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Implementing the font family in the CSS


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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

with Laura Franz

Video: Implementing the font family in the CSS

We've already added the @font-face Syntax to our CSS. Now we need to tell the browsers that we're using these fonts in our page. We do this by setting the font-family. Go ahead and select and copy the MuseoSans500Regular font-family, down in our Universal Selector, we can add that along with a comma so that we have a font stack. Now, you'll notice that I copied and pasted, it's very important that this font-family match the font-family up here, and that's because the browsers know when they see the font-family down here that they should look for the Web font files associated with the font-family up here.
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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

Implementing the font family in the CSS

We've already added the @font-face Syntax to our CSS. Now we need to tell the browsers that we're using these fonts in our page. We do this by setting the font-family. Go ahead and select and copy the MuseoSans500Regular font-family, down in our Universal Selector, we can add that along with a comma so that we have a font stack. Now, you'll notice that I copied and pasted, it's very important that this font-family match the font-family up here, and that's because the browsers know when they see the font-family down here that they should look for the Web font files associated with the font-family up here.

Let's go ahead and save this and view it in our browser. And it is not working, it is in Arial. I knew this would happen. I wanted to show you a very common problem. The reason why this is not working, let's go back into our editor here, is because our @font-face declaration is telling the browser to look for the fonts via this URL and it's looking directly for the Web Font files, so it expects to find the Web Font files in the same folder that the CSS is in.

But my Web Font files are still in my Download folder, so I need to move those over. So first, I will start with my 500s, I will grab all four fonts and I will move them to my Exercise Files, my city_site, and now they're in the same folder as my HTML file that has my CSS in it. Go ahead and get the rest of the files now.

Now, if I go back to my browser and refresh this, Command+R, we can see that it is using Museo Sans. But there is a problem here. I'm going to zoom in, Command++ and show you that bold is faked. We know this for two reasons. One, the bold that we used has some slight Serifs on it and there are no Serifs here. I'm going to keep zooming in on this. The other way that we can tell, is we can tell this has been slightly faked because the letters have been just slightly stretched vertically.

We can see in the letter e very clearly that the right side and the left side are a little heavier but the top line is not, and that's because it's been stretched horizontally actually, so we get this point at the top of the e, especially in the counter form. So this is a fake bold. We need to go back and fix this. First, I'll zoom out, Command+0, and then toggle back to my editor. And what we need to do is add the correct font family anywhere we're going to use the italic or the bold.

So let's set our italics first, and I usually do this by copying and pasting as much as possible to avoid mistakes. The first place I'm going to have a italic is in the tagline here. I put in a new font-family line, and here you can see it still says MuseoSansRegular, and that's not correct. So let's go up and find our Italic, Copy that, scroll back down to our tagline, Paste that in.

So now our tagline will come in as italic and we need to get rid of this font-style: italic as well because we don't want it to double italic. Now let's see where else we use italic, we can just Copy this and Paste it in as needed. We use it in the em, get rid of font-style: italic, and we use it in the quote, get rid of font-style: italic. Now let's go ahead and do this for the bolds as well.

In our h4 we have a bold. So I put in the font-family but right now it still says Italic so let's go find our bold, Museo700Regular, Copy that, scroll down to my h4, change it to the 700 Regular, and get rid of the font-weight: bold, because we don't want it double bolded, and then I'll Copy that whole line and then down here in strong, I will add the bold weight font and get rid of the font-weight.

Let's Save that and go back into our browser and take a look. I'll Refresh and we can see that the bold is coming in correctly and the italics are pretty much coming in correctly here in the tagline and over in the quote, but it is not coming in correctly in the word, Union. Do you see how Union is slanted over even more than for instance, the word library? That means that Union has double italic attached to it, and let's go back in and fix that. The reason that happened is because the em here has a default style and it will come in as italic unless we declare that it should be normal.

Let's go ahead and Save that, back in our browser, Refresh, and that's much better. Union is now fixed and the fonts are all working properly in the site. Next, we're going to style our text to make sure it looks as good as possible. So save this file for the next lesson.

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