On Web Typography

Well, it only took nearly a hundred issues since working on the A List Apart redesign for me to get around to writing an article.

I’ve had a blast working behind the scenes working with authors on fleshing out the visuals for their articles, but after repeated kindly nudges from the rest of the ALA staffers, I wrote one of my own: On Web Typography.

This has been a year packed with talk of type on the web. We’ve been making great strides in bringing real fonts to the web, a good progression that will help us rely less on replacement techniques. There are many great articles that boil down the technical hurdles involved in doing so, but I wanted to tackle what happens to our designs once we have lots of typefaces to choose from. How do you choose typefaces that suit your site’s message? What technical and aesthetic attributes should you look for in a typeface? How do you harmoniously combine typefaces? These are just some of the questions I tackle in my article, and I hope this helps start the discussion of how web fonts will affect a visual design process.

And, this installment of ALA is a whiz-bang all web fonts issue with an article on how to spec typefaces by the talented Tim Brown: Real Web Type in Real Web Context.

If you love type, head on over and check out this week’s A List Apart.


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