch Chris work

See how Chris makes improvements to previous students’ work using typographic principles. Then, take notes of how you can apply these same techniques to your own work.

Watch your skills develop

See your designs take on a whole new shape and meaning as you move through the course. Start to feel comfortable and confident with typography.

Get access to the community

Your enrollment includes access to our private Slack channel and an invitation to Circle. Connect and keep learning with your instructor, Chris Do, and Typography students around the world.

Who is this for?
05

This course is for any designer looking to understand type to improve their layout and design skills.

I learned more about typography in this course than during my BA in graphic design. This gives me confidence that I can make effective layouts and better design of any kind. I also felt I was part of a community, who learned together. Once a week for seven weeks, Chris critiqued our submitted layouts and this motivated us to put knowledge into practice and submit our work. This course is the best investment I've made in myself in becoming a better graphic designer. And I've invested in a lot of courses and books.

Bertram Christoffersen
Graphic Designer
Meet your instructor
06
Chris Do
Design Director, CEO of The Futur

Chris Do is an Emmy award-winning designer, director, CEO and Chief Strategist of Blind and the founder of The Futur—an online education platform with the mission of teaching 1 billion people how to make a living doing what they love.

He currently serves as the chairman of the board for the SPJA, and as an advisor to Saleshood. He has also served as: advisory board member for AIGA/LA, Emmys Motion & Title Design Peer Group, Otis Board of Governors, Santa Monica College and Woodbury University.

Follow Chris
InstagramTwitterFacebook
Syllabus
07

Get ready to expand your knowledge and understanding of design. Take a look at what you’ll learn in each module, plus a few bonuses along the way.

Course
Curriculum

Move through the modules at your own pace, on your own time. You’ll have lifetime access to the course, so jump back in whenever you need a refresher.
Grids
Typographic Details
Homework Assignment
Layout Critique
Bonus Critiques: April-May 2020
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
Bonus Content: Website Design Review
Join the Conversation
Enroll Now
08

Typography 01

Our most popular course will show you the tools, techniques, and principles to use type like a master.

  • 6+ Hours of video content: grid systems,  contrast, balance, type choices, hierarchy
  • Self-study assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Design critique videos
  • Bonus Videos
  • Lifetime updates
$299
Enroll now
Or 3 monthly payments of $99. Click here to set up your payment plan.