Join Val Head for an in-depth discussion in this video Solution: Create a font stack, part of Responsive Typography Techniques.
…Let me show you what I came up with for our challenge.…The font stack I came up with was Quicksand, Arial Rounded MT Bold, which is…quite a mouthful, then Arial, Helvetica, and of course, at last resort, sans-serif.…So let me show you how I came up with that.…So I started by viewing our example page…in the browser and using the fallback bookmark clip.…In the section for Quicksand, I tried out a few possible options.…First I…thought of Arial, which actually isn't a bad match because it…has similar X heights and similar heights on the caps as well.…
It's just a little thicker and not spaced out as much, but not bad.…But that's definitely going to be in my font stack somewhere.…I also tried Arial Rounded MT Bold.…Which is an odd one but a system font none the less.…That ones much thinker than my web font but the personality is similar.…So I thought it made sense to keep it closer to the top of my font stack.…And then of course for anything that didn't have…Arial Rounded MT bold or Arial, I included Helvetica.…
- 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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