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Choosing and Using Web Fonts
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Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text


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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

with Laura Franz

Video: Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text

Now that Museo Sans is working on our site, let's make some changes to improve the hierarchy and chunking on the page. Looking at Museo Sans in our site, the text looks good overall. It's not too big, not too small, not too tight, and not too loose. But looking closely, we are having a bit of a problem over here in the events listing. The date, time and place feel a little bit loose to me. They don't feel as cohesive as I'd like them to.
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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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Choosing and Using Web Fonts
6h 52m Appropriate for all Jun 27, 2012

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This course focuses on the theories behind web fonts: what makes a good font, why different fonts look the way they do, and how fonts affect the look of a web page. Author Laura Franz covers common tasks, including downloading a font from an online source such as Typekit or Font Squirrel, implementing the font in HTML and CSS, and changing the size and line-height to improve the readability of text. The course also covers different periods of type design and explores the history behind handwritten fonts, text fonts (used for large amounts of text), and display fonts (used for headlines).

Topics include:
  • Explaining the history of text fonts, from Old Style, Transitional, and Modern to Slab Serif and Sans Serif
  • Understanding font classifications
  • Setting up a Typekit account
  • Choosing a quality font based on forms, spacing, and weights and styles
  • Accessing fonts from various sources
  • Implementing fonts with the @font-face syntax
  • Looking at how fonts affect the look and feel of a web page
  • Changing font styling to improve readability
  • Making various font weights and styles work correctly across multiple browsers
  • Pairing fonts (headline and text, two fonts in text, and so on)
  • Setting fallback fonts
Subjects:
Design Typography Web Web Design Web Fonts
Author:
Laura Franz

Changing styling as necessary to improve the readability of the text

Now that Museo Sans is working on our site, let's make some changes to improve the hierarchy and chunking on the page. Looking at Museo Sans in our site, the text looks good overall. It's not too big, not too small, not too tight, and not too loose. But looking closely, we are having a bit of a problem over here in the events listing. The date, time and place feel a little bit loose to me. They don't feel as cohesive as I'd like them to.

They need to be chunked together a little bit more to help readers skim the information more easily. When I scroll down it's hard to see that these things all belong together. So I'd like to tighten this up a bit, and if I look at the text over here in the main column, there's a very generous line height. So I'm wondering if just tightening up the line height a little will help us with this problem. So let's go back into our Text Editor and in the Universal Selector let's try making our line-height 21.

We'll Save this, toggle back over to our browser and Refresh, and that works better. The Time, Date and Place feel a little bit more cohesive on this side but the line-height on the text in the articles is still generous enough to help guide our eyes horizontally along the rows of text. So I think that solved our problem. That's good. Now let's just take a look and see if there's anything else we'd like to change. Usually I like the quote to be a little bit bigger to just standout a little bit more.

So we'll go in and change that and let's see if there's anything else. The footer is looking a tiny bit big here so I think I'd like to make that a little bit smaller. All right, so let's go back into our Text Editor and on the quote, let's bring that up to 16 and 23. Now in the footer let's add a line, font-size, and let's make it 14 pixels so it's just slightly smaller than the text, save that, Refresh and the footer looks much better.

Now let's go up and check our quote. You know, usually I like the quote bigger but I think with the geometric sans and the oblique feeling here it's actually just feeling a little bit too big and clunky to me, so I'm going to bring that back down. Sometimes the technique I use with one font doesn't work with another font. So let's go ahead and bring that back down to 15 on 22, Save that, and back over into our browser, that's much better.

I think the oblique is enough to call attention to that quote without it having to standout by being slightly bigger. So everything else looks pretty good. The page has good hierarchy and the information is chunked really well. Now because we used to the @font-face syntax, we could only use three weights and styles that were available to us. Because we were using free fonts, we could have used more weights and styles if we were willing to purchase licenses for the other weights and styles, but we didn't. So because we didn't use all the other weights and styles that would have been available via Typekit, we can see here that the Save the Date is a little bit lighter that we're used to as is the main heading.

Well, that's okay, it's not bad. It's actually quite nice. But if you wanted to use more weights and styles of the Museo Sans, you could always redo this page using the font from Typekit because all the weights and styles are available in their Trial Plan. Now, I'm glad that we did it using @font-face though, because what's nice about getting this page to work using @font-face is that we are no longer dependent on Typekit or Google Web Fonts to add Web fonts to our site. We can now use any font licensed for font linking via font-face.

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