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Nice Web Type is one place for web typography, following experiments, advancements, and best practices in typesetting web text. Handcrafted by Tim Brown, Type Manager for Adobe Typekit.

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Responsive Web Design, the book

As web workers, we know that part of our job is to learn, and re-evaluate practices before we are overcome by false certainty. On the other hand, we have no time to waste. Nobody understands this dichotomy better than A Book Apart.

Ethan Marcotte’s book is efficient, entertaining, and full of good ideas. The techniques he explains have already been battle-tested and are accepted industry-wide as the canonical way websites should now be built.

Hard to overstate the significance of this title. If you make websites, it is your business to own this book — and because it’s from A Book Apart, you can read, learn, and keep on working. No wasted anything. 100% protein.

Responsive design and FitText

Trent Walton:

This jQuery plugin inflates web type to fill its parent element. No matter what size window, you’ve got full width text. … It goes without saying that you’d never ever use this on paragraph text (I hope), but in the right place, FitText makes responsive web design even more exciting.

Readability, readers, and designers Feb 1, 2011

A new version of Readability was announced today. It’s not just an update to the bookmarklet you may remember; It’s a whole new thing. Plus, the folks at Arc90 teamed up with Instapaper for iOS apps. Here are Richard Ziade’s and Marco Arment’s thoughts on the new effort.

It’s a super interesting model, but what intrigues me more is the potential for a new balance between reader preferences and designed experiences. As designers, we need to argue for the value of typesetting, and compositional choices, crafted for the specific content at hand. As one theme option in the Readability interface, a reader should be able to choose “intended design.”

Web designers: Our part of such a bargain is to design responsively and provide a Readability-style experience for our content. An experience that looks good, reads easy, and – most of all – is meaningful for our particular content. Why is it important that they read the piece typeset with the particular font you’ve chosen, or typeset with the size, leading, and measure among which you’ve worked hard to find balance? Here’s why I think it’s important.

Congratulations to the folks behind Readability. This new thing is exciting, well made, and potentially a step forward for not only publishing but the design of reading experiences. Web designers: Let’s give readers a reason to trust our design decisions.

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