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UI Typography Fundamentals (1h)

Full update: May 2024!


Welcome to this comprehensive course about on UI Typography fundamentals!

Typography is a key element in design, breathing life into your work and guiding your audience.

In this one-hour course, I would like to give you an overview of the more technical side of setting up and working with typography for the web.

We will start with the basics like where to find typefaces, how many you need for a good UI setup, and why Superfamilies are so fantastic.

I will show you how to create a solid hierarchy by setting up a type scale and different ways in which we could do that. We'll learn how to name text styles effectively, ensuring we do not interfere with code setup and SEO. And I'll demonstrate whi it is so umportant to use REM units over pixels as soon as our design comes alive in code.

We will learn about font weight and variable fonts. I will explain how line height works in CSS and what that means for your UI typography setup, and why whitespace is your best friend.

We'll also explore the importance of color contrast and how to check and document it. And most importantly, we'll have a close look at how to deal with typography across different screen sizes. This includes examining setups with breakpoints as well as more modern approaches for fluid typography using CSS clamp.

While the focus is on the theoretical aspect, bridging the gap between design and code, we will also take a peek into practical implementation using tools like Figma, from basic text settings to more advanced techniques like using styles, variables, and modes.

Whether you're a beginner or an experienced designer, this course is tailored to help you refine your typography skills and technical setup.


Videos cover: 

  1. Typeface vs fonts
  2. Serif, sans serif & superfamilies
  3. Where to find fonts
  4. How many typefaces
  5. The type scale
  6. Different scaling systems
  7. Why rem and not px
  8. Font weight and variable fonts
  9. Demystifying line height
  10. A word on naming
  11. Typography in Figma
  12. Figma variables for typography
  13. White space is your superpower
  14. Optimal line length
  15. Colour and contrast in typography
  16. Responsive typography with breakpoints
  17. Fluid typography with CSS clamp()
  18. Responsive typography in Figma with styles
  19. Automating Figma typography with variables and modes
  20. Some real-life examples

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