Tuesday, November 7th, 2006
This is a touch off-topic, but important for those that want to build killer web applications :)
95% of the information on the web is written language. It is only logical to say that a web designer should get good training in the main discipline of shaping written information, in other words: Typography.
95% may be a touch inflammatory of course, but I think there is an important point here.
I think that one of the reasons that WordPress did so well is that they cared about the UI, and one of the major pieces of care was in the typography. As soon as WP came out, the default theme made Movable Type (of the time) look immature. It also had the now popular BIG FONTS.
Where usability gurus usually fail
- The text lines (measure) are too long.
- 100% scalable is not a reader friendly solution: Donâ€™t make me think, ok, but donâ€™t make me resize my window either.
- Lack of whitespace.
- Lack of active whitespace.
- Linespacing is too narrow.
- The text blocks are not well alined.
- Too many font sizes.
- Pictures are badly placed and disrupt the ease reading.
Before you go to bed tonight…. remember…. is your line-height set correctly!
(In a somewhat related note, if you are anal about fonts, there is a new Dina Programming Font)
Posted by Dion Almaer at 4:37 am