Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. It’s one of the canonical rules of the profession, in the same way that waiters know that the salad fork goes to the left of the dinner fork and fashion designers know to put men’s shirt buttons on the right and women’s on the left.
I wrote recently about re-evaluating the font I use here on the site, as well as some other design elements. Well let me show you what it looks like when you know what you’re doing.
This guy, Rod Graves, has it down. Simplicity is the key to many things, including a clean, sophisticated feeling web site. I particularly like this page that I got the image above from: http://www.rodgraves.com/profile/.
I mean just look at how clean that is. I’ve spent hours scrubbing the web for this kind of quality, and this is where I’m taking my site as I move forward with it, keeping two ideas in the forefront:
So I’ve been doing a little work with my typography. I’ve changed my font-size and line-height to em measurements, and I’ve increased their sizes as well. How does this look? The idea is to be more readable without getting so large as to appear childish.
So I’m getting ready to do some major reworking of my design. The guiding force will be the 100% Easy to Read Standard. The first bit of this I did just now by making the default font 13px instead of 12px. Let me know what you guys think.
95% of what is commonly referred to as web design is typography.
Nice. In addition to that shift I’m also going to a new color scheme and maybe even a different layout. It’s going to be major. On change I’m nearly decided on is going to a white background. Lots of ideas…
Anyway, let me know if you guys like the larger font.
Don’t tell us to get glasses (use a font-size that’s large enough)
Here are the 5 basic rules:
Standard font size for long texts
Active white space
Reader-friendly line height
Clear color contrast
No text in images
There are two other concepts that jumped out at me: using text as an interface, and the understanding that typography is not the art of selecting typefaces. Typography is so much more.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the presentation of my text lately. Until now it’s been about the formatting of the text within the post itself, but now I’m thinking more about the look of the entire page and site.
I’m going to be doing a lot with this in coming weeks and months. I at least have an idea of what I want; now I just need to get there. I thank the heavens for CSS.: