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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

Downloading a free font licensed for use on the web


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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

with Laura Franz

Video: Downloading a free font licensed for use on the web

So now that we've picked our geometric Sans Serif font, Museo Sans, we need to get it into our city site. Museo Sans has multiple weights and styles available on Typekit through the Trial Plan. It has 100 through 1,000. But we're going to go about getting the font into our site using @font-face. Quite frankly, because there are so many more weights and styles here available via Typekit, that's probably how I would usually access Museo Sans, but I want to make sure you know how to use the @font-face syntax.
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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

Downloading a free font licensed for use on the web

So now that we've picked our geometric Sans Serif font, Museo Sans, we need to get it into our city site. Museo Sans has multiple weights and styles available on Typekit through the Trial Plan. It has 100 through 1,000. But we're going to go about getting the font into our site using @font-face. Quite frankly, because there are so many more weights and styles here available via Typekit, that's probably how I would usually access Museo Sans, but I want to make sure you know how to use the @font-face syntax.

There have been a few small changes recently and this will give you the updates. It's important to know how to use the @font-face syntax because there are Web fonts out there that aren't available from either Google Web Fonts or Typekit, and some are free fonts. You can find them at Font Squirrel, on the websites of type designers, and from services like Fontspring and MyFonts.com. Others are fonts that you'd have to purchase a license in order to use, but you would still need to make them work yourself using @font-face.

So let's start by going to Font Squirrel, and we can search for Museo Sans and click on the name of the font. And you'll see here that even though Museo Sans is @font-face-compatible, which means it's been approved for use on the Web, it doesn't give us the opportunity to download an @font-face kit. The only thing that we can download is the OpenType Font and we would have to do that offsite. Now most fonts will actually give you the @font-face kit. Here I've opened the PT Sans font.

You can see there's a link here to the @font-face kit. But because of the licensing, Font Squirrel is not allowed to disseminate or to share this font, so we have to go back and get it from somewhere else. So let's go ahead and click on the Download OTF, which is offsite, and it takes us to Fontspring. Now Fontspring looks a lot like Font Squirrel because it's a sister site, and we can see here we are at the Museo Sans page. And as we scroll down, at first it may seem like you're not going to get a free font here.

But that's just because some of the weights and styles are not free and others are. Here's the one we're looking for, Museo Sans. We can add this to our cart. And then we also want to get the italic, so let's go ahead and back up and get the Museo Sans 500 Italic and add that to our cart. Let's back up again because we need a bold. Now the Museo Sans 700 is not free and that's our bold, but I happen to know that Museo Bold is free, so let's search here for Museo. Here we go! Find fonts, and you can see that we have a number of options for Museo.

There's four different fonts and they all have a very similar structure if you'd just look at the word Museo going down this line. And the main difference tends to be the serif. So let's go into Museo here down at the bottom, scroll down, and we will grab the free Museo 700 and add to cart. Now we have our text weight, a text italic, and a bold, and the bold does have a slight serif to it which is going to be a little different but they'll work because they have a similar structure, and I'm sort of interested in seeing how that's going to affect the final texture on the page.

So now we can check out and you'll need to log in to your account to check out, and if you don't have an account yet, you can create a new account and we can download all of these. And when we're done, we now have the free fonts on our computers.

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