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Creating a Typekit account and building a kit

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Video: Creating a Typekit account and building a kit

Before we can start using Calluna in our site, we need to create a Typekit. To do this, go to Typekit, and click on Register. As you can see, there are multiple plans to choose from. For this course, we're going to use the Free plan. With the Free plan, you can use up to two fonts, and you can use them on one site, and you can use all the fonts that are available in the trial library. The trial plan requires the use of Typekit badge, which tells visitors to your site that the fonts are from Typekit.

Creating a Typekit account and building a kit

Before we can start using Calluna in our site, we need to create a Typekit. To do this, go to Typekit, and click on Register. As you can see, there are multiple plans to choose from. For this course, we're going to use the Free plan. With the Free plan, you can use up to two fonts, and you can use them on one site, and you can use all the fonts that are available in the trial library. The trial plan requires the use of Typekit badge, which tells visitors to your site that the fonts are from Typekit.

Other plans allow you to choose whether or not to use the Typekit badge on your sites. So let's go ahead and sign up for the plan. If you already have an Adobe ID, you can sign in to Typekit. If not, you will need to create an Adobe ID. You can use your e-mail address, and set a password, and your date of birth, and you can create an account. You can read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy on your own, and you come to a page that gives you information on where to get help, and how to use Typekit.

We don't need to look at this information right now. I'll show you everything you need to do the exercise files in this course. If you want to learn more about Typekit than I show you in this course, I recommend taking a look at another Lynda.com course called Up and Running with Typekit. For now, let's get started. First you'll be asked to create a kit. A kit is a bundle of fonts you want to use on your site. You can always change anything you set up on this page. Let's call the kit Choosing and Using Web Fonts, and then you'll need to choose the domain where the fonts will be used.

Kits will only work on one domain, and the subdomains associated with it. If you're running a server off your computer, you can also set the kit to work on local host. We're not going to run a server off our computers in this course, so you need to supply the domain where your files for this course will live. For example, I'm going to upload all my files to goodwebfonts.com. So I will type that domain in here. You should type in the name of your domain. Hit Continue, and next Typekit supplies the JavaScript code you need to use Typekit.

It allows Typekit to serve the fonts to your Web pages. Typekit will only serve the fonts from your kit to the domain you designated, and they will only serve the fonts you put in the kit to pages with this JavaScript code in the head. That means if you have a site with ten pages, and you want all ten pages to use the fonts in the kit, you have to put the JavaScript code in the head of all of ten pages. This may seem like a bit of extra work, but it's great if you want to use different kits and different fonts on different pages in the same site.

Don't worry about forgetting this code. You can always access it again through your kit, but if your site gets complex, you might want to keep track of what code goes with what kit. That way you don't have to keep looking up the code through the Web site. So let's copy this code. I usually keep a Word document with my codes in it. Type in Choosing and Using Web Fonts, and paste the code. And then I recommend saving this file as Choosing and Using Web Fonts Typekit codes, and I would put it in with my exercise files.

Back in Typekit, we can hit Continue, and we're all set. We can go and find some fonts.

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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

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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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