Since I’m a designer, I’ve always been interested in typography (I’m that kind of weird person who collects typeface paper specimen). I’ve read a lot of books, done researches about font rendering, wrote articles on multiple websites and so on. So, in 2010, after a web conference in Paris, when the Ffrench publisher, Atelier Perrousseaux (from the renewed typographer Yves Perrousseaux), specialized in typography, asked me to write a book about font legibility issue on the web, I didn’t wait for too much to say yes.
Writing a book to talk about typeface legibility improvement on screen...
Nowadays in 2016, with the improvement of screen quality, font rendering has evolved a lot. But, when we looked back in 2010, it was a real issue. At that time, the web fonts have just entered into the web design game, and we saw lots of crappy web page rendering due to not so wise font choices.
I wanted to write a book that I would be glad to read myself. The main problem could have been to write something too technical so I've tried to follow a simple and pedagogical approach. In this book, I've not only given concrete methods and tools to improve font choices on screen but I've also talked about the reading process, typeface history and much more.
- Chap. 1 What is legibility?
- Chap. 2 How do we read?
- Chap. 3 Screen readability characteristics
- Chap. 4 Improving typographic choices
- Chap. 5 The shape of letters
- Chap. 6 Webfont rendering
- Chap. 7 Readability and CSS
- Chap. 8 Case studies