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Applying the Futuristic font and changing the styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page

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Video: Applying the Futuristic font and changing the styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page

So now that we've picked our font, Tenby Eight, let's make it work. I've provided an Exercise File, which we're looking at called tenby_eight_tk_book_sale.html. I've already added the Typekit Code for Tenby Eight in the head of the document. You need to add both Tenby Eight Light and Regular to your kit, Publish it and add your Embed Code to the document so it will work on your system.

Applying the Futuristic font and changing the styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page

So now that we've picked our font, Tenby Eight, let's make it work. I've provided an Exercise File, which we're looking at called tenby_eight_tk_book_sale.html. I've already added the Typekit Code for Tenby Eight in the head of the document. You need to add both Tenby Eight Light and Regular to your kit, Publish it and add your Embed Code to the document so it will work on your system.

When you're done meet me back here. Now that the Embed code is in place, let's apply the font-family. We'll add Tenby Eight to the h1. Since we know from experience it won't work in the text, I'll copy the font-family up out of the universal selector and we can add it here, alllowercase, and we have our font stack. We'll also need to add a font-weight here, we'll use 700.

Tenby Eight comes in two weights, Light and Regular. And the Regular weight is actually set at 700 on Typekit. We're going to use that one because it's the one we are looking at whenwe decided to use this font. Last thing we're going to do, we know we want to use this as all caps, so let's go ahead and add a text-transform, uppercase, and this should be a good start for us. We'll Save this document and we need to upload to it to our servers because it does use a Typekit font, and then preview it in our browser.

Mine is on goodwebfonts.com in my lynda folder and that looks great, except we are having a problem. We can see here that it's too big for the size of the page and both Book and Chip are getting bumped down to the next line. I don't think we should go much smaller with this font. There's something really nice about the large square forms, so we're probably not going to get Book back up on the first line.

And at the same time while I'm looking at this, I don't think this heading should be centered. Centering type is very traditional and it creates this sort of organic forms on the sides of the heading. And this is a square form, a Futuristic font. I'm thinking the structure would be better if it had a straight edge. So I'm not exactly sure where we're going with this headline, but I think if we start by fixing the problems that we already see, that is get rid of the line breaks and the heading and left align the type, we'll at least be on our way to finding a solution.

So let's go back into the text editor and we'll add a text-align: left to the h1, get rid of the center there, and then we'll go down and let's get rid of all the extra breaks in the heading, in the HTML, save that, re-upload it to our server, and let's review it in our browser. That's looking pretty good. I think though that we need to obviously move it away from the edge here, and I think we can make it a little bigger in size.

So back into our text editor, go to our h1. Let's just try making this 80 and 90, and let's move it over a little bit. We'll add a little padding-left, maybe about 20 pixels, save that, re-upload it to our server and refresh it. That looks much better. That looks really good. I like the crisp top edge and the crisp left edge on the display face.

It frames the heading and it really emphasizes the square forms of the letters. But there are two things that I'm not crazy about. I'm hoping we can fix them. I think we can. First, I don't like how the E repeats itself three times in a row here. And second, I find the font a little overwhelming. It's hard for me to read the whole sentence because it starts to become a series of shapes. Now, one way we could fix this is to just make the type smaller again. The words would rearrange themselves, so the repeating E would be fixed and the letters would start feeling more like letters and less like big shapes sitting on the page.

But on the other hand, it's the big futuristic shapes that also appeal to me. So what we're going to try to do is visually break the sentence up a bit by incorporating another weight into the headline. Back in our Text Editor, let's make a class and call it lighter, .lighter. I'm going to copy the first four lines of my h1 up here. Highlight and copy it. I use the Cmd+C in the Mac, and then Paste it, and I can close this up.

I'm going to change the font-weight to 300. Now, often with a class, you only change the thing you want to change which here was our weight, but the font-family, font-size, and line-height are all set in the universal selector. So we need to set them here as well, so they don't revert back to the universal selector settings. We'll go ahead and Save this, and we need to apply this class down in the HTML. So right in front of the word is let's add a span.

We'll span the class lighter and right at the end here, we will end it. Go ahead and save this, reload it, and refresh it, and that looks good. Breaking the sentence up, chunked it, so the heading is easier to read. The darker type creates this strong shape. It sort of pulls our eye up into the left and that helps hide the repeating Es at the ends of the lines.

It also helps us to break the sentence up and it makes it a little bit easier to read. It's not really easy to read because of the font, but that's okay. It's a little bit easier than it was. When working with the heading we don't only have size and alignment to work with, we've got weights and styles too. And sometimes, slightly breaking up the heading can work to our advantage.

