Unit 1: Intro to Design
Unit 2: Figma Fundamentals
Unit 3: The Creative Process
Unit 4: Color Theory
Unit 5: Introduction to Illustrator
Unit 6: Typography
Unit 7: Layout
Unit 8: Typesetting
Unit 9: User Interface Design
Unit 10: Design Systems
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What is Typesetting?

Typesetting is a means of composing characters, words, sentences, paragraphs, and columns of text on a page. Paying very close and careful attention to how all of these pieces of text come together to express written language is a methodical art form, and one that is highly prudent to designers working across both print AND digital design.

Typesetting dates back to the movable type era, when pieces of type—called sorts— would be manually arranged in trays. These trays of manually set type would then get pressed onto paper using ink. All printed materials, such as newspaper, books, catalogs, and magazines all used this process of printing up until the digital era.

Today, typesetting is still incredibly important and integral to the overall success of design. Understanding the different considerations of typesetting, and how to use design programs to effectively typeset will aid you in your understanding of both typography, and how type interacts with layout and grids.

Above we see two different book designs by Pentegram.

Above we see a website for G—W Studios in both desktop and mobile breakpoints.

Above is the Brooklyn Magazine online publication.

Above we see three different applications, all with extensive typesetting work.

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