Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing web-safe fonts to convey meaning , part of Typography for Web Designers.
Fonts must either be on a reader's computer or linked from another source to…display correctly in a browser.…Fonts that we can expect to be on most computers so they display correctly are…called web-safe fonts.…There are a handful of web-safe fonts. If you stick with these fonts, you can…expect them to load correctly in the browser, because most computers have them installed.…They are Times New Roman, Georgia, Courier, Trebuchet MS, Arial, Comic Sans, …Verdana, and Impact.…
Only five of these fonts are what I call neutral. They don't hit us over the…head and say things like, "Hey, I look like I was typed on a typewriter!"…Of these, three are more legible than the others, due to X-height and space in…and around the letterforms.…So, web-safe fonts can feel a little constricting.…Personally, I love the creative freedom of linking fonts into my web pages.…in fact, I do it on my own homepage.…Linking web fonts can add variety of forms and can also add a layer of…meaning into the design.…
For example, some of my research is related to old signs and the environment,…
- 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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