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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

89 video lessons · 6902 viewers

Laura Franz
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  1. 4m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 52s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 47s
  2. 14m 55s
    1. Recognizing the anatomy of letters
      4m 17s
    2. Understanding font classification
      4m 38s
    3. Finding and testing web fonts
      3m 41s
    4. Identifying common problems in fonts
      2m 19s
  3. 43m 43s
    1. Understanding Venetian fonts
      4m 0s
    2. Identifying a Venetian font
      4m 46s
    3. Understanding handwritten letters
      3m 22s
    4. Choosing a Venetian font
      3m 47s
    5. Creating a Typekit account and building a kit
      3m 43s
    6. Adding a Venetian font (Calluna) to your kit
      2m 51s
    7. Applying Calluna to your web site
      5m 54s
    8. Troubleshooting Typekit fonts that don't load
      2m 2s
    9. Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text
      4m 25s
    10. Working with more than four styles in Typekit
      5m 22s
    11. Looking at how using a Venetian font affects the look and feel of a web page
      3m 31s
  4. 32m 53s
    1. Identifying an Old Style font
      6m 26s
    2. Choosing an Old Style font
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Crimson Text to a web site using Google web fonts
      3m 8s
    4. Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text
      9m 20s
    5. Making various weights and styles work correctly across different browsers
      5m 16s
    6. Looking at how using an Old Style font affects the look and feel of a web page
      4m 13s
  5. 21m 12s
    1. Identifying a Transitional font
      5m 10s
    2. Choosing a Transitional font
      6m 36s
    3. Applying PT Sans to a site via Typekit
      2m 57s
    4. Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text
      2m 59s
    5. Looking at how using a Transitional font affects the look and feel of a web page
      3m 30s
  6. 16m 58s
    1. Identifying a Modern font
      7m 50s
    2. Choosing a Modern font
      4m 0s
    3. Using Typekit to find and test web fonts
      5m 8s
  7. 26m 52s
    1. Identifying a Slab Serif font
      4m 30s
    2. Choosing a Slab Serif font
      3m 58s
    3. Deleting a font from your Typekit
      3m 1s
    4. Exploring a font with multiple weights and styles
      9m 41s
    5. Looking at how using a Slab Serif font affects the look and feel of a web page
      5m 42s
  8. 26m 52s
    1. Identifying "Other" Serif fonts
      5m 28s
    2. Choosing "Other" Serif fonts
      10m 12s
    3. Using a font without an italic
      7m 6s
    4. Looking at how using an "Other" Serif font affects the look and feel of a web page
      4m 6s
  9. 20m 34s
    1. Identifying a Transitional Sans Serif font
      4m 29s
    2. Choosing a Transitional Sans Serif font
      5m 14s
    3. Changing styling to improve the readability of text
      6m 31s
    4. Looking at how using a Transitional Sans Serif font affects the look and feel of a web page
      4m 20s
  10. 31m 23s
    1. Identifying a Geometric Sans Serif font
      2m 51s
    2. Choosing a Geometric Sans Serif font
      4m 33s
    3. Downloading a free font licensed for use on the web
      3m 53s
    4. Using Font Squirrel to create an @font-face kit
      5m 12s
    5. Adding the @font-face syntax to the CSS
      2m 57s
    6. Implementing the font family in the CSS
      5m 29s
    7. Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text
      3m 56s
    8. Looking at how using a Geometric Sans Serif font affects the look and feel of a web page
      2m 32s
  11. 21m 3s
    1. Identifying a Humanist Sans Serif font
      4m 18s
    2. Choosing a Humanist Sans Serif font
      7m 23s
    3. Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text
      5m 32s
    4. Looking at how using a Humanist Sans Serif font affects the look and feel of a web page
      3m 50s
  12. 18m 28s
    1. Understanding handwritten fonts
      3m 4s
    2. Choosing a handwritten font
      8m 17s
    3. Looking at how using a handwritten font affects the look and feel of a web page
      7m 7s
  13. 33m 2s
    1. Understanding what to look for when pairing fonts
      6m 58s
    2. Using one font for headings and another for text
      6m 6s
    3. Using different fonts for different kinds of information on the page
      8m 38s
    4. Mixing and matching fonts within text
      3m 48s
    5. Looking at how using two fonts affects the look and feel of a web page
      7m 32s
  14. 23m 34s
    1. Understanding Script fonts
      2m 19s
    2. Choosing a Script font for display use
      8m 12s
    3. Changing styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page
      3m 33s
    4. Choosing a second font to pair with the Script Display font
      3m 42s
    5. Incorporating a second font with the Script Display font
      2m 53s
    6. Setting fallback fonts
      2m 55s
  15. 26m 38s
    1. Understanding Wood Type fonts
      3m 25s
    2. Choosing a Wood Type font for display use
      8m 35s
    3. Changing styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page
      4m 57s
    4. Choosing a second font to pair with the Wood Type font
      2m 28s
    5. Incorporating a second font with the Wood Type display font
      4m 42s
    6. Setting fallback fonts
      2m 31s
  16. 14m 58s
    1. Choosing an Art Deco font for display use
      2m 45s
    2. Changing styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page
      3m 51s
    3. Choosing a second font to pair with the Art Deco font
      2m 37s
    4. Incorporating a second font with the Art Deco display font
      2m 57s
    5. Setting fallback fonts
      2m 48s
  17. 27m 38s
    1. Choosing a Futuristic font for display use
      5m 33s
    2. Applying the Futuristic font and changing the styling as necessary to improve the form and placement of letters on the page
      6m 40s
    3. Choosing a second font to pair with the Futuristic font
      2m 48s
    4. Incorporating a second font with the Futuristic display font
      4m 21s
    5. Setting fallback fonts
      2m 22s
    6. Looking at the set of four ads
      5m 54s
  18. 7m 29s
    1. Exploring resources and goodbye
      7m 29s

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