Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing a second web-safe font for the heading, part of Typography for Web Designers.
If you have picked a font that looks good both big and small and has a bold and…an italic, your text can be set beautifully and only one font.…But a second front adds variety to the page and gives us more options for hierarchy.…The trick to choosing a second font is to find a balance between similarity and contrast.…So far we've been working with the text set in Georgia, but let's look at…choosing a second font for the heading.…We are still working with our workhorse web-safe fonts, no font linking.…
We are trying to create a traditional elegant look. So Impact, Comic Sans and…Courier are out, and Times New Roman is too similar.…If two fonts are too similar, they aren't a good choice to use together. They are…like two shades of a color that don't quite match, but feel like they should.…That leaves us with our Arial, Trebuchet, and Verdana.…They have more contrast with the text.…Now that we found the contrasting web fonts, we will look at Similarity.…A good second font continues to work with the feeling you're trying to convey.…
- 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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