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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 […]

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 […]

From my interview with Shaun Slattery in Screen Space 16, Shaun suggests we should be aware of typical locations for digital items and put them where people (including ourselves) expect them. People pay a lot of attention to where things are. We have habits of putting things in certain places and looking for things in […]

[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 […]

 
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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, […]

Tip of the day: Gain ethos and fame! Put your work out there for others to use.

Posted by Jennifer L. Bowie, Ph.D. on July 18th, 2011

Drawing from my interview with him, Justin Lewis suggests that content creators should consider allowing their work to be taken up by and appropriated others. He suggests this may be a way to enhance your ethos and allow you to gain exposure. Consider Creative Commons licensing, for example. To find out more, check out the […]

[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. […]

 
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