Web Typography

A handbook for designing beautiful and effective responsive typography by Richard Rutter

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❡ Typography is what comes between the author and the reader. This is as true on the web as it is in any other medium. If a text has anything at all significant to say, it needs a typographer’s care, which will in turn be repaid by the reader’s attention. If you design websites or use CSS then you are a typographer whether you know it or not.

This book is a practical guide and companion reference to all aspects of typography on the web. It deftly combines implement­ation details with typographic theory, and is ideal for designers, developers and anyone else involved in the process of creating a website.

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 978-0-9956642-0-3
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Download sample chapter (0.7Mb PDF)
    1. We are all Typographers
      • Why web typography really does matter
      • Embracing the medium
      • Preparing the ground
    2. Setting Type to be Read
      • How we read
      • The amazing em (and friends)
      • Designing paragraphs: line length
      • Designing paragraphs: text size
      • Designing paragraphs: line spacing
      • Alignment, justification and hyphenation
      • Responsive paragraphs
    3. Typographic Detail
      • Symbols, signs and accents
      • Ligatures and abbreviations
      • Hierarchy and scale
      • Meaning and semantics
      • Numerals and tables
      • Tracking and kerning
      • Headlines and impact
      • Vertical rhythm
      • Arrangement and composition
    4. Choosing and Using Fonts
      • How fonts render on screens
      • Practical and pragmatic considerations
      • Knowing and browsing type
      • Selecting typefaces for body text
      • Selecting typefaces for display text
      • Selecting typefaces for functional text
      • Combining typefaces
      • Using web fonts
      • Building a library
    5. Final Thoughts
      • Communicating your design
      • If you read nothing else, read this

It’s THE book to buy. Stunning. An instant classic. — Andy Clarke, author of Hardboiled CSS

Very useful. — Erik Spiekermann

Looks great, reads well, full of insight, deep knowledge and expertise. If you design the web, you’ll need it. a pleasure to read, insightful and informative a joy to read, so much nice detail a great resource — Reviews across the web

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