Aesthetic considerations for good looking table text
- [Voiceover] Tables need to be read in…two directions simultaneously,…so it's important to keep the design simple.…Even though it's a table, it still needs to be read.…Too frequently, we see tables that are…a cage of borders, rows, and columns…and look like data prisons.…Tables shouldn't be treated like a junk room,…where we just cram in as much stuff as possible…and then force the door shut.…For a comprehensive look at InDesign tables,…checkout InDesign Tables in Depth by Diane Burns…here in the Lynda.com training library.…
I'm just going to mention a few aesthetic considerations…when working with tables.…Firstly, choose an appropriate font.…Let me zoom in on this table.…Table text is typically one or two points smaller…than body text, so condensed faces may be preferable…because they allow you to be more economical with space.…San serif faces with high x-heights and open counters,…like Helvetica, Univers, and Myriad,…because of their simplicity,…are more readable at small sizes than serif faces.…
Make sure your type face has tabular lining numerals.…
To get the most from this course, make sure to watch InDesign Typography Part 1.
- Text flow and text threading
- Placeholders and text frames
- Type alignment
- Indents, insets, and spacing
- Bullet and numbered lists
- Text wrap
- Formatting with styles
- Hyphenation and line breaks
- Combining typefaces
- White space and grids
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Text Flow
3. Indents, Insets, and Spacing
4. Typical Formatting Scenarios
5. Global Formatting with Styles
6. Controlling Text
7. Design Considerations
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