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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

Working with more than four styles in Typekit


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Choosing and Using Web Fonts

with Laura Franz

Video: Working with more than four styles in Typekit

Now that we've fixed the size and spacing on the text, this page looks pretty good. We could leave it as it is and call it done, but I'd like to take advantage of the various weights and styles available for Calluna. So let's go back to Typekit. We're going to launch the Kit Editor, and I'd like to add the Light and Semi Bold Italic to our kit. We'll make sure that we Publish it so that the changes take effect. Now, notice that we have five Weights & Styles selected.
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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

Working with more than four styles in Typekit

Now that we've fixed the size and spacing on the text, this page looks pretty good. We could leave it as it is and call it done, but I'd like to take advantage of the various weights and styles available for Calluna. So let's go back to Typekit. We're going to launch the Kit Editor, and I'd like to add the Light and Semi Bold Italic to our kit. We'll make sure that we Publish it so that the changes take effect. Now, notice that we have five Weights & Styles selected.

This is going to cause problems with Internet Explorer, which only recognizes up to four Weights & Styles per font, but Typekit has a workaround for this problem. Scroll down and click on the Using weights & styles in CSS, and we're going to want to click on the variation-specific font-family names here at the bottom. And you can see that each weight and style now has a specific font-family name associated with it. So let's look at calluna Regular, calluna-n4, which stands for normal style, not italic, and 4 is for 400.

I'm going to select that, and copy it, and we're going to need to put these variation-specific font-family names into our CSS. Back into our editor, the universal selector, we can add calluna-n4, and then keep the regular calluna, georgia, serif, with a font-weight of 400. Now, we're going to have to use this anytime we make a change, including using italics, bolds, or the light version.

So let's go ahead and select this whole line, I'm going to copy it, and in the h1, I would like to use the light version; make it a little bit lighter. So I add the font-family, and now I'll call it n3, normal style, 300 weight, and then I also have to add a line called font-weight: 300, so that the h1 will come in at the 300 weight. We also need to add a variation-specific font-family name any time we use the italic.

And we'll change calluna-n4 to i4 for italic in the tagline, and in the em, and in the quote. Now let's go back and make sure we do the same for our bolds. Our h4 uses a 700 weight, so I'll change that to n7. And the same is true with our strong; uses an n7, 700 weight.

So that should be good, and let's save this, and re-upload it to the server, and let's reload that. Nice! So we can see that the main heading is now a little bit lighter, which is good. Even when you're using a regular weight font, when it gets this big, it can sometimes feel a little bit bold. We can particularly see that over here where it says Save the Date, how Save the Date feels like it's a little bold, even though it's not, and that's because it's so large.

In fact, I'm thinking we should go in and make the Save the Date and Around Town headings also in the 300 weight. And the other thing I'd like to do is we haven't used the Semi Bold Italic yet, and I'd like to use that here in this sentence for the Bay Road businesses. We could just use a regular bold italic, but I think it would be a little too heavy, and since we have the Semi Bold, we might as well use it. So let's go back into our TextWrangler, and for our h3, that is our Save the Date heading, let's make that and an n3, so it's a 300 weight.

And then we have to add the font-weight: 300, and then down in the strong, where we're currently using a bold weight to set the sentence about the Bay Road businesses, let's turn that into an Italic Semi Bold. We'll change the font-weight to 600 and the font-style to italic. I'm going to save this, and then I'm just going to double-check that 600 is the correct weight for that semi bold, because different fonts use different numbers for semi bold.

Semi Bold Italic is 600, so it's perfect. Go back into TextWrangler, double check that I've used an italic 600 for Semi Bold Italic, and I have. I can save this. I'm going to drag my Calluna page back over to my server, and let's reload that, and there we go. So the Save the Date is now a little bit less bold. It looks more like the regular size; that's nice.

We can see here the sentence about the Bay Road businesses being opened during construction is slightly bolder than the text, and its italic. So everything looks good, and since we used the variation-specific font-families, the light headings and the Semi Bold Italic sentence will show up on Internet Explorer.

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