Handy Open-Source Typography Handbook for Best Industry Practices
Typography seems like a simple, basic concept in web design that needs no specific, proper rules to be followed that a lot of times, it is taken for granted. While there’s no iron-clad set of rules when it comes to typography, since design largely depends on the vision or message that needs to be reflected, there are a couple of principles that apply in each process. Both newbies and seasoned designers can learn from these.
Web typography is not just about choosing the right font; it’s about everything that has to do with how the text looks as well as how it goes with the elements around it, including whitespace. If only there’s a comprehensive collection of best practices on web typography that we can use as a reference, it would be convenient for us to just refer to it whenever we need guidance.
Guess what? There actually is a Typography Handbook!
Created by designer Kenneth Wang, the Typography Handbook provides a free resource for designers, which contains comprehensive guidelines on typographic practices on the web. It is in an open-source format on GitHub, allowing more designers to update the handbook with their input anytime. It also contains relevant links to each topic, which are referenced in the sections.
Currently, the handbook contains best typographic practices for visual hierarchy, laws in typography, fonts, and web style guide.
Here at MicroCreatives, aside from relying on best practices and other design principles to create the best and most effective design relevant to client requirements, our team of designers, developers, animators, and writers also work closely together to allow harmonious collaboration as well as to produce an output that appears and functions consistently and smoothly.