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Choosing web fonts: 15 expert tips

Choosing web fonts: 15 expert tips
Over the last few years, the possibilities for using type on the web have expanded enormously. In the bad old days of the web, designers were restricted to a few 'web safe' fonts, which meant everything looked pretty much the same, or using images to replace the type – a clunky solution that caused problems for the reader and technical problems in the browser. Nowadays, though, you can access an astonishing array of professional typefaces for use on your sites, bringing the aesthetics of print design to the web. Since around 2010, widespread support of @font-face in all the major browsers, plus a new web open font format, WOFF, has led to a technical revolution and the rise of a number of web font hosting services. Tim Brown is the type manager at Typekit. 01. 02. Once free from traditional 'web safe' fonts like Verdana and Georgia, make design choices based on the typefaces you use. 03. The web may move at lightning speed, but quality typesetting requires lots of patience. 04. 05. 06. Related:  Web design

Google fonts : tests de lisibilité Avant d’utiliser les polices proposées par Google dans le Google font directory, j’ai décidé de les tester une par une, sur OS-X et sur Windows afin d’évaluer leur lisibilité. Cet article propose un récapitulatif des résultats sous forme de pdf téléchargeable gratuitement (Français/Anglais) ainsi qu’une analyse détaillée… Webdesign et typographie 2010 aura incontestablement été l’année de la typographie sur le web. Le nombre de services dédiés (ou non d’ailleurs) à l’usage de polices sur le web (via @font-face) a explosé ces derniers mois (Typekit, FontDeck, Typotheque, FontsLive, Fontspring, TypeFront,, Ascender fonts, Kernest, Webink etc.) c’est un véritable raz-de marée d’outils au service du travail typographique sur le web. Dans ce que je peux comprendre du travail typographique d’un webdesigner, la base d’un caractère de labeur c’est avant tout d’être lisible sur plusieurs résolutions, systèmes d’exploitation, dans différents corps de texte etc. Evaluation de la lisibilité

7 great widgets to transform your website in 2015 Do you ever visit a website and wonder how it got all of those amazing 'extras' to work? The booking form, the calendar, or even the weather display? Many people assume that these kinds of bells and whistles require a web developer to put in place. But these days it's usually as simple as copying and pasting some text. Taking advantage of these tools can engage your visitors, offer valuable insights, and make a simple site much more functional. Subscription offer What are widgets? Applications that are embedded into the body of websites are called widgets. A widget adds functionality to your site by outsourcing the development of the application to a coder, instead of every site owner having to program it themselves. Let's take a look at some favourites... 01. It's no secret that email marketing is a cost-effective way of increasing conversion, sales, and brand awareness for your business, so definitely take advantage of it with either MailChimp or INinbox. 02. 03. 04. 05. 06. 07. Conclusion

Getting Started - Google Fonts This guide explains how to use the Google Fonts API to add fonts to your web pages. You don't need to do any programming; all you have to do is add a special stylesheet link to your HTML document, then refer to the font in a CSS style. A quick example Here's an example. Then open the file in a modern web browser. Making the Web Beautiful! That sentence is ordinary text, so you can change how it looks by using CSS. You should now see a drop shadow under the text: And that's only the beginning of what you can do with the Fonts API and CSS. Overview You can start using the Google Fonts API in just two steps: Add a stylesheet link to request the desired web font(s): Style an element with the requested web font, either in a stylesheet: or with an inline style on the element itself: For a list of fonts you can use, see Google Fonts. Specifying font families and styles in a stylesheet URL To determine what URL to use in your stylesheet link, start with the Google Fonts API base URL: For example:

10 new web tools to add to your armoury New year, new tools. That's what they say. Isn't it? Anyway, regardless of who says what, we've rounded up some of the niftiest web design tools that have generated a bleep on our radar recently. There's a range of interesting utilities here to help you get to grips with Material Design; work with SVG; develop web apps; communicate with colleagues; and make colour palettes, backgrounds, UI elements and plenty more. There's bound to be at least one tool here that will help you to do something in a quicker, simpler way. 01. Last summer one of the big announcements to come out of Google I/O was Material Design, a methodology for making web app designs work across desktop, tablet and mobile. Material Palette is a tool for creating colour palettes in the Material style. An example interface is built to show you how the palette looks in action, and it is downloadable in CSS, SASS, LESS, SVG, XML and PNG. 02. Subscription offer 03. 04. 05. snabbt.js Next page: 5 more web tools

