choose right font size

How to Choose Font Sizes

Helping students select the right font sizes could be a challenge. My sister is a graphic design professor and taught me a simple way to select font sizes. Graphic design students might find it a bit oversimplified but for high school students it works like a charm. I've also included the assignment I give after this assignment for those of you who want to understand how this works.

YouTube Video: How to Choose Font Sizes


The Edpuzzle Video: How to Change Font Sizes

This has some checkpoints built into it for those of you who want to understand how I use that tool. Remember that edpuzzle will also let you rip the original audio off and record it in your own voice for those of you who want to use my video and add your voice instead of mine.


A follow-up assignment to demonstrate learning

Note that I've already taught my students about the six basic font families: Old Style, Modern, Slab Serif, Sans Serif, Script, and Decorative. I don't share that video publicly because I lean heavily on The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams (not the comedian.) This book is so helpful when trying to explain basic graphic design to students or adults who need just enough to make their work look great but aren't in design school.

This lesson reviews font families and also helps them practice interpolating font sizes.

The Font Size Assignment

Based on what you learned in the Font Formula Video, you are going to use PowerPoint. Each slide will have the following:

  1. A Font Formula (you must use 6 different font formulas)
  2.  The name of the font you selected
  3. The name of the font family for that font
  4. Make the slide look similar to the one below where you show a Heading, a subheading, and a body typestyle. Draw arrows from the formula to the font size that you selected.
  5. Turn in the PowerPoint here. It should be six slides. Six different formulas. Six different font families and fonts.

A Sample Slide

font formula

This is a sample slide. Note that I don't require students to change the background color but they often want to make it look like mine. This is a simple follow up as well to PowerPoint skills as well but the focus is font families and font sizes and correct interpolation.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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