Microtypography: Basics of Typographical Composition

A course by David Kimura
Editorial designer and typographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2017
, Editorial designer and typographer

Learn the basic principles of editorial design

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (168)
  • 2771 students

Learn the basic principles of editorial design

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (168)
  • 2771 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (2h 19m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

In this course, David Kimura, graphic and editorial designer, will teach you how to compose texts correctly, paying special attention to the architecture of words.

You will know the principles of typographic composition, from the space between characters, to the programming of justified values. You will also learn the criteria to define the interline, the prose in relation to the body of text and some tricks of the trade to solve common problems in the composition of texts.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Who I am?
  • U2
    U2. Preliminary and first decisions
  • U3
    U3. The text box
  • U4
    U4. Text formation
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will begin by knowing the work of David Kimura and you will get into editorial design from the perspective of a passionate microtype.

With some reference examples, you will discover the importance of typography and the correct choice of each parameter in the texts.

You will learn the basic concepts that every designer must know before starting an editorial project. David will explain important topics such as typographic selection and fundamental orthotypography.

Next, you will immerse yourself in the microtype. You will know the basic rules to correctly space the characters, the importance of the body, the interline, the width of the box and the relationship between them and typographic selection.

You will learn to justify texts on the left and on both sides, and to prepare paragraph and character styles.

You will also discover which are the most common problems and errors in the text composition process and how to solve them without spoiling the paragraph formation.

Finally, you will work on the galleys of a text, applying the criteria learned.

What is this course's project?

You will design and make the composition of the texts of a literary magazine and you will learn to design and form "type" pages for your projects.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at designers of any level, interested in typography and editorial design.

What you need

It is advisable to have previous knowledge of editorial design and have notions of InDesign management.


2771 Students
168 Reviews
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David Kimura

A course by David Kimura

Editorial designer and typographer

David Kimura has a degree in graphic design from the Universidad Iberoamericana and a postgraduate degree in Visual Communication from the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel.

He was a founding partner of the Kimera and Bésame Mucho studios. Since 2005, she works with Gabriela Varela, specializing in typography and book design for publishers in Mexico and Europe. His work has received various national and international awards and has been published in different countries.

For 15 years he has been giving lectures, classes and workshops in various institutions inside and outside of Mexico.


  • U1

    Who I am?

    • Who I am?
    • Why is typography important?
    • Influences: Good and bad
    • Structure of the course
  • U2

    Preliminary and first decisions

    • Definition of objectives and content analysis
    • Typography as part of a whole
    • Typographic selection
    • Fundamental orthotypography
    • First decisions for our project
  • U3

    The text box

    • Space between characters
    • Other basic typographical parameters
    • Design a justified text on the left
    • The justified texts on both sides and justified values I
    • The justified texts on both sides and justified values II
    • Preparing the style palette
  • U4

    Text formation

    • Typical problems during training
    • Resources to eliminate problems
    • Formation of the text of the exercise
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Microtypegraphy: fundamentals of typesetting

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Microtypography: Basics of Typographical Composition. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by David Kimura

Microtypography: Basics of Typographical Composition

A course by David Kimura
Editorial designer and typographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2017
  • 99% Positive reviews (168)
  • 2771 students