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47 Top Typography Tools and Resources

47 Top Typography Tools and Resources
Typography is the foundation of design on the web. Back in 2006, designer and founder of iA Oliver Reichenstein even went so far as to proclaim "web design is 95% typography." It's imperative, then, to have a thorough, grounded education in optimizing and utilizing typography to create a balanced, harmonious, accessible hierarchy of content, when working on the web. To help you improve and learn more about typography, we have compiled 25 useful tools and resources, from fundamentals to modular scales. Have we left out your favorite typography tool or resource? 1. Founded in 2008, Typekit offers a library of fonts, from old classics to new favorites, which can be used on the web. The browsing interface is well organized. 2. Recently acquired by Monotype, Typecast provides a platform to quickly style type in the browser and check for readability, rendering and beauty as you work. 3. Typetester was launched back in 2005, and is still a useful tool today. 4. 5. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

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Emacs Releases | Supported Platforms | Obtaining Emacs | Documentation | Support | Further information GNU Emacs is an extensible, customizable text editor—and more. At its core is an interpreter for Emacs Lisp, a dialect of the Lisp programming language with extensions to support text editing. The features of GNU Emacs include: Content-sensitive editing modes, including syntax coloring, for a variety of file types including plain text, source code, and HTML.Complete built-in documentation, including a tutorial for new users.Full Unicode support for nearly all human languages and their scripts.Highly customizable, using Emacs Lisp code or a graphical interface.A large number of extensions that add other functionality, including a project planner, mail and news reader, debugger interface, calendar, and more. Releases The current stable release is 24.4 (released October 20, 2014; see also dates of older releases). Emacs 24 has a wide variety of new features, including: Supported Platforms Support

Compose to a Vertical Rhythm “Space in typography is like time in music. It is infinitely divisible, but a few proportional intervals can be much more useful than a limitless choice of arbitrary quantities.” So says the typographer Robert Bringhurst, and just as regular use of time provides rhythm in music, so regular use of space provides rhythm in typography, and without rhythm the listener, or the reader, becomes disorientated and lost. On the Web, vertical rhythm – the spacing and arrangement of text as the reader descends the page – is contributed to by three factors: font size, line height and margin or padding. The basic unit of vertical space is line height. Establishing a suitable line height The easiest place to begin determining a basic line height unit is with the font size of the body copy. There are many ways to size text in CSS and the above approach provides and accessible method of achieving the pixel-precision solid typography requires. Spacing between paragraphs Variations in text size Headings

21 Ways To Get Visual Ideas Sharebar When you’re stuck, in a rut or brain drained, it’s hard to be creative on demand. Here are some resources that may give you ideas and strategies for approaches to visual design. You may find inspiration for designing an entire course, a title screen, a job aid or a way to make an abstract concept concrete. 1. Look through the portfolios of designers and artists at these sites, which serve as platforms to showcase creative work and collections. 2. Browse online and print magazines to observe the layout, typography and ideas used in advertisements. 3. 4. 5. Certain audiences and content lend themselves to a retro or vintage look. 6. Real infographics (not infoposters) could be used more frequently to facilitate learning. 7. Even if you don’t plan on creating motion graphics, animations can show effective ways to visualize concepts. 8. 9. Search stock photo sites and image galleries for concepts that have you stumped. 10. There’s so much to learn about type. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

Modular Scale Illusions in Data Visualization Data visualizations are effective ways for inputting information into a human’s brain, and as Visual Analytics Researcher at Tableau Software and advisor Robert Kosara says, visualizations are what makes our world real. But even when the people who created the visualization are being honest, we can’t always trust what our eyes are showing us. We’ve evolved our visual perceptual system over millions of years (some other animals see optical illusions too) and it is extremely effective at what it does, but it still has some quirks. Sometimes it takes shortcuts to make things efficient, and those shortcuts are exposed in optical illusions. In a data visualization context, illusions are dangerous because they can make us see things that aren’t really there in the data. Good practice helps us to avoid these optical illusions, but occasionally they can still sneak in through design choices, or just quirks in the way data lines up. Physiological Cognitive

