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A short course in Typography

Technical Tutorial Published 3/4/14 Last updated on 6/8/17

A poster I developed for my graphics design classes, summarizing what I felt were the essential elements of typography I wanted easily reference-able.
If you feel there is anything I've missed that's essential, please let me know about it for consideration for inclusion in version 2.

It may not be obvious from the thumbnail here, so I want to mention specifically that this is licensed CC-BY-SA, so feel free to use this in your courses, modify it, share it with others, and so on, subject only to the requirements to attribute me and share it in the same fashion (see the link if you're not sure what this means).

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A poster I developed for my graphics design classes, summarizing what I felt were the essential elements of typography I wanted easily reference-able.  

If you feel there is anything I've missed that's essential, please let me know about it for consideration for inclusion in version 2.

It's not obvious in the thumbnail here, so I want to explicitly mention that this is licensed CC-BY-SA.

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Chris Huxley

Posted on 6/30/16 5:20:02 AM Permalink

Thank you for sharing this Matthew. It contains some important basics in a relatively small space - well done.

Jody Campbell

Posted on 8/28/14 2:21:06 PM Permalink

Awesome resource and I am stealing it!

It's a great intro to the basics! I was looking at it and thinking what could I offer without making it into more then a great intro. All I could come up with is adding "moveable type" where you explain where the term "leading" comes from...you mention that is a throw back to adding metal strips between lines of type but it might be clearer if mentioned this was done back in the day of moveable type to adjust that spacing.

Matthew Miller

Posted on 8/29/14 5:11:41 PM Permalink

Steal away! I'm glad you find it useful. That's a good point about movable type - I'll add that to the next version. Thanks, Jody.

Andrew Kutchera

Posted on 8/10/14 5:50:49 PM Permalink

I love your poster! I think you've included all the basics, but I would probably also try to squeeze in something about caps, small caps and unicase (maybe near the kerning / 'love' section at the bottom?). Otherwise I think this is very succinct and communicates a lot of great information.

Matthew Miller

Posted on 8/10/14 6:02:12 PM Permalink

A nice idea. I'll look into how to incorporate that. (I had to google "unicase" as I am too anglo-centric to have run across that before; learning new things every day. ;-)

Thank you

Caitlyn VanderMaas

Posted on 4/9/14 7:55:24 PM Permalink

Very nice!! Thank you for sharing!!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 3/23/14 7:57:22 PM Permalink

How did I miss this?

Great resource, as usual, Matthew. Thanks!

Mary Codd

Posted on 3/22/14 9:34:34 PM Permalink

Thanks for creating and sharing this poster!

Radha Naganathan

Posted on 3/19/14 11:03:47 AM Permalink

Great resource for a teaching typesetting subject for Printing technologist students...

margaret campbell

Posted on 3/7/14 8:22:56 AM Permalink

great poster, thanks for sharing :)

James Buchholz

Posted on 3/6/14 5:55:24 PM Permalink

Very Nice! I would like to use this with my students is that ok?

Matthew Miller

Posted on 3/6/14 7:38:46 PM Permalink

Of course, James! That's why I posted it and marked it with a CC-BY-SA license. You're welcome to use it as much as you want. I'm glad you find it useful.

Clint Balsar

Posted on 3/5/14 3:27:57 AM Permalink

Thanks for sharing!

Erika Shorey

Posted on 3/5/14 1:32:11 AM Permalink

Great poster! Thanks for the posting.