Medidas de la pantalla y resolución de teléfonos celulares y tabletas Tamaño de la pantalla, ancho y altura en pixeles, resoluciones, PPI, densidad, sistema operativo que usan y otros datos y especificaciones técnicas de los principales móviles Smartphone y tablets del mercado. Tablas con información de las principales características técnicas de la pantalla de los dispositivos portables más empleados en la actualidad. Las principales especificaciones físicas que nos pueden ayudar a decidirnos antes de comprar un dispositivo, para quedar completamente satisfechos. Datos útiles y necesarios para crear o diseñar las páginas web de forma tal que se muestren correctamente sus elementos en cualquier dispositivo portable. Tamaño y otros datos de las pantallas de los celulares La popularidad de los teléfonos y tabletas está determinada por los que usan los lectores para entrar a nuestro sitio web, no por su uso global. Tamaño y otros datos de las pantallas de las tabletas Términos técnicos usados Ancho/alto = Es la resolución de la pantalla.

The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, January 2015 - Eater Montreal Updated by Ian Harrison on Jan 8 2015, 1:02p The January 2015 Eater Montreal Heatmap welcomes a whopping eight new restaurants to the fold in the likes of Old Montreal, Saint-Henri, Downtown, and Westmount. Enjoy. The 15 Hottest Restaurants in Montreal, January 2015 1 Brasserie Harricana Brasserie Harricana is an homage to a bygone tavern in Amos, Quebec, that fell victim to a massive inferno in 2013. 95 Jean-Talon Ouest Montreal, QC H2R 2W8, Canada 2 Cirkus Toulouse native Julien Joré, formerly of Brunoise, 357c, Au Cinquième Péché and Au Petit Extra, is the owner and chef of this new restaurant in the old Pyrus Bistronomique. 1481 Laurier Est Montreal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada 3 Commerce The makeover of Bar & Boeuf from the MTL Cuisine restaurant group features a signature pub/wine bar menu from Pastaga owner and chef Martin Juneau. 500 McGill Montreal, QC H2Y 2H6, Canada 4 Harlow 438 Place Jacques Cartier Montreal, QC, Canada 5 Jatoba 1184 Place Phillips Montreal, QC H3B 3C8, Canada 6 Landry & Filles

Design Tip: Never Use Black by Ian Storm Taylor One of the most important color tricks I’ve ever learned was to avoid using the color black in my work. Mrs. Zamula, my childhood art teacher, first warned me about black when I was in middle school. Problem is, we see dark things and assume they are black things. Shadows aren’t black. In high school, I spent lots of my free time in the art room with a few other art-loving friends. I probably went through that book ten times. His shadows are some of the most saturated parts of his paintings, and that’s on the screen too. Now you might be thinking, “Yeah, but those are paintings. But I must have been thinking the same thing, because one of those days in art class Mrs. I was amazed. The corner of Chestnut and Polk. The darkest part of that image? Black overpowers everything else. When you put pure black next to a set of meticulously picked colors, the black overpowers everything else. Lots of the apps we use on a daily basis have blacks that aren’t really blacks, but dark grays. Mrs.

Ideal line length for content Date: 3 May 2003 Author: Russ Weakley Is there an ideal line length for content? To quote a passage from “Web Style Guide – Basic design principles for creating web sites”. The ideal line length for text layout is based on the physiology of the human eye… At normal reading distance the arc of the visual field is only a few inches – about the width of a well-designed column of text, or about 12 words per line. Research shows that reading slows and retention rates fall as line length begins to exceed the ideal width, because the reader then needs to use the muscles of the eye and neck to track from the end of one line to the beginning of the next line. If the eye must traverse great distances on the page, the reader is easily lost and must hunt for the beginning of the next line. The challenge I’d like to design a site that uses optimal line lengths. Layout methods Fixed-width columns can be used to set column widths that are ideal if users have their fonts set to browser defaults. A solution

Columnas, anchos de línea y legibilidad Los principales motivos por los que los usuarios leen mejor unas páginas que otras dependiendo de su formato de párrafos. Los usuarios leen más rápido los textos con renglones de tamaño medio (60-80 cpl), que los de renglones cortos o largos. También son los de tamaño medio sus preferidos. Ello, junto a que sólo los lectores avezados leen mejor en dos columnas de texto que en una, sugiere que sigue siendo acertado utilizar el modelo de maquetación basado en tres columnas de elementos: barra de navegación, texto y opciones secundarias respectivamente. Esa maquetación funciona aún mejor usando márgenes e interlineado y, para resoluciones de pantalla de tamaño medio, empleando un ajuste líquido, que abarque todo el ancho de pantalla . Un aspecto importante a la hora de maquetar los contenidos de un sitio web es decidir cómo se ha de presentar la información textual para que su comprensión y legibilidad sean máximas. El ancho de línea Número idóneo de columnas "Streamline the page design.