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Type 2: The Necessities

  • TypeEd 145 Valley Street Pasadena, CA, 91105 (map)

The Necessities is an intermediate lecture-demonstration class for the practiced designer or graduating college student who has some working knowledge of typography and understands the basics of setting type in InDesign. 

You never saw it coming: a hyphen just jumped out of nowhere and ruined your perfect rag. To survive this type of ninja attack in the future, you’ll need to learn the techniques practiced here.

We’ll train you to defend yourself against the likes of bad design habits by rapidly recognizing type categories, characteristics and choosing faces to improve readability. And then: spacing, tracking and kerning shortcuts happen in an instant. You’ll respond to and instantly take down unbalanced kerning. Without realizing it, you’ve maneuvered expert type handling and styles document-wide like it is second nature.

* The typographic hierarchy approach
* How to handle quotes, dashes and type weights
* InDesign techniques for applying correct typesetting
* The ins and outs of pairing typefaces
* How to implement the process of the typographic discipline

Typography Skill Level


Software Proficiency

None Required




Nothing needed, just bring yourself. Light refreshments are provided.


Participants must have taken Type 1 or have had 3 or more years working experience and/or combined formal design education. Adobe InDesign experience is not necessary, but may be helpful. Graduates of this class may take any offered intermediate or advanced workshops.

About the Instructor

Michael Stinson is a partner at Ramp Creative. With 20 years in the field of design, his identity and annual report work have been recognized by CommArts, Mohawk Paper, TDC, Graphis, etc. Conversely, he’s served on the juries for the Ad Club, Graphis, the One Show Design and the Young Ones.

Cancellation & Rescheduling

If you can’t make it, email us at least 24 hours in advance to move your registration to another class date of your choice. Full refunds will be honored only if a cancellation is requested seven (7) days or more prior to the originally scheduled event.

Earlier Event: June 4
Type 1: The Basics
Later Event: June 10
Letter Better: The Next Dimension