Design guru, heal thyself!

I’ve started work on a new website and went searching for articles about choosing fonts, both for conveying a feel and readability. I’m stunned at the number of sites offering advice on usability and readability that are themselves very difficult to read. Offenses include:

  • using tiny sans-serif fonts for body text
  • inadequate line spacing (12 point arial on 11 point leading, anyone?)
  • insufficient contrast between text and background, especially when it’s light text on a dark background
  • newspaper style 2 column layout with different line spacing, forcing the reader to jump up and down

But maybe that’s why Opera has zoom and user mode.


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