Typography & Layout

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We’ll look at recognizing typefaces, categorizing specific styles and pairing fonts.

Understanding Typography
Understanding Typography

Understanding Typography

Much more than just picking a font and a point size from a drop-down menu, typography is a skillset with a rich history. In this video, we explore what it is and why understanding the basics is essential for designers. We’ll look at recognizing typefaces, categorizing specific styles and pairing fonts.

  1. Why typography is important
  2. What’s the difference between fonts and typefaces?
  3. What is a serif and a sans-serif font?
  4. What other types of fonts are there?
  5. How to create hierarchy with type
  6. Kerning, leading and line length
  7. Text alignment
  8. How to pair fonts together?

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Using the Canva Editor we explore how to format and create hierarchy with your text.

Working with Text in Canva
Working with Text in Canva

Working with Text in Canva

Understanding the basics of text and how to apply them is vital for designers. Using the Canva Editor we explore how to format and create hierarchy with your text. In no time you’ll be pairing fonts and increasing the power of your communication.

  1. How to add text in Canva?
  2. How to format your text
  3. How to create hierarchy with type?
  4. Numbered and bullet lists
  5. Where to find font combinations in Canva?

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This video looks at what a business card is and the job it needs to do.

How to Make a Business Card
How to Make a Business Card

How to Make a Business Card

Business cards are a great way to see how type and basic hierarchy can be used in the real world. This video looks at what a business card is and the job it needs to do. We’ll look at layout, one and two sided business cards and how the finish and texture can send subliminal messages to the receiver.

  1. What should your business card look like?
  2. What goes on a business card?
  3. Should you choose a 1 or 2 sided business card?
  4. How to create visual hierarchy on your business card?
  5. What paper stocks are and why are they important?
  6. How the texture and finish of your business card sends a message to the receiver
  7. Things to consider before sending your business card to a printer

Designing your Business Card in Canva

At Canva we believe in starting inspired, so this lesson looks at how to design business cards using one of the thousands of available templates. We’ll start with a template, modify it to suit and then send it to print.

  1. Where to find business card templates?
  2. How to find the right typeface for your business card?
  3. What color palette to use for your business card?
  4. How to create a visual hierarchy on your business card?
  5. How to print your business cards with Canva?

How to Make Stationery

From traditional items like letterheads, envelopes, compliment slips, invoices etc. to more modern digital ones like email signatures, social media headers etc. Businesses need many types of stationery to show their customers they can be relied upon and trusted.

  1. Why is stationery important?
  2. What's a Brand kit and what does it include?
  3. Making print stationery (business cards, letterheads etc.)
  4. Making digital stationery (email signatures)
  5. What needs to be included on your stationary?

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In this video we’ll use Canva to design the business stationary to create a consistent brand message.

Designing your Business Stationery
Designing your Business Stationery

Designing your Business Stationery

In this video we’ll use Canva to design the business stationary to create a consistent brand message. Follow along as we create a letterhead, an envelope, a postcard and an email signature. Core items to launch a new business.

  1. How to design a letterhead with Canva
  2. How to set up your Brand Kit in Canva?
  3. How to design an envelope with Canva?
  4. How to design a postcard with Canva?
  5. How to design an email signature with Canva?

How to Make a Flyer

Flyers are a great way to grab people’s attention and encourage them to act. We’ll look at how we create imagery and combine that with text, to make a flyer that is both attention-grabbing and informative.

  1. Are flyers and print media still effective?
  2. What is a flyer and what goal(s) should it achieve?
  3. How to tailor your flyer to your audience?
  4. How to craft the message of your flyer?
  5. Design considerations when designing a flyer
  6. How to apply the design principles to your flyer?
  7. How to repurpose your flyer into other media?

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Designing your Flyer in Canva

Designing engaging flyers in Canva couldn’t be easier. Beginning with templates we’ll create an eye-catching flyer using all the text skills we’ve learnt in this course.

  1. Where to find great flyer templates in Canva?
  2. Why it's important to research your audience first?
  3. How to work with images in Canva?
  4. How to choose the right fonts for your flyer?
  5. How to use color to highlight key parts of your flyer?
  6. How Canva Pro can help you repurpose your flyer into other design assets?
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