Design and Print

Welcome to your Printing and Graphics qualification!

At the start of your course you should take a look at the “Getting Started” page, and take some time to read through the articles and complete the vocational initial assessment on this page. Following this, read through the lessons on “The Graphics Industry” page, in preparation for the first portion of your NVQ and Technical Certificate.

Technical Certificate Lessons

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Design and Print Lessons:

Typographical Attributes

This lesson goes into a lot more depth and detail about some of the complex typographical attributes such as: Paragraphs, Headings, Formatting, Alignment, Tracking and Kerning, Runaround, Captions, Folios and Running heads. This additional lesson goes into more detail about other typographical attributes such as: Font Styles and Style Sheets, Widows and Orphans, Lists, Tabulation, Hyphenation… Read More »

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Typeface and fonts

This lesson explores the different classifications of typeface and the different types and uses of fonts. The historical development of type design has been inseparable from the developments of the tools, equipment and materials used to make and print the type. As we have advanced through the 20th and 21st century it has become easier… Read More »

Letterpress chase typography


This lesson explores a vast range of topics surrounding typography, hopefully including everything you ever needed to know plus much more. Due to the shear quantity of information on this subject, we have divided the lesson into different sections below to help you find what you’re interested in more simply. For a general overview as… Read More »


Advanced Design Principles

This lesson dives into a deeper exploration of different design principles. It is worth reading through the basic introduction to design before starting this lesson, though this lesson does stand on it own right. The design principles discussed in this lesson include: Balance Symmetry and space Unity Harmony Rhythm Colour Emphasis Movement Proportion Scale Visual… Read More »

The Design Process; cleint brief, research, origination of copy and images, development, draft, final alterations, proof and production.

The Design Process

The function of design is to communicate – whether it’s about a product, a concept, an image or a company.  Yet the problem the designer faces is how to choose the right combination of elements, such as headings, text, and illustrations to get the message across in the most original and effective way. This lesson… Read More »

Hue, Saturation and Brightness diagram


Introduction to using colour theory in design practice This lesson is about the basic skills and knowledge required to explore the use of colour and to apply colour theory in design. In this topic you will need to research the different meaning, uses and features of different colours and how they relate to each other.… Read More »


Costs and Budgets

This is a copy of the Costs and Budgets webinar training session. Some of the materials you might find useful for reference purposes, and the activities referred to in the workbook have been copied below. Ignore the blonde: clip from ‘a beautiful mind’ Business finances Before starting the assessment for the finance part of this… Read More »

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Basic Design Principles

This lesson is about the basic principles of graphic design: Balance Proportion Rhythm Emphasis Unity

Creativity Light bulb


Creativity is not a gift, it is a skill that comes with practice over time. The best way to improve your creativity is to adopt an open minded  and positive attitude, when dealing with any situation. This lesson and the webinar that accompanies it have been developed to provide you with practical activities and tools… Read More »