Practicing Graphic Designers
Stand out among your peers and give your portfolio the extra edge by perfecting your lettering skills. Pick up in-depth knowledge about the structure of letterforms and how to craft them, from a design master. Nils teaches you the proper way to go from sketch to vectorizing.
Aspiring Graphic Designer
If you’re just starting out, this class will guide your through the entire process of creating custom lettering. From foundational knowledge, to initial sketch, all the way through digitizing your work as a perfect vector asset.
The best way to do learn the origin, rational and logic of typography is to draw type.
Course - Learn from high-quality lectures.
Downloadables - Download class materials and worksheets.
Assignments - Practice with exercises to improve your skills.
Complete Process - Follow along from sketch to digitization.
Nils is a master graphic designer with expertise in hand lettering, decorative type and custom font design. He has deep experience in identity systems, branding, logotype design and packaging. Letterform instructor of 30 years at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California.
01. Create A Logotype From Scratch
In this course, you’ll go through the entire process of creating a logotype. Starting with hand drawing, customization, refinement and through the digitizing process, to create a finalized vector logotype.
02. Sound like a professional
Learn the history and terminology every design professional should know. Understand type anatomy and the rules that make up beautiful letterforms.
03. Hand drawing skills
Learn the tools and strategies to draw type precisely. Working through the exercises trains your body to replicate and create letterforms that are balanced and harmonious.
04. Typography Sense
Learn how to see typography. Understand letter spacing, weights, and the relationship between letters to know how to set and design beautiful typography.
05. Manipulate Typographic Forms
Learn the rules of how to properly add weight, condense, expand, or italicize type by hand.
06. Make Perfect Curves
Learn the eight rules for making beautiful curves. Whether drawing by hand or in Adobe Illustrator, Nils walks you through the concepts and techniques to create perfect, flowing curves.
"This course has been really helpful for me regarding digitizing my hand-drawn letterforms. It has also helped me understand how to add decorative elements around my letterforms, in a technical and precise way. There are great tips for lefties too!"
Hand Lettering Artist
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