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The best graphic designers start with type.

Why typography? The fundamentals of type actually all have a significant impact on graphic design. Things like form, contrast, scale, and texture can all be traced back to typographic principles.

If you don’t control type, it controls you.

Good design is not about making things look good; it’s about how the components of a system work together to relay information. Without an understanding of typography, these components are hard to grasp.

Start to see typography differently.

It’s more than just picking a pretty typeface; it’s the foundation of how we communicate to other human beings. And now, it’s time for you to master this essential area of design to create unique and impactful work.

Typography 01

This is the course that will help you improve your design.

Let go of your fear of type

Finally look at a page full of type and approach it without intimidation. We help you get there with a systematic curriculum and in-depth training.

Push your limits

Expand your knowledge and understanding of design. Learn the history and application of typography to level up in your career.

Truly understand typography

Erase the mystery that shrouds type. Finally see why and how layouts look good when you implement the principles you learn in this course.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

This is the backbone of typography.

Contrast is king. You will learn how to achieve clarity, visual interest and draw in your viewer through these two principles to greatly improve your typography.

Demystify type by breaking it down to its basics.

You will look at works of design through the lens of various grid systems. We break them all down for you so you can see the relationship between objects and draw your own conclusions.

Take a deep dive into the history of type.

Where do we get letterforms from? Go back to the beginning of type, starting with ancient Greek and Roman lettering, all the way through to the modern day digital typesetting of today.

Learn the rules and see them come to life.

Watch Chris as he walks a student through several design assignments and demos. Then, put your knowledge to the test in the homework assignments and bonus content.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

This is the backbone of typography.

Contrast is king. You will learn how to achieve clarity, visual interest and draw in your viewer through these two principles to greatly improve your typography.

Demystify type by breaking it down to its basics.

You will look at works of design through the lens of various grid systems. We break them all down for you so you can see the relationship between objects and draw your own conclusions.

Take a deep dive into the history of type.

Where do we get letterforms from? Go back to the beginning of type, starting with ancient Greek and Roman lettering, all the way through to the modern day digital typesetting of today.

Learn the rules and see them come to life.

Watch Chris as he walks a student through several design assignments and demos. Then, put your knowledge to the test in the homework assignments and bonus content.

Get an inside look at Typography 01

Want to see the full curriculum?
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
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From the instructor:

Typography is the linchpin that holds all of design together.

Prior to learning typography, I was lost. I was putting things on a page without understanding how shifting something left or right affected all the components on the page.

I remember walking through the halls of ArtCenter looking at beautiful pieces of design work and thinking, "One day, I will get there."

It wasn't until my third term at ArtCenter where things began to change.

I was enrolled in an art class, and it was in this class where everything that confused me about typography, suddenly made perfect sense. Everything about how type works fell into place.

This was the big moment that shifted my thinking and understanding of design. Notice I didn't write typography—I mean design. I saw how the fundamentals of type could be incorporated into all facets of design.

Coming out of ArtCenter, I landed my first professional job at an advertising agency. In less than a year, I went from earning $40,000 salary to $85,000—not just because of typography, but because of how I applied its principles to all areas of design to create really good work.

It was through my understanding of type that I was able to manipulate information, as well as how it was used, to evoke certain feelings and create impact.

Here’s the thing about type: it’s not about choosing a typeface or certain font. It’s about learning how to make good use out of the tools you have.

Just like a chef in the kitchen, or a photographer in a studio, it’s their tools that allow them to do their jobs well and improve their skillsets.

My belief is that when you understand how to use type, you master how to lay things out on a page that creates a perfect harmony. Everything begins to work together beautifully when you familiarize yourself with the principles of typography and apply them to your practice.

This course is the culmination of everything I learned throughout my studies at ArtCenter. It’s my hope that the dark art and mystery of typography become logical to you, so you can create amazing pieces of work and excel as a designer.

Read More

Chris Do

Chris Do is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. He’s the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind, executive producer of The Skool, and the Founder and CEO of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.

Who this is for

Learn the tools, techniques, and principles to use type like a master.

If you’re wondering how you can improve your typography, you’re in the right place. This course was specifically made for you to become comfortable and confident using type across all of your designs:

  • Design Student
  • Freelancer
  • Educator
  • Creative Director

Typography 01

Our most popular course will teach you the rules of typography and help you understand and master type, design and layout.

What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • Lifetime updates

Typography 01

Our most popular course will teach you the rules of typography and help you understand and master type, design and layout.

What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • 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.

The best graphic designers start with type.

Why typography? The fundamentals of type actually all have a significant impact on graphic design. Things like form, contrast, scale, and texture can all be traced back to typographic principles.

