A few typographic principles emerged during the chat last night. Here they are.
Unless you are a trained graphic designer:
- Do not use more than three fonts for any one project
- Never use display typefaces for text–choose fonts in the Book or Text category for your storybook app
- Use serif fonts for the main text of your project–a serif font is slightly easier to read than a san-serif font
- Use black text on a white background (or at least know that there should be a high level of contrast between the dark text and a light background)
- Left justify your text rather than full justifying it, and never right justify text
- Do not put drop shadows, outlines or other effects on text you want people to read. Ever!
- Don’t condense or extend your text artificially. Find and use the condensed or extended version of a typeface instead
- Use bold and italic sparingly
And last but not least: break these and other typographic rules only if you know what you are doing, and only for a very good reason! Check out the entire transcript above, complete with several links to typographic resources.
Remember, we get together every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Join us anytime!
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Those of us who create apps for kids often must wear a lot of hats. From time to time we need to slip into the role of writer, illustrator, coder, developer, marketing expert, educator, and entrepreneur. The role of graphic designer often gets overlooked, but it is an important role if you want your end product to be as professional and exciting as possible.
But typographer? Most of us won’t need to create our own typefaces for our apps, but a basic understanding of the world of letterforms is at least helpful. Have any of the following questions ever occurred to you:
- What size and color should my on-screen text be?
- What font should I use?
- What is the difference between legibility and readability?
- Which typefaces are easiest for kids to read?
- What is the difference between a typeface and a font?
Brooks (that’s me!) has some graphic design experience and is happy to share some links/knowledge on this subject. These and other burning questions (bring your own!) will be explored at the next #storyappchat on Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Lookin’ forward to seeing you!
P.S. In the meantime, you can take a look at the following resources I dug up for you.
Typography 101 from DesignShack
Type Basics Article at Mashable
Type Terminology at I Love Typography
Type Infographic at Fast Company
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