Better Web Typography

A couple of months ago I signed up to an an easy-to-follow web typography email course for web designers & web developers. The course has 10 easy to digest lessons and a mini quiz at the end.

Content in the lessons range from font size & line height ratio right through to what fonts best work together.

I received 1 email per day for 10 days, each oozing with awesome information about typography, I was hooked! Over the next 10 days I came to realise the importance of web typography, content and how they fit together, from font-family, font-size, colour and line-heights.

Most people think typography is about fonts. Most designers think typography is about fonts. Typography is more than that, it’s expressing language through type placement, composition, type choice.— Mark Boulton

I came to understand that content matters and it’s not just about how a website looks. I’m not saying design isn’t important, but you don’t have to make a website all singing and dancing to be engaging.

What’s the point in having the best looking website full of shit content?

Great content that’s easy to read is what it should be about, content that keeps people coming back. Having a site that’s minimal and uses great typography enhances the sites content that bit more, to me it does anyways.

Completing the course has made me re-think my whole workflow and what I should focus on, content first is what it should be about. I know content first isn’t a new concept by any means, but it has picked up some speed in recent years, with no signs of slowing down.

Every website has a story, or a message that it wants to convey to its visitors and at the end of the day, to be able to resonate with visitors to your site on any level, the website needs a core and good content (story).

Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say, text is always going to play the most important role on any website.

With a content-first approach, we move from designing without content to designing based on content, so this is how I’m going to work from now on. After all the truth is a website’s content matters more than beautiful visual designs ever will.

If you want to take the course and level up your typography skills head over to you won’t regret it.

Front-end developer from Lancashire, UK. I create & develop websites for awesome people.

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