Join Laura Franz for an in-depth discussion in this video Using ems to set line length, part of Typography for Web Designers.
It's time to find a good line length for our sans serif bibliography.…If a line length is too long, our eyes and brain have to work harder to follow…the whole line of text.…Readers can end up reading the same line of text over and over again.…On the other hand when text lines are too short, the lines can feel choppy and…undermine the rhythm of the text.…A recommended line length for text on the Web is about 75 to 85 characters per line.…
So let's take a look at our PT Sans set at 79 characters per line.…The right ragged edge is more jagged than I'd like to see it.…There is quite a discrepancy between the long and short lines in the text, so…this line length may not work for us.…I don't want to go any longer because this is a list of resources we are…working with and each resource only has one short paragraph.…I'm concerned about the text looking too horizontal, even if the line length is…within range for readability.…
So let's try going a little shorter.…Here the line length is 74 characters. The text block feels better.…
- 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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