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Typography for the Non-Designer

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Most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

Before each sesson, Tech Training will provide a Zoom link for live online classes, along with any required class materials.


Typographic elements surround us everyday, including logo design, packaging, traffic signs and more. This three-hour course will explore the basics of typography and its use is effective graphic communication.

Prerequisites: None.

Learning Objectives
During this course, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the importance of typography
  • Gain familiarity with the anatomy of type
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Execute a design projects featuring typography

Topics Include:

The Basics of Typography

  • The Anatomy of Type
  • Kerning, Leading and Tracking
  • Type Pairing
  • Project: Create a Text Only Logo

The Next Steps of Typography

  • Indents, Paragraphs, & Justification
  • How to Rag Copy
  • Typographic Grid Systems
  • The Use of Color in Typography

Project: Create a Menu

Outputting Files

  • Exporting PDFs
  • Packaging Files to send to a printer

Requirement: An installation of Adobe Photoshop, or a free trial license

Joseph LoCicero

Joseph LoCicero is a Connecticut based designer and educator. He is currently an online instructor teaching typography at NYIT and branding at Bellevue University. He is teaching digital design and public speaking classes at several other colleges both online and in the classroom.

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