Basics of Typography from A to Z

A course by Álvaro Franca
Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined December 2017
, Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist

Discover the infinite possibilities of typography for conveying and enhancing your message

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2666 students

Discover the infinite possibilities of typography for conveying and enhancing your message

Choosing the right typography is a key step in defining your design’s tone of voice. That’s why typography specialist Álvaro Franca sees them as a source of infinite possibilities for conveying messages, whether as a designer in studio Vasava (Barcelona), or as co-founder of Naipe Foundry, where he collaborates with clients like TV Globo, Sony Music, and Descomplica.

In this course, Álvaro teaches you how to choose the right typography for big and small projects alike by covering everything from logos to magazine design. Dive into the history of typography and discover how to combine font families, sizes, and styles to create an effective and coherent piece. By the end of the course, you’ll know how to choose the perfect font for any design project you’re working on.

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What will you learn in this online course?

23 lessons & 19 downloads

Find fonts
12 minutes, 40 seconds
Font formats
15 minutes, 11 seconds
Licenses
10 minutes, 55 seconds
Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2666 students
  • 23 lessons (4h 58m)
  • 19 additional resources (3 files)
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  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Select a typography and use it to design a magazine.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Designers and non-designers, with or without experience, who want to take their knowledge of typefaces to a new level. This course is also for anyone looking for a starting point in the world of typography.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary since the teacher explains each concept from the beginning.


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2666 Students
117 Reviews
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Álvaro Franca

A course by Álvaro Franca

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Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist

Álvaro Franca is a Brazilian graphic artist and an expert in typography and lettering who became fascinated with language at an early age. Álvaro holds a degree in Graphic and Industrial Design from the Rio de Janeiro State University and specialized in typography at EINA, the University School of Design and Art located in Barcelona, where he currently lives.

Since 2018. Álvaro has been working at Vasava, a multidisciplinary studio where he applies his mastery of font types to a wide range of projects, including animation, branding, editorial design, and lettering. He is also the co-founder of Naipe Foundry, a typography company that works with big-name clients like TV Globo, Sony Music and Descomplica.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Find fonts
    • Font formats
    • Licenses
  • U3

    Knowing the sources

    • To the letter: typographic vocabulary 1
    • To the letter: typographic vocabulary 2
    • The Latin alphabet 1
    • The Latin alphabet 2
    • A fine-tuned group: hierarchy of text
  • U4

    History and typographic classification

    • History of typography 1
    • History of typography 2
    • Typographic classification 1
    • Typographic classification 2
    • Form and function
    • Typographic archetypes
  • U5

    Putting it into practice: selecting sources for a magazine

    • Combining fonts 1
    • Combining fonts 2
    • Micro: the typographic detail 1
    • Micro: the typographic detail 2
    • Macro: the typographic system 1
    • Macro: the typographic system 2
  • FP

    Final project

    • Basics of Typography from A to Z

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Basics of Typography from A to Z. Calligraphy, and Typography course by Álvaro Franca

Basics of Typography from A to Z

A course by Álvaro Franca
Graphic Designer and Lettering Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined December 2017
  • 99% positive reviews (117)
  • 2666 students