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The main project for this course is a list of typography resources I highly recommend. I did this purposely to introduce you to books and web sites on typography before you even got to the end of this course. But I'd like to take a moment to share some of my favorite resources. Even as an experienced typographer, I still like to be reminded of how other excellent, engaged typographers think about and use type. For this there is no better web site than ilovetypography.com.

Additional resources

The main project for this course is a list of typography resources I highly recommend. I did this purposely to introduce you to books and web sites on typography before you even got to the end of this course. But I'd like to take a moment to share some of my favorite resources. Even as an experienced typographer, I still like to be reminded of how other excellent, engaged typographers think about and use type. For this there is no better web site than ilovetypography.com.

It inspires me every time and John Boardley is a great typographer. You can trust his advice. As a web typographer I find A List Apart keeps me on my toes, moving forward in my field. Nicewebtype.com keeps me informed, because Tim Brown is great at compiling everything that comes his way about typography, and he knows type. You can trust his advice too. FontSquirrel and Google web fonts keep me abreast of free fonts, which is important to my students.

They're both on top of the font linking technology. Hues Hub helps me pick my colors, HTML Dog keeps me going at 3 am when I can't for the life of me remember simple syntax, and browsershots.org allows me to test typographic methods across 80 browsers, when I've only got three on my Mac laptop. I visit most of these sites at least once a week and I cannot recommend them highly enough. But if you're interested in learning more about typographic theory, that is why type works the way it does and how to be a better typographer.

and the sites I just mentioned leave you wanting more. I'd recommend any and all of the books listed on the Typography Resources page you built. There is only one exception. Ben Shahn's book is an art book. It's out of print and it's very expensive. It's about his lifelong love of letters and while it's one of my personal favorites, it might not be what you're looking for. But if you want a book on the basics, Designing With Type, A Type Primer, and Thinking with Type are all classics.

I refer to them again and again. If I had to pick one to recommend that you read first, I'd pick Ellen Lupton's Thinking with Type, only because it goes out of its way to include web typography and it has a few more visual examples. So you might be able to find more of the connection with it than the others more immediately. If you're looking for something more poetic, I would recommend The Elements of Typographic Style. It will remind you of the power of typography. I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing my love of typography with you through this class.

I hope you keep learning about type and how to use it on the web. This is an exciting time to be a web designer. We are the newest practitioners of a very old art form. Visualizing ideas and information through letters, words, and text is a powerful skill and an awesome responsibility. Congratulations!

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Typography for Web Designers

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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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