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Nothing is more important than readability when it comes to the text on your website. Absolutely nothing. If you can’t read the words, then what good are you doing? Who is getting your message? Just as important as the words themselves is the...
Born in London, England in the early 1950s, Alan Meeks began his career as a trainee artist, typographer and typeface designer in 1970. He joined Letraset as senior designer and studio manager in 1975, where he was responsible for artistic...
The internet, after you get past all the coding, is littered with different approaches to typography. There are a plethora of typefaces scattered all over the internet and searching for the right font can leave your head buzzing with all...
The vast majority of articles talking about responsive design focus on two main areas: a fluid, flexible grid, and fluid, flexible images. What many of them don't talk about is typography. And yet, for the majority of websites the text, the...
We're all familiar with the parable of the ugly duckling; spurned by its peers for being too ugly, it is miserable throughout the winter, only to discover in the following spring that it is in fact a swan. The moral of the story being that it's what's...
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With the right fonts, we can do anything, and create anything. Fonts help portray a mood or emotion. Your font choice can make or break your designs, so you must careful in choosing the right one. Typography matters not just because it looks good,...
Icon fonts are incredibly useful when designing a site, and have a huge number of advantages over regular icons. Because they are delivered as a font file and embedded like a font, these icons are easily scalable, their color can be altered live,...
While kerning of type is a common practice in print design, it seems to be less common in web applications. But it does not have to be. Properly kerned type adds an extra level of professionalism and control to the typography on your site. While...
The relationship between text and the rest of a page is one of the key characteristics of any design. Rhythm, emphasis and tone are all compromised without correctly scaled type. However, selecting text sizes is often both a painstaking and...
A key component to any website design is type. Selecting fonts, sizes and colors can be a big part of how you outline your site. Just as important as the letterforms themselves, is the spacing around those letters and particularly the leading...
Calligraphic fonts have been popular in the design world for a long time. But we don't see hand-lettered calligraphy nearly as often, outside of wedding invitations. Hand-lettered calligraphy is beautiful and has an organic feel to it that's...
Choosing fonts for design projects can be a daunting task because there's thousands of fonts out there all over the web that you could use. Whether you're looking to create a big, bold logo for your business or work on a poster for an event here's...
It’s not uncommon for a designer in today’s world to pay little attention to how type is laid out, especially with the ever-so-convenient default settings of heading tags and web safe fonts found universally on the web. If we as interactive...
In this article, I'm going to examine the science behind making successful UI icons before teaching you how to make your own embeddable icon font. From designing the individual icons to converting them for @font-face embedding, and even licensing...