After finishing this week’s lynda.com videos, I have mixed feelings (as usual). James Williamson gives us an in-depth look at typography with his videos, Web Fonts First Look. My duel emotions come from the confusion that I am coming to expect from this class when so much foreign information is thrown at me at once. Some of the information he gave us was a bit over my head. Conversely, I enjoyed the videos as they gave a brief history of webfonts, a wealth of new vocabulary terms, and detailed “how-to” instructions.
I understand that last week’s videos were a basic overview and this week we had a more in-depth look at web fonts specifically, but I feel like I may have had an easier time with Williamson last week over Franz. Perhaps it is because Franz took so much longer in her videos, therefor, giving me even more information that is hard to take in. Possibly Williamson was just easier to follow. It is hard to say.
Regardless, I was encouraged to note that liveview viewing of your fonts does not guarantee that it will look the same as the final product on the web. Indeed, I had assumed that I was doing something wrong last week when I was struggling to embed fonts into my portfolio and they kept disappearing in Dreamweaver. Of course, it is still quite possible that I was doing something wrong but now there’s a chance that this isn’t the case, something that is always reassuring. I also took several notes of things I would like to play around with both in a basic layout and on my portfolio page.