Reading ...

... On Screens Doesn't Need To Be Awful & Unpleasant

Actually, it is quite easy to design a decent user experience for reading. This book will help you to reach this goal. We will take the mystery out of simple typographic features, font pairing or online article layouting.

Designing Screen Readability

This book is going to be the book I wish I had had when I started to learn more about typography, readability and design. So it will be written for normal human beings, written in understandable language and easy to integrate into your workflow. You can expect these topics to be covered in detail:

  • This book will give a nice roundup on recent scientific findings on Readability, Retention and Behavioral Intention. All this information will be distilled and broken down into easy-to-digest chunks. And it won't bore you to death. Probably quite the opposite.
  • It will help you turn your newly acquired knowledge into action. It will strive to help you create (doppelt) great readability and awesome typography in our daily lives. And it will take a look at some real-life examples, see how they perform and what we can learn from them.
  • Now that we can understand what works and what doesn't, we will dive into a real project and go the whole way to create the best possible reading experience. It will be a step-by-step tutorial, with lots of sweet code examples. I promise: No one will be left behind.
  • And, last but not least, this book will feature a bunch of handpicked interviews with the industry's brightest minds. What they think about typography, readability and page layouting. What secrets they use to achieve their level of quality.

Who Should Read This Book?

No matter if you are a freelancer or work as part of a team, if you are a designer or developer (I mainly work with HTML/CSS, so most of the book will focus on this area). You should read this book if you are faced with one or more of the following problems:

  • You have never really understood which fonts work well together? Everybody else seems to get it? Or what font to choose for which purpose? Or what you need to keep an eye on if you use webfonts. And what the hell are ligatures anyway? And how can I make use of them in HTML/CSS?
  • You know there are different rules (and myths) that tell you what line length & height to apply. But which one is right? How does this all scale into responsive design? Are there any old print layout concepts that can be applied to the web age? And how does all that micro formats stuff work for me?
  • What does it take to make a user read the content I present to him? Why is he leaving halfway through the article? What can I do to help him in keeping his focus & even enjoying this activity? What other benefits are there to creating an awesome user experience in reading? And how can I sell it to my boss, coworkers, etc.?


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Readability is going to be researched, thought through & written by Sven Read, Designer of Words.

Sven is a self taught designer based in Munich, Germany. He spends the day solving complex design problems & tinkering with typography, clean interfaces & bold user experiences. Loves to build apps, smoke cigars & post on Twitter and Dribbble. As a Read-it-Later junky he just had to build Words App.