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Century Gothic is a light, round Sans Serif typeface designed in 1991 for Monotype Imaging. It is a geometric Sans Serif, with similar curves, repeated across character for increased consistency.  The type designers were based on Sol Hess’s Twentieth Century, but Century Gothic has a larger x-height. According to Wikipedia, Century Gothic is actually closer […]

Chunking is a design concept based on proximity.  A good designer uses proximity to show the relationships of design components. Two items that are close (like a heading and the paragraph of text under it) should be related, and two that are far away (a title and the footer) are not related (or less related). […]

Back in the good ‘ol days of typewriters, writers used a tab indent to show where a new paragraph begins. Back in the good ‘ol days of the early web (think 1993), browsers were setup to render paragraphs with a line of white space after. More recently (say 2007), Microsoft decided that both were a […]

Vote for design! Vote for the next Georgia license plate!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 1st, 2011

If you are a Georgian, or interested in influencing design, go vote for the next Georgia license plate. You have until August 8th at 3 pm. For those of us watching the contest, this is a somewhat amusing revote. The original vote ended July 8th and three finalists were selected. Each of the finalists had […]

The second major step of usability testing[1] is deciding what you will test during the testing. This is where you develop your tasks for the testing, but simply pulling tasks out of a hat will not get you the best possible tasks, and thus your results will not be as effective and helpful. To make […]

Screen Space 17: Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on August 1st, 2011

[Podcast Transcript] Welcome to Screen Space, your podcast about creating usable, accessible, effective, and efficient web, blog, and digital media design for the everyday (and non-expert) designer. This is episode 17 of Screen Space “Usability & Usability Testing 101 Part 3—Deciding what to Test.” In this episode, I discuss the second major step of usability […]

 
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Consider Garamond for any print document where readability and legibility are important, where you want to fit a lot of text on a page, and when you want to be eco-friendly. Garamond is a highly readable and legible typeface for print use. It is also eco-friendly—save trees and use toner by using Garamond. Garamond works […]

Typeface of the Week: Garamond—The elegant typeface that lives and saves trees!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2011

Garamond is not a single typeface. Rather, Garamond is group of typefaces inspired and derived/revived from the work of punch-cutters Claude Garamond in ~1530 (according to Garamond.org) and Jean Jannon a century later. While the typeface is named after Garamond, the face is closer to Jannon’s typefaces than Garamond’s (here is an image of Garamond’s […]

Tip of the Day: Avoid splash pages!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 28th, 2011

Users do not like splash pages, so don’t make them suffer—avoid using splash pages. Splash pages are those pages that come up before you get to the homepage of the site. When Disney had a splash page, 50% of all clicks on the full Disney site were the “skip intro” link. Yes, one in every […]

Use the correct, more readable, and preferred “curly” quotes in your writing. Due to first the advent of typewriters and later our good friend ASCII, the normal “curly” quotation marks of printing were turned into ambidextrous "straight" quotes. This saved two keys on typewriters (as only one is needed for the ‘single quote’ and one […]