CVPA Faculty Laura Franz

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LAURA FRANZ: Biography

Professor Laura Franz teaches a wide range of type classes at UMass Dartmouth, including Typography I, II, and III, and a Web Typography class in The Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate In Web and Inter­ac­tion Design. Inspired by the intersection of tradition and technology, Laura shares her web font recommendations on and her typography knowledge via “Typo­graphic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typog­ra­pher in HTML and CSS” (Wiley), “Typog­ra­phy for Web Design­ers” (, and “Choosing and Using Web Fonts” ( A presenter at the 2012 HOW Magazine Interactive Design Conferences, she also writes for

She holds an MDes in Communication Planning and Design from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University.