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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.
In this lesson we're going to develop a system of hierarchy for a bibliography with the serif font. Our goals are to create levels of hierarchy, retain legibility, and maintain the traditional elegant feeling we've been creating in the text. Also, I'd be open to incorporating a display font. A display font is a visually complex font not good for text, but good for display type or headlines, perhaps a script font to compliment Georgia. So we need to create three levels of hierarchy.
Since we're creating a traditional elegant look, let's try creating our three levels of headlines using only Georgia. I think it has too much similarity. And Georgia Bold feels a little too bubbly to me for an elegant page. We can try adding the bold Verdana we picked for the titles in the last chapter. But they are very strong hieratically. When I make the two levels of headings above the bold Verdana in caps, the headings get very big. Everything is out of proportion with the text.
Let's try swapping the H2 and H3 levels, since the bold Verdana caps are so happy and that's better. I was even able to reduce the size on what's now the H3. Since the H3s are titles, we can try italicizing them. It adds some contrast in the hierarchy while creating a connection to the titles in the text. We can bring in a script font for the main heading. I like Chopin Script which we looked at back when we did the Love/Hate lesson. It's very elegant, the contrast of forms helps create hierarchy, because it really stands out, and the script can get pretty big.
It doesn't look heavy, because of the delicate strokes. I think we found our headings. But first I want to try one more thing. Here I have used the Chopin Script for the resource names too. Sometimes when we find a beautiful and expressive font, we are tempted to use it more on the page. But here it does not work. Chopin Script doesn't retain legibility at small sizes. The capital letters are so complex they are hard to read. And reusing Chopin Script distracts us from the beauty of the font. The beauty of the font really stands out when we only used it for the H1.
We are better off using the Georgia Italic for the resource titles, and that's it. We've developed our three levels of hierarchy.
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