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Adobe Illustrator: Fundamentals of Typography

Class Sessions

Date Delivery Method Cost
  • Thu Dec 15, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Live Online - 1 session $300

Class Code

ITS-2402

Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.



This course will enhance your typography skills and vocabulary with core fundamentals, with an opportunity to learn about professional type terminology and rules of the trade, and the history and evolution of some of your favorite typefaces.

This is the second session of the Stanford University Technology Training Adobe Illustrator Typography and Text Manipulation learning path proficiency certification. The program includes four sessions and a final exam challenge. In order to obtain your certificate of completion, you must attend at least three of the four sessions and successfully pass the final exam challenge.

This course will enhance your typography skills and vocabulary with core fundamentals. You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • Professional type terminology and rules of the trade
  • The history and evolution of some of your favorite typefaces
  • Information about prolific typography pathfinders, a list of recommended modern typography mavens to follow, and where to find resources to keep your creativity flowing
  • Knowing these fundamentals and history separates the expert typographer from the novice

Course Goals

  • Learn the difference between typeface and font
  • Learn type classifications and terminology
  • Understand essential rules of typography and layout
  • Learn about pairing fonts
  • Learn about important typographers
  • Collect a list of inspirational resources
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the course topics by passing the learning assessment

This course is for fans of fonts and creators in search of inspiration. You are ready for this course if you:

  • Feel comfortable navigating Illustrator's interface, using selection tools, and importing files
  • Know how to access and create color groups

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Memorize the typography parts of a glyph
  • Understand the difference between letter-spacing terms and how to adjust letter spaces in Illustrator
  • Discover current typographers and how to see their latest works
  • Inspect examples of copy and connect layout rules
  • Assess historical and current typographers to rank your new favorite influences
  • Build a go-to list of helpful resources that will pull you out of any designing slump

This course is a demonstrative lecture with no activity submission requirements. There will be requests for participation and discussion, and handouts will be provided. Notetaking and questions are encouraged.

Technology Requirement:
Have access to Adobe Illustrator on your device. Trial download information will be shared with enrolled learners before the start of the class.



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.