Experimental Typography for the Web
Make type animations from scratch! Learn how to bend and mould typography for use in your own websites using P5.js.
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Want to know how to work with variable fonts and how to create kinetic typographic animations for websites? If yes, this creative, go-at-your-own-pace course is for you. We've created a series of projects for this that are all about getting weird with type.
You'll also create your very own kinetic typography animations from scratch, be able to add them to websites and make them user-interactive.
What you’ll learn
How to add variable typography to websites and change it
How to add CSS animations and transitions to web type
Working with P5.js within an in-browser canvas, even if you've never coded before
How to think about and create your own kinetic typography animations from scratch
How to let your users change and interact with your beautiful kinetic type animations
How to break apart typography into its base components to rework it completely
Real world projects – Projects and code that you can alter and remix to add to your own sites and portfolio
Access the community – Join our Slack and connect with thousands of SuperHi students and alumni
Continued help – Help from our expert teachers and educators with years of experience in the industry
Resources – Resources to get you started and going post-course
6 hours of video lessons – Practical, go-at-your-own pace learning
Anyone who wants to learn how to work with variable typography or create their own interactive, kinetic typography from scratch.
A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux) with the latest version of Chrome installed and a broadband internet connection. That’s everything!
In the first project, a splash page for an upcoming digital agency, we learn how to add web typography to a site and how to play around with variable type using CSS animations.
For this portfolio site project, we extend upon variable type with the Bandeins Strange typeface which has two levels of variability. We also add in hover states and a script to change the type on scroll.
For most kinetic type animations, we need to draw in a canvas to be able to manipulate our type. In this fun project, we copy and paste our text so we can play around with its width.
In this project, we're going to take some text and play with its distortion within a grid to splice it up.
For this project, we take kinetic type to its extremes by making the grid very small and by letting our users change the text and the speed of animation.
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Sometimes, we want to be able to let our users have control over the animation. We add timeline scrubbing in this project along with an animation loop.
In our final project, we take drawing to its extreme by sampling a font and redrawing it with circles and lines, and then using vectors to add distortion based on our mouse position.
Our instructors have decades of professional experience, have spoken at international conferences and have won countless web design awards.
Rik (he/him) is a Mancunian coder, teacher and CEO of SuperHi. He was the co-founder of Steer (a code school in London) and has taught several thousand people to code. He is a bit too old to be posting memes on our social media and recently featured as a Sour Patch Kid in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
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If you're comfortable working with a computer, then yes!
Learning new and improving your existing skills is about being patient with yourself, building up your knowledge, developing confidence through practice, and with time. We've seen our students around the world do it, and so can you.
Our beginner courses are designed for people new to the subjects. They grow your understanding so you grasp everything you need to start applying your new skills and will also give you a path to dig deeper if you want.
Our teaching style is practical and straightforward and you'll have support from our expert instructors and community for as long as you need.
We have quite a lot of students that join us and have done some coding before but want to build up confidence and techniques.
In order to help get you where you'd like to be, have a look at the sites below to see which course you can make from scratch, without any help at all.
All of our courses are unlocked and available for students to start their learning and go at their own pace. We do have a suggested weekly structure for some courses, which helps some students stay on track. However, you're definitely free to jump ahead or take as long as you need!
As soon as you checkout and pay, you'll have all the courses you paid for, in your student dashboard available to you immediately. If you're busy and can't start right away - no worries, you can pick it back up later.
At SuperHi, we provide online courses designed for creatives and made for everyone. Take a course on Code, Design, or Project Management 😊
The proof is in the pudding! Our students go on to make their own beautiful sites and some of their stunning work have won digital design awards. Take a look at our Hall of Fame to see some of the sites our students have built, many of which had only taken our Foundation course!
If you're a SuperHi student or alumni and would like to submit your project to be included in our Hall of Fame, please feel free to submit it here.
Yes, we do! All you'd need to do is send the links to your completed projects over to firstname.lastname@example.org at the end of your course. We will review them, provide feedback if necessary, and then issue your certificate!
All our course videos are taught using the SuperHi Editor, but you'll be able to apply everything you'll learn to a code editor of your choice. Many students go on to use other code editors, for example, if their workplace has an existing standard.
Our SuperHi Editor is designed with many smart features to help avoid wasted time looking for things like a typo or missing bracket (which is why we made it!), but the same code concepts apply to any editor.
Yes! You can use your own custom third-party domains and connect them to your sites built with our SuperHi Editor. Additionally, all SuperHi sites come with free SSL Certificates for added protection.
Here's more information on how to connect a third-party domain