A Font, a Font, My Kingdom for a Font!

This has been an interesting week as I thought about type. I did spend a bit of time playing with Google fonts that you can download and insert into your webpage for free. One of the nice things about this app is that they provide an indicator to let you know whether using that combination of fonts will slow down the load time on your webpage. I identified several fonts, but am currently happy with the ones I’ve chosen. We’ll see if Dr. Petrik agrees! The other issue is whether you need to create a family of fonts?  If I use a font like “Alice” do I need to pair it with other fonts to create a font family?

I began working on my “Type” page this week. The Lynda.com video quickly walked me through the way to create new pages and I began inserting my paragraphs. I easily added a new image and my pull quote. But then there is a long list of other items I still am considering or have questions concerning. What to do about those pesky endnotes? I reread Paula’s article on footnotes – but have to agree am a little confused by how the different styles would appear on the website. I googled some other sources and found instructions by Christopher Heng, the self-described “site wizard,” on how to create the simple <sup> styled endnote with links so the reader doesn’t have to scroll up and down. However, Paula noted in her paper that this can cause visualization issues as well as problems if you forget to add the return link. As I mentioned in class, I was really interested in the hide/show version endnotes that pops the information out right in the text. Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton provided another use of this technique this week and also included very cool cursor options that caught my attention. After a little googling I did find instructions by Will Master on how to insert hide/show code into my site, although I have to admit the code may be too complicated for me to handle! The other problem with this method is that a visitor would not be able to print out your citations unless you created a separate citation page. So much to think and consider . . . I see hours of my life disappearing over this one issue! I also am not sure what we’re required to do with leading, line length and a rule, but I’m figuring we’ll learn about that in class on Monday.

I forgot to link my comments!  I commented on Pearl and Josh

5 thoughts on “A Font, a Font, My Kingdom for a Font!”

  1. I had a lot of fun with google fonts too, except I started to get overwhelmed. They were all merging together. It was also really hard for me to fight the urge to pick the cutest font ever instead of what is easy to read.

  2. Thanks for your post. This was really helpful. I looked up Christopher Heng’s site and found it to be very useful. I haven’t been working as intently on endnotes, but I found that he had a ton of fantastic information on his site. As I dug into it a bit more, I was able to find a number of really valuable tutorials covering a lot of different material. It’s definitely not a substitute for Lynda.com, but it provides a wealth of additional information. Thanks!

  3. Question regarding the with the link. You said there is a concern if you do not provide the return link. Why not get rid of that issue by having it open up in a new tab by declaring the target?

    If I am misunderstanding that issue please let me know, but doing the html this way is the same as clicking “open link in new window or tab” in WordPress.

  4. Whoa – way to go Alicia! I’m not quite there yet and still tracking down a good source to use on the new page!

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