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Design course (online)

About the course

There is more to clear communication than choosing the right words. This short course shows you how to use clear design principles to produce documents that are effective as well as attractive.


The course covers the following subjects.

Examples of poor design


  • Type size
  • Typefaces
  • Typeface weights


  • Columns
  • Margins and binding
  • Line length
  • Leading
  • Hierarchy of headings
  • White space


  • Paper size
  • Grids and columns
  • Paper weights and finishes


Form design

Testing drafts

General guidelines and summary

Ordering a place on the Design course as an online course:

The course costs £20 plus VAT (Total price £24). You use the course on a password-protected website. Your fee gives you unlimited access to the course for two weeks.

We accept payment in pounds sterling (GBP), euros (EUR), US dollars (USD), Australian dollars (AUD) and New Zealand dollars (NZD).

We can accept payment with the following cards.


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Please note that your username and password to logon to the course will be sent to you during the next working day after you have made your payment.

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Refunds may be given at the discretion of the management.

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