Thank you to my colleagues who provided me with constructive feedback on my typography page! Following your comments, I created more subheads in order to fully utilize my heading font. I also put the names of the fonts used in the footer. I adjusted the line height and tightened up the body text a bit. The navigation bar is now left-justified and I attempted to make the navigation font bolder. After playing around with the CSS, I was able to make a subtle change to the font strength, and even after putting in extreme amounts (like 1000000px) there still was not a dramatic change. Perhaps the font family does not lend itself to looking especially bold? I removed the quotation marks from the pull and block quotes, and I italicized the titles of the journals and magazines in my references section when appropriate. The image from Frank Leslie’s Newspaper is now centered and larger, which I hope fixed the spacing/margin/padding issue.
If you couldn’t already tell, color is not something I’m particularly comfortable with when it comes to design. I tend to favor greys, blacks, and off-whites – all the neutrals. Neutrals are always a safe choice, though they are bland and unexciting. I’m not skilled at understanding when and where bold colors are necessary, or when it’s okay to have a pop of color. My idea of being “bold” with color is using that shade of green for the rulers in my typography page and on the navigation bar. Perhaps part of my problem is that I can’t seem to figure out which colors to use in my project. All of the sources I’ve looked at so for for the Capitol Disaster are newspaper articles and microfilm, all of which are in black and white. The scarce number of documents I’ve been able to look at online are also, unsurprisingly, black and white. I have no sense of what a good color palette would be for my project. What colors do you think of when you think of the 1870s?
Williams’ definitions of complementary colors, primary and secondary triads, split complements, analogous colors, and the differentiation between shades, hues, tints, and tones definitely made up for all of the art classes that I did not take. I especially liked her tips on steering away from using too many warm colors and her suggestion to stick with a RGB color scheme on the web. Golombisky & Hagen’s chapter was also useful in learning more about color, illustration, and images. I never understood the difference between JPGs, PNGs, GIFs, and SVGs. If I want an image to be transparent, I should save it as a GIF or PNG, but never a JPG. I found the section on photo alternatives to be particularly helpful to me, since my project focuses on 1870 and unfortunately none of my primary sources are photographs. I am a bit overwhelmed by all of the options listed by Creative Bloq. I had no idea any of those tools existed! For those of you that have tested them out, are there any that you especially like?
So I think that for the rest of this week and weekend I need to think about my project, decide what colors are suitable, and sit down with all of the color tools and determine my color palette.