Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding rule lines to improve chunking, part of Typography for Web Designers.
In this lesson, we're going to add rule lines to our sans serif bibliography.…First, I want to go over some of the things to think about when using rule lines.…Rule lines can be used to help chunk text for readers, but they should be used sparingly.…If you use a rule line for everything, they lose their power. We lose the strong…visual separation between sections, and instead we see a page of lines.…Also, when you create lines, use the principle of similarity.…If rule lines are meant to separate text into similar chunks of information, the…lines should look similar to each other.…
If we use lines that look too different from each other, they began to suggest…that each section is unique in some way.…Here, it looks like the second section is subordinate to the first, like it's a…subsection of the top section, but it's not.…Here the first section looks more like an introduction to the second section,…because the thick rule line below looks like it's the start of the main content,…like it's more important even though it's not.…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Where can I learn more about graphic design?
A: Discover more about this topic by visiting graphic design on lynda.com.
1. Using Fonts to Communicate the Meaning of a Word or Headline
2. Using Fonts for Text
3. Maximizing Readability
4. Visually Chunking Text
5. Shaping a Page Using Typography
6. Shaping a Traditional Typographic Page
7. Shaping a Modernist Typographic Page
8. Attending to the Typographic Details
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