Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a background color or image, part of Typography for Web Designers.
Now that the text and links are worked out, we'll add a background color…or image to the page.…This will create an edge to our page, as well as add color and maybe even texture.…Looking for a background color, we want something traditional. Subtle.…Something that works with the color of the type and the color of the links.…Red is a traditional color in typography, but here it's too overwhelming.…The dark brown gray makes a nice contrast to the white page, crisp and elegant…like a tuxedo, but it might be too dark.…
If that felt to dark, we could lighten it up, but this feels too muddy to me.…We could bring in a totally different hue.…A nice warm, dull yellow feels luxurious.…This one has possibilities, though I'd want to tone it down some.…The dark brown gray also has possibilities, but I'd also like to try a…background image. A subtle elegant texture could make a nice contrast to the text.…We haven't been given an image to work with, so we're going to have to come up…with a generic image that needs some general guidelines.…
- 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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