Search

Archive for the 'texts' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Avoid ALL CAPS; they decrease readability and legibility, take up 35% more space, and are interpreted online as yelling. All caps slow reading down by about 13% (the studies vary) and the longer a person reads them, the slower they read (see Mile Tinker’s study). Most of us read by looking at the shapes of […]

[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 16 of Screen Space, “An Interview with Shaun Slattery on ‘Information Management Techniques for Writers.’” I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. Bowie. I teach […]

 
icon for podpress  Screen Space 16: An Interview with Shaun Slattery on “Information Management Techniques for Writers” [15:57m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org/) has huge collections of media and cultural artifacts available for access and use by “researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public” and of course web designers, bloggers, and media designers. Justin Lewis briefly discussed and recommended the Internet Archive in in Screen Space 15: An interview with Justin Lewis on “Copyleft, […]

[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 15 of Screen Space, “An interview with Justin Lewis on ‘Copyleft, Digital Pirates, and Content Creation with Remixing.’” I am your host, Dr. Jennifer L. […]

 
icon for podpress  Screen Space 15: An interview with Justin Lewis on “Copyleft, Digital Pirates, and Content Creation with Remixing” [17:35m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

Tip of the day: Use Verdana for screen text—especially small screen text

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 15th, 2011

Verdana is a great typeface for screen use, and it works especially well in small sizes and on small screens.  Verdana was actually designed to be highly readable and legible on computer screens. In fact, as it was particularly designed to have high readability is small sizes, it is a wise choice for any screen […]

Tip of the Day: Keep the text concise!

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on June 23rd, 2011

This week’s theme: Best of Screen Space Podcasts Keep your writing on websites, in blogs, and in other digital media concise. A lot of research shows that people do not like to spend much time reading online and many people prefer to skim. Do make reading easy for them. Cute the amount of text down […]