On Web Typography

By Jason Santa Maria

Foreword by way of ELLEN LUPTON

Typography is your design’s voice and the main robust software you should speak along with your readers. wield style with care and wit: easy methods to overview typefaces, ponder technical constraints, create versatile typographic platforms, and prepare your personal selection of favourite faces.

Jason Santa Maria desires you to work out variety past code or prospers. You’ll detect how typography shapes the way in which we learn and the way you could adapt the craft’s practices for the reveal. So cross forward. decide upon, mix, and set typefaces with ease—and invite readers in.

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