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How to Improve Your Layout and Typography Critique

If you want to improve your graphic design skills, start with typography.

Whether your new to graphic design, or are looking to sharpen your skills, we recommend picking up typography. Why?

First and foremost, design is communication. And one of the things that helps design clearly share specific messages is typography. Think of typography as the language of design; it’s really the cornerstone of graphic design as a whole.

Of course, there’s much more to typography than choosing a nice-looking font. You have to understand how it works, its function, and how to choose the appropriate typeface to communicate your message.

Both typography and graphic design share the same basic principles. It’s absolutely essential that any designer, regardless of experience level, learns the fundamentals of typography.

Design's functionality depends on the form, and the form needs to be functional. And an understanding of the fundamentals is what separates your design work from the crowd. They are:

  1. Contrast
  2. Scale
  3. Repetition
  4. Balance
  5. Hierarchy

In this livestream, Chris critiques graphic designers’ work and teaches them how to improve their layout and typography.

As you watch this critique, you’ll see the fundamentals come into play, as well as how they significantly impact each layout as a whole.

Want to get started with type? We’ve put together a free typography manual to help you get a jumpstart to mastering type—just click here to download it. And be sure to check out our most popular design course, Typography 01, below.

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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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