The Art Of Timelines For Learning Sharebar Click for large version on Wikipedia Now that infographics have entered our consciousness, we no longer need to think of timelines as events placed on a generic horizontal arrow. I recently wrote an article about the visual language of timelines, which got me thinking about how we can use them effectively in adult learning. Why use timelines? Timelines provide structure. Timelines enable chunking. Timelines are a good source for interactions. What topics work with timelines? Here are a few possible categories of topics that can work in a timeline format. Evolution of a company productChanges in relevant regulationsProgression of industry eventsExplaining a linear process or procedureHistory of a company or organizationEvents in the life of an influential personSocial changes and trends over timeGrowth or history of technologies in an industryTelling any kind of story in sequenceHistory of a relevant city, town or region What are some examples of timelines? So glad you asked.

The Visual Language of Timelines Time is often considered to be a subjective experience—it seems to pass quickly or it drags on and on. Structuring time with timelines, however, provides a sense of stability and objectivity. It’s a way to give temporal events a framework so we can show how occurrences relate to each other. Essentially, timelines provide a way to tell a story. Elements of Timeline Language To understand a graphical timeline, the viewer needs to understand both its conventional and novel visual language. A way to depict the trajectory or path of time (conventionally, these run left to right or top to bottom)Elements that define each point or segment of time (often a line or shape)Elements that define each event (text and/or graphic)Text labels and call-outs (used on the trajectory and elsewhere) Timeline Examples As visualizations grow in popularity, timelines use ever more creative visual language to communicate through shape, color, movement and imagery. 3D Spiral Timeline Highly Interactive Timeline

Color Hex - Using Digital Media to Enhance Educational Transfer Note: This is cross posted at Smart Blog on Education. Educational transfer is the point of education, right? If students can’t use what we’ve taught them in new, real-life situations, then we end up with students who are good at school and bad at life. Recent research from National Academies Press reminds us that one of the best ways to promote transfer is to balance students’ cognitive load while they consume or create multimedia. Every time students are presented with a new idea or situation, the following three processes happen simultaneously: · Extraneous processing – This type of processing handles all of the “extra stuff” that occurs within a situation. · Essential processing – This is the processing that is directly related to the task at hand. · Generative processing – This is the most important type of processing. In today’s digitally enhanced world, we often ask students to create or consume something rooted in multimedia. 1.Use words in a conversational style. 3.

Dear NASA: No More Rainbow Color Scales, Please Dear NASA, The visualization community has noticed your insistence on using rainbow color scales for representing continuous data. This is a plea to you (and anyone else doing the same thing) to stop. On the surface, the logic behind using a rainbow color scale makes sense: the more colors there are, the easier you would expect it to be to see detail in a huge range of data. Colorblind people cannot use them. (source) Now, to be fair to you, NASA, you have been releasing many more images with good color scales than images with rainbows. So, NASA (and everyone else): please keep moving in the right direction and use color scales responsibly. Sincerely, Drew Skau Drew Skau is a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC, with an undergraduate degree in Architecture.

Presentation design blog Idea Transplant Creating Animations in PowerPoint to Support Student Learning and Engagement Key Takeaways Judicious use of animation can support teaching goals and further engage students in classroom presentations. PowerPoint, although one of the most frequently used presentation programs around, is rarely used to its full advantage by faculty. Creating custom animations in PowerPoint is easy with a few pointers and some practice. Multimedia software has become an essential part of today's teaching and learning process. While many interactive multimedia software programs certainly exist, PowerPoint is one the most widely available and used programs today. Figure 1. Animations Can Engage Student Interest The use of animations is becoming increasingly widespread in many educational presentations. Lowe5 proposed potential advantages of animated graphics over static graphics with regard to the cognitive aspects of learning. More informative Closer to the characteristics of the subject matter More explicit More explanatory Clearer Creating Effective Animations for Teaching Figure 2.