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Typography for Web Designers

Adding and applying the second font to the heading


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Typography for Web Designers

with Laura Franz

Video: Adding and applying the second font to the heading

Adding a second font from Google web fonts is a matter of cutting and pasting syntax. There are a couple of tricky things to think about, like where to paste the syntax and how to set the font stack. We will cover these as we go through the lesson. You will see our font family for the page is currently PT Sans. All text is the same size. The only difference is that heading is bold. We are going to change our main heading to our second font, Droid Serif. We'll also remove the bold and increase the size. Go to Google web fonts and find your second font, Droid Serif.
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  1. 6m 18s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 57s
    3. Things to consider before starting this course
      3m 12s
  2. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding how good typography promotes reading
      2m 9s
    2. Understanding legibility
      4m 41s
    3. Understanding how fonts convey meaning
      5m 19s
    4. Choosing web-safe fonts to convey meaning
      6m 13s
    5. Using font size, case, style, letter spacing, weight, and color to convey meaning
      6m 22s
    6. Choosing web fonts to convey meaning
      6m 23s
    7. Downloading web fonts
      4m 9s
    8. Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
      5m 47s
  3. 38m 0s
    1. Choosing a web-safe font for use in text
      4m 13s
    2. Applying the web-safe font to the text and the heading
      3m 4s
    3. Setting a class for the resource titles in the text
      3m 45s
    4. Choosing a second web-safe font for the heading
      2m 42s
    5. Applying the second font to the heading
      2m 16s
    6. Choosing a web font from the Google Font API for use in text
      5m 44s
    7. Adding and applying the Google Font API syntax
      4m 29s
    8. Choosing a second web font from the Google Font API for the heading
      2m 56s
    9. Adding and applying the second font to the heading
      4m 52s
    10. Analyzing the fonts on some professional sites
      3m 59s
  4. 55m 31s
    1. Understanding how we read
      4m 34s
    2. Finding and applying a good font size and line height
      4m 50s
    3. Finding and applying a good line length
      8m 6s
    4. Understanding ems
      6m 17s
    5. Using ems to set font size
      6m 9s
    6. Using ems to set line length
      3m 40s
    7. Understanding how color affects readability
      3m 58s
    8. Improving a color palette by improving contrast
      5m 39s
    9. Improving a color palette by reducing optical vibration
      4m 59s
    10. Analyzing text readability on the professional sites
      7m 19s
  5. 1h 11m
    1. Understanding how we "chunk" visual elements
      3m 59s
    2. Developing a system of hierarchy
      2m 17s
    3. Applying hierarchy in HTML and CSS
      7m 16s
    4. Developing a system to help chunk text for readers
      6m 1s
    5. Applying the system in the CSS
      4m 19s
    6. Changing an element by creating and applying a class
      5m 0s
    7. Using multiple columns to create hierarchy
      4m 12s
    8. Building a two-column system in HTML and CSS
      10m 56s
    9. Refining the horizontal space in a two-column layout
      6m 1s
    10. Adding rule lines to improve chunking
      5m 50s
    11. Adding emphasis within a heading
      4m 36s
    12. Analyzing the chunking on the professional sites
      11m 18s
  6. 17m 57s
    1. Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
      7m 3s
    2. Understanding how to create rhythm and tension
      6m 0s
    3. Applying typography skills when making design decisions
      4m 54s
  7. 55m 47s
    1. Designing typographic links for the traditional page
      5m 54s
    2. Adding a list of links to the traditional page
      8m 44s
    3. Describing the link states in CSS
      6m 30s
    4. Returning links to their original "unvisited" style
      2m 38s
    5. Using different CSS for different kinds of links
      7m 28s
    6. Using CSS notation to organize syntax
      5m 34s
    7. Choosing a background color or image
      4m 0s
    8. Applying a repeating background image
      2m 58s
    9. Shaping the traditional page layout
      6m 38s
    10. Analyzing the traditional typographic elements on the professional sites
      5m 23s
  8. 43m 0s
    1. Designing typographic links for the modernist page
      6m 47s
    2. Making a list of links run across the page
      2m 14s
    3. Adding and removing space between the navigation links
      6m 50s
    4. Styling the inline links on the modernist page
      5m 33s
    5. Choosing a background color or image for the modernist bibliography
      4m 4s
    6. Applying a no-repeat background image
      4m 13s
    7. Shaping the modernist page layout
      6m 58s
    8. Analyzing the modernist typographic elements on the professional sites
      6m 21s
  9. 52m 53s
    1. Fixing quotation marks and apostrophes
      6m 59s
    2. Fixing dashes
      6m 33s
    3. Working with lining figures (numbers) and acronyms
      9m 28s
    4. Fixing characters that don't look right
      8m 19s
    5. Hanging punctuation
      2m 54s
    6. Applying typographic accents
      2m 36s
    7. Vertically centering text
      5m 18s
    8. Creating drop caps
      5m 59s
    9. Analyzing the typographic details on the professional sites
      4m 47s
  10. 3m 9s
    1. Additional resources
      3m 9s

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Typography for Web Designers
6h 25m Appropriate for all Jul 14, 2011

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Learn how to choose fonts for a web site and create beautiful, legible type. Author Laura Franz shares how to create designs that maximize readability (and keep visitors on the page) by paying attention to details in size, line-height, line length, alignment, color, vertical space, and more. Laura also demonstrates how to incorporate web fonts, style type with CSS, and pick fonts that work well together.

