Throughout his teaching, it can be seen that Weingart's dislike for the strict and constraining rules that his professors laid on him shaped his design philosophies. While instructing typography classes at Basel, he noticed that many students saw the Swiss grid system as a "safety net' that ensured correct placement of the type. Weingart disagreed with this idea; he thought that designers should have an "intuitive relationship with the typography" that informs their use of grids and placement of content. Weingart believed that a mastery of traditional skills was critical to understanding how to innovate and experiment with typography. As a result, this led to many assignments that worked with the distortion of type, using shapes and cropping to better understand the form of the typography.