Font size and line height affect readability.…People use their central and peripheral vision to take in more than one word at a time.…But if text is too big, people can't take in more than one word at a time.…This slows down their reading.…And the other hand, if text is too small it's hard to read the words.…The trick is finding the best font size for the job.…The recommended size for text on a Web is 12 to 16 pixels.…
We have a range of sizes to work from, because not all fonts are the same.…Fonts with smaller x-heights look smaller;…fonts with bigger x-heights look bigger, even at the same size.…So finding the best font size depends on what front you're using.…Here is 12 pixel Georgia.…It's a little small.…It's got a relatively small x-height, so it should be set a little larger than…the smallest recommended size.…I would go with 13 pixels minimum, but I prefer 14 or even 15 pixels.…
If you're familiar with setting type size for print, these sizes might seem too large.…You're probably used to setting type at around nine points, but remember,…
- 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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