If you don’t control type, it controls you.

Good design is not about making things look good; it’s about how the components of a system work together to relay information. Without an understanding of typography, these components are hard to grasp.

Start to see typography differently.

It’s more than just picking a pretty typeface; it’s the foundation of how we communicate to other human beings. And now, it’s time for you to master this essential area of design to create unique and impactful work.

Typography 01

This is the course that will help you improve your design.

Let go of your fear of type

Finally look at a page full of type and approach it without intimidation. We help you get there with a systematic curriculum and in-depth training.

Push your limits

Expand your knowledge and understanding of design. Learn the history and application of typography to level up in your career.

Truly understand typography

Erase the mystery that shrouds type. Finally see why and how layouts look good when you implement the principles you learn in this course.

Inside This Course
What’s Included

This is the backbone of typography.

Contrast is king. You will learn how to achieve clarity, visual interest and draw in your viewer through these two principles to greatly improve your typography.

Demystify type by breaking it down to its basics.

You will look at works of design through the lens of various grid systems. We break them all down for you so you can see the relationship between objects and draw your own conclusions.

Take a deep dive into the history of type.

Where do we get letterforms from? Go back to the beginning of type, starting with ancient Greek and Roman lettering, all the way through to the modern day digital typesetting of today.

Learn the rules and see them come to life.

Watch Chris as he walks a student through several design assignments and demos. Then, put your knowledge to the test in the homework assignments and bonus content.

Inside This Course
What You Will Learn

This is the backbone of typography.

Contrast is king. You will learn how to achieve clarity, visual interest and draw in your viewer through these two principles to greatly improve your typography.

Demystify type by breaking it down to its basics.

You will look at works of design through the lens of various grid systems. We break them all down for you so you can see the relationship between objects and draw your own conclusions.

Take a deep dive into the history of type.

Where do we get letterforms from? Go back to the beginning of type, starting with ancient Greek and Roman lettering, all the way through to the modern day digital typesetting of today.

Learn the rules and see them come to life.

Watch Chris as he walks a student through several design assignments and demos. Then, put your knowledge to the test in the homework assignments and bonus content.

Get an inside look at Typography 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:

Typography is the linchpin that holds all of design together.

Prior to learning typography, I was lost. I was putting things on a page without understanding how shifting something left or right affected all the components on the page.

I remember walking through the halls of ArtCenter looking at beautiful pieces of design work and thinking, "One day, I will get there."

It wasn't until my third term at ArtCenter where things began to change.

I was enrolled in an art class, and it was in this class where everything that confused me about typography, suddenly made perfect sense. Everything about how type works fell into place.

This was the big moment that shifted my thinking and understanding of design. Notice I didn't write typography—I mean design. I saw how the fundamentals of type could be incorporated into all facets of design.

Coming out of ArtCenter, I landed my first professional job at an advertising agency. In less than a year, I went from earning $40,000 salary to $85,000—not just because of typography, but because of how I applied its principles to all areas of design to create really good work.

It was through my understanding of type that I was able to manipulate information, as well as how it was used, to evoke certain feelings and create impact.

Here’s the thing about type: it’s not about choosing a typeface or certain font. It’s about learning how to make good use out of the tools you have.

Just like a chef in the kitchen, or a photographer in a studio, it’s their tools that allow them to do their jobs well and improve their skillsets.

My belief is that when you understand how to use type, you master how to lay things out on a page that creates a perfect harmony. Everything begins to work together beautifully when you familiarize yourself with the principles of typography and apply them to your practice.

This course is the culmination of everything I learned throughout my studies at ArtCenter. It’s my hope that the dark art and mystery of typography become logical to you, so you can create amazing pieces of work and excel as a designer.

Read More

Chris Do

Chris Do is an Emmy award winning director, designer, strategist and educator. He’s the Chief Strategist and CEO of Blind, executive producer of The Skool, and the Founder and CEO of The Futur— an online education platform that teaches the business of design to creative thinkers.

Who this is for

Learn the tools, techniques, and principles to use type like a master.

If you’re wondering how you can improve your typography, you’re in the right place. This course was specifically made for you to become comfortable and confident using type across all of your designs:

  • Design Student
  • Freelancer
  • Educator
  • Creative Director

Typography 01

Our most popular course will teach you the rules of typography and help you understand and master type, design and layout.

What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • Lifetime updates

Typography 01

Our most popular course will teach you the rules of typography and help you understand and master type, design and layout.

What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • Lifetime updates
What's inside
  • 6+ Hours of Video Content
  • In-depth assignments
  • Watch Chris work
  • Bonus: Design critique videos
  • 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.