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Sign up for the newsletterI send out a brief newsletter bringing you web typography tips (both design and technical) and occasional news about developments in web type (like browser support and news from the W3C), and my upcoming talks, podcasts, and workshops. I’m including the tips here as an archive, but if you want it in your inbox along with the news and whatnot, learn more and see the archive on the Newsletter page, or  you can sign up directly here.

Crop of Destiny Magazine cover showing different font weights and styles

Weight, wait—don’t @ me

Friday, 19 April, 2019

As I’m sure many of you do, I read a fair amount on the subject of web typography, performance, and design for the digital world in general. In doing so a bit more regularly since I starting this newsletter, I...

Plex Sans set up with family grouping

Putting your best (font-face) forward

Friday, 5 April, 2019

This week I thought I’d go over something I see often overlooked on web projects, leading to a lot of extra work on the part of the front end team. Covering the basics of @font-face declarations can make for much...

Here you can see the gaps between the words

Details, devils, and getting from here to there

Friday, 22 March, 2019

I wrote about the basics of typesetting a paragraph on the web a few weeks ago, and focused on the three core elements of font-size, line-height, and line length. Following that issue, we dug into units of measure and typographic...

A nautilus shell overlaid with an illustration of the Golden Ratio

Proportion & practicality, rhythm & flow

Tuesday, 19 March, 2019

Ink and blood run thick in the streets when typographers debate typographic scale. Much of both have been spilled fighting for—and extolling the virtues of—the one perfect ratio between paragraphs and larger typographic elements (whichever ‘one’ that is). From Bringhurst...

Point and pica rulers

Units of measure: two wrongs, and a few rights

Friday, 8 March, 2019

I’d like to take a little time to talk about the various units of measure we have at our disposal, why you should focus on two or three and avoid some others—and explain a bit about why. If we don’t...

Illuminated capital from a 15th century book of psalms

Drop caps (styling the initial letter)

Friday, 22 February, 2019

A ‘drop cap’ or ‘initial’ is a specifically-styled first letter of a block of text that is usually larger and sometimes more ornate than the surrounding letterforms. In centuries past these were often elaborately drawn, but the practice still continues...

Styling the first line

Friday, 15 February, 2019

Seeing as this is the very first issue, I didn't want to start with something too complicated—at the same time I wanted it to relate a time-tested typographic technique in graphic design: styling the first line of a block of...

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