Join Val Head for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how web fonts affect page weight, part of Responsive Typography Techniques.
…Responsive web design isn't just about making your…layouts flexible, it's also about considering overall performance.…To that end, the total weight of your page, and all the…assets you're downloading to create that…page, is an important consideration as well.…It sometimes feels odd to consider our choice in fonts…as affecting page weight and performance, but they most certainly do.…The file size of any given web font can vary greatly.…The total file…size of a web font is determined by things like the number of…characters included in that font, the…amount of hinting or instructions that describe…how those letter forms should be translated to the screen, and other things…like special characters or character variations…like ligatures, or swashes, and so on.…
So, it's no surprise that there's so much variation.…Each type designer, or type foundry, can decide on…which amounts of each of these things to include…in their own version of a font.…But how big are fonts really, when it comes to web design.…Here's a screenshot of a typekit kit of fonts that contains three fonts.…
- 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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