Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding and applying a good line length, part of Typography for Web Designers.
Line length and alignment affect readability.…People scan across lines of text and down lines of text at the same time.…If line length is too long, our eyes and brain have to work harder to follow…the whole line of text.…We have to fight against the natural inclination treat down at the same time.…It's also harder to keep our place in the text.…Long lines of text often result in something called doubling. That is, it results…the reading the same line of text over and over again, because the reader can't…keep track of where they are in the text.…
If you've ever how to read handouts for class or work, you may have had the…experience of reading a single column handout…versus a two-column handout.…Two column handouts feel much easier to read even if they have the same content,…because the shorter line lengths are easier for our eyes and brain to handle.…If line length is to short on the other hand, it can feel choppy and undermine…the rhythm of the text.…Short line lengths can also create really jagged ragged edges on the text.…
- 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 Appropriate for all
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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