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1.1 Introduction: The Art of Typography

Welcome to The Art of Typography! This lesson will give you an overview of the course and the skills you can expect to pick up along the way. We’ll also tackle the big question of whether we should classify typography as a kind of ‘art’.

1.1 Introduction: The Art of Typography

Hi guys, welcome to this design and illustration course called The Art of Typography. My name is Grace Fussell. I'm a graphic designer based in the UK and France, and I teach Graphic Design Principles, Adobe and Design Skills, and also Print Design Techniques here at Tuts+. In my work as a freelance graphic designer, I have to meet challenging briefs from commercial clients. And the one thing that becomes absolutely indispensable in my work is having a really solid foundation in typographic knowledge and technique. Knowing how to make text look good on your designs is best way to transform your books, magazines, posters, flyers, logos, business cards and signage into something that looks really professional and design forward. In this course, I'm going to explore with you the art form that is Typography. We'll take a look at some of the key design movements that have shaped the filed of type design as we know it today. And tackle a number of typography-themed projects, including typesetting a book and creating your own font from scratch. Which is gonna help you develop a broader and more in depth understanding of typography. As we move through the course, I'm going to show you how and why typography should be considered as a kind of art. Despite being subject to what can feel like endless rules, and also, in spite the fact that most typography these days is done digitally. Typography is a hugely creative subject. And, I'm going to show you how you can have a ton of fun with creating your own typographic designs. I'll feel more confident with bending some of those traditional type rules. If you're as excited as I am to get started with learning more about the fascinating world of typography, I'll see you over in the next lesson.

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