Topics include:
  • Understanding how good typography promotes reading
  • Choosing web-safe fonts
  • Applying web fonts in CSS with @font-face
  • Adding and applying the Google Fonts syntax
  • Finding and applying a good font size, line height, and line length
  • Improving a color palette by improving contrast and reducing optical vibration
  • Understanding how people mentally organize, or chunk, visual elements
  • Applying a system of hierarchy in HTML and CSS
  • Applying vertical spacing in CSS
  • Adding emphasis within a heading
  • Understanding classic and modernist typographic pages
  • Adding a list of links
  • Creating drop caps
  • Fixing quotation marks, apostrophes, and dashes
Subjects:
Typography Web Web Design Web Fonts Web Foundations
Software:
TextWrangler
Author:
Laura Franz

Adding and applying the second font to the heading

Adding a second font from Google web fonts is a matter of cutting and pasting syntax. There are a couple of tricky things to think about, like where to paste the syntax and how to set the font stack. We will cover these as we go through the lesson. You will see our font family for the page is currently PT Sans. All text is the same size. The only difference is that heading is bold. We are going to change our main heading to our second font, Droid Serif. We'll also remove the bold and increase the size. Go to Google web fonts and find your second font, Droid Serif.

Command+F on a Mac, Droid Serif. We can click on it to choose to use the font. Use this font and we will decide what variants we need. Right now I'm pretty sure we only need regular, so let's just use that. Triple click to select all the syntax and you can copy and let's go to HTML page. In the HTML page you want to add the Google web font syntax as the first item under your head.

You will notice we already have another font here as well. That's fine. They will work, as long as they're both the first items up under your head tag. Let's save this. Now we need to add the syntax into the CSS so that it will work and we will get that syntax back at the Google web fonts site. We can triple click to select the syntax and again we can copy it and go back in to our text editor. I am going to go to my CSS file this time and I am going to go ahead and replace my h1.

The only thing that was there before was font-weight: bold which actually wasn't even necessary because the default for an h1 one is bold. Now I have added my font family should be Droid Serif. Again notice it's in quotation marks because there is a space between the names of the font and we have a font stack here. We have Arial and Serif. Droid Serif is a serif font and then we've built this font stack that uses in san serif font and then a serif font and if I wanted this to be a traditional page I would probably change Arial to Georgia and keep all three of my fonts looking serif.

But this page I wanted to be more clean and modern, so I am actually going to keep Arial as my second font choice and change my last one here to sans-serif. That way Droid Serif doesn't work, my other Google web font, PT Sans, probably won't work either if there is a problem and so this way they have the exact same font stack and I can expect the same fonts to come in. I think it will work best. And we go ahead and save this and if I remember correctly we are going to make this a little bit bigger too. So let's do that now. font-size: 21px.

That'll really help it stand out. And then I want to get rid of that bold which is the default for an h1. So I will do a font-weight: normal. Now safe this I am going to review it in my browser and refresh this and there it is. I want to double-check my font stack decision though because I'm sort of making decisions here when I am not really looking at it. So I am going to back into my CSS and purposely going to break my fonts here.

I am going to add a couple of big old capital Xs there for my font families. When I do this the browser won't know what font to use and it will revert back to my font stack. Okay I am going to go ahead and save this, go back to the browser, I am going to refresh it again, and you can see they both change to Arial and I think that's a good decision that they would have the same font if there was any problem with the font stack. The size change between The Elements of Typographic Style there, our h1 and all the p text.

I think that's enough to give us some hierarchy for now, so we are going to go ahead and keep it as is. I think that was a really good decision, but I still need to go back and make sure I undo those Xs. Whenever I'm sort of fooling around with my syntax here, even though I know that I just fixed it, I always save it and review it in my browser again anyway, just to double-check and there we go. Everything is working great. You now have two web fonts working together. You have created contrast but not too much and both fonts are linked to font files on the Google font server and they are working. If something goes wrong with the web fonts you have got solid font stacks in place so the fonts won't develop to odd fonts, you know like dingbats or something.

So everything is working really well.

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