Thoughts on Typography
I have never consciously considered the font of a webpage, paper, etc. in very much detail. I have fonts that I like and fonts that I dislike but in general my papers are written in Times New Roman, emails in Cambria and hand-outs for my 8th grade students in Calibri. When I’m feeling generous I might use Comic Sans. They are 8th graders after all.
I was blown away by the Errol Morris article, especially the anecdote about the student who got A’s on all of his papers written in Georgia. I began to thing about when I grade things for my students. It occurred to me that I do tend to have a moment of annoyance when they use “cute” or ridiculous fonts. Don’t even get me started on when they use every color of the rainbow or turn the background of their documents different colors.
Robin Williams’s Non-Designer’s Design Book also gave me much to think about. Websites are inherently visually based and it seems to me that the visuals on the page must be almost if not more appealing than the content of the website in order for a visitor to spend any time clicking through the information.
Writing a Website from Scratch
With that in mind, I began to code my portfolio page. I am frustrated that my lack of skills prevents me from creating a truly dynamic and visually engaging page, at least right now. It took me an embarrassingly long time to get the very simple page that I do have. I spent a lot of time at lynda.com and googling random tags of code to see what I needed to do. Most of my issues revolved around where things ended up. I tried to remember that the CSS page is where much of that magic happens but despite my best efforts, I could not for the life of me get my header to put my picture on the left and the title on the right.
I commented on Pearl’s blog.