Join Val Head for an in-depth discussion in this video Implementing a modular scale to create typographic hierarchy, part of Responsive Typography Techniques.
…In this tutorial, we'll be applying a modular scale to a sample page.…Modular scales much good until we actually apply them to something.…Modular scales add consistent hierarchy tier to your typography…by making your sizing decisions using numbers from the scale.…Typically you would spend a bit of time choosing which scale to use, but…for our example page I'll pick an…arbitrary and popular scale ratio for demonstration purposes.…For our example, we'll use the golden ratio of 1 to 1.618.…My favorite tool for coming up with this scale is modularscale.com.…
So let's head to our browser, and open it up to get our scale numbers.…The calculator at modularscale.com asks you for two numbers.…First, your ideal text size, and then another important number.…That second important number is optional, and…it will result in a double string scale.…I want to keep things simple for our first example, so…we'll just set our ideal text size as 16 pixels and…leave the other one blank for now.…In the ratio dropdown, I'll select the golden selection as the ratio…
- Deciding between self-hosted and hosted web fonts
- Sizing your type with pixels, ems, and rems
- Applying and choosing a typographic scale
- Creating a font stack
- Maintaining line lengths
- Using media queries to set natural typographic break points
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Comparing and Choosing Web Fonts
2. Establishing Rhythm in Your Typographic System
3. Creating Type Prototype Pages
Establishing the font stack7m 32s
4. Setting Type for Readability Across Screen Sizes
5. Helpful Online Tools and Scripts
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