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Typography for Web Designers
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Downloading web fonts


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Typography for Web Designers

with Laura Franz

Video: Downloading web fonts

When linking to a font with the @font- face syntax, the first thing we need to do is get a hold of the font files we want to link to. The fonts we want to download for use are BlackJack, Gesso, and Daela. Font Squirrel makes downloading and linking to fonts extremely easy. First you find the font you want to download. First is BlackJack. And then you click on the @font-face kit, and you need to choose your font formats.
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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

Downloading web fonts

When linking to a font with the @font- face syntax, the first thing we need to do is get a hold of the font files we want to link to. The fonts we want to download for use are BlackJack, Gesso, and Daela. Font Squirrel makes downloading and linking to fonts extremely easy. First you find the font you want to download. First is BlackJack. And then you click on the @font-face kit, and you need to choose your font formats.

Select all four of them. The TTF is for most browsers. The EOT is for Internet Explorer. The WOFF is the emerging standard and the SVG is for iPhones and iPads. You can click on download and save the file. Unzip it, and we'll see the whole folder here. They give us everything we need. We have our four fonts. We have a demo.html, the CSS, and licensing information.

I always take a look at the demo.html to make sure it's working and we can see that it is. Excellent. We need to put our fonts into a fonts folder, so we can use it in our future exercises. We are going to do that at the Desktop level. I am going to create a new folder, I am going to name it fonts, and I'm going to move these four files over into my fonts folder.

So I have these four fonts in there. I also like to keep my licensing information there as well, okay. And then I am going to keep my @font-face kit folder here that just has the HTML and CSS in it, because I am going to need that later. Let's go back to Font Squirrel and download the other fonts we need. There is also a search function up here. I know I need Gesso.

Download the @font-face kit. While I am here I will also get Daela. Download the @font-face kit, making sure all four of those are selected, and then we can begin the process of getting them into my fonts folder. Here is Daela. I am going to double- check my demo.html to make sure everything is working fine, and it is.

You can see it comes also with an italic and a bold. We're not going to use those. Let's see. I've got bolds here. We don't want those. We just want the book. Put those over in my fonts folder, as well as my license, and we'll keep this @font-face kit for the next lesson, and we'll take a look at Gesso.

Again, I am double-checking and making sure it worked. Seems like an extra step, but that way if anything goes wrong in the future, you know that there is something that happened between when you got the font and you started using it. My license, I always keep my licenses. That way if I need to ever double- check and make sure I'm following the license, I've got it. I don't even have to go get it again. Let's get rid of these ZIP files here. Okay, so we've downloaded the three fonts that we need.

We've double-checked to make sure that we've got everything that we need, they are working fine when we downloaded them, and we have all of the fonts that we need in our font's folder, along with the license files. In the next lesson we are going to put them to use.

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