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Resources for web typography

Posted in graphic design, web design by Dan on December 4, 2009

If you design for the web, having a knowledge of typography principles will make your designs more readable, clear, and balanced, and ultimately more effective in communication, even beyond the limits of the text itself. Typography is a broad and complex field in its own right, but a familiarity with its principles can go a long way. For the weekend, here are a few resources that will get you started.

This article gives a short introduction to web typography: “Web Design is 95% Typography.”

To get into the mechanics of typography, take a look at Jeff Croft’s slideshow, “Elegant Web Typography.”

Then read Mark Boulton’s “Five simple steps to better typography.” This is the first of a series of five articles; links to the other four are listed at the bottom of the page. Boulton is a very clear, precise writer, and this is a solid guide.

Finally, to really get into the details of typography, read the definitive guide by Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style. If you want to remain focused on the web, however, is an in-progress adaptation of Bringhurst’s classic that explains the same principles as they apply to web design: The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web.


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