Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving a color palette by improving contrast, part of Typography for Web Designers.
Using color takes practice. A common mistake web designers make when using color…is using a too dark background with a too light text.…The contrast of value, that is light to dark, is just too great and the text…sparkles on the page and it's hard to focus on.…Remember, people read what interests them, but if we make the text too hard to read, …people won't read it, even if they're interested in it.…Let's look at changing the contrast to reduce the sparkle.…
We can start by lightening up the background, but now it's too light and the…text is getting lost in the background and it's hard to read.…We can darken the background a little and that works better.…If you want to continue working in black- and-white, this is a fine solution, but…you might not want to work in black-and-white.…You can replace the dark gray background with a gray brown color.…A subtle shift in hue can make a big difference in how a web page feels.…Let's add a color to the serif version of our bibliography.…
We haven't set any color yet. You can see it's just black and white.…
- 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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