Better Web Typography for a Better Web

Better Web Typography for a Better Web is a book based on a top-rated online course explaining typography to people who build web sites-web designers and web developers. The author, Matej Latin, takes complex concepts such as vertical rhythm, modular scale, and page composition, and explains them in an easy-to-understand way.

Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin

The content of the book is accompanied by live code examples and the readers go through a process of designing and building an example website as they go through the book. This is a new typography book for a new medium, the rules haven’t changed much, everything else has.

Introduction to Web Typography

  1. Anatomy of a Typeface
  2. Choosing Typefaces
  3. Equilateral Triangle of a Perfect paragraph
  4. Combining Typefaces
  5. Rhythm in Web Typography
  6. Modular Scale
  7. Page Composition
  8. Responsive Web Typography
  9. Ligatures
  10. Small Caps and Figures
  11. Punctuation
  12. Dropcaps (Bonus Chapter)

Better Web Typography for a Better Web

Review

“Beautiful typography should never be underestimated, it tells a story, it evokes excitement and seems so simple to create. It isn’t, but it will be once you have studied this must-read edition.” – Steve Jenkins, Editor, Web Designer Magazine.

“Matej addresses designers and developers equally—but not only has he written an informative book with useful content, it’s also written in a nice and lovely-to-read way.” – Marc Thiele, Founder / Organiser of Beyond Tellerrand.

“Seriously detailed and, more importantly, fodder for any discussion with clients to convince them why the fonts you chose were the right ones for the project.” – Paul Jarvis, Designer & Author of Company of One

“A must-read for any web designer/developer. As a designer who also works in front-end code, I’ve been waiting for a book like this, which addresses both designers and developers. Often, there is still a huge gap in the collaboration between design and code. This book will help to improve this process and make a web with better typography.” – Arne Schog, Digital Designer.

Better Web Typography for a Better Web

About The Author

Hey, I’m Matej. I’m a designer from Slovenia but currently live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and work as a Senior UX designer at GitLab. My journey towards being a designer began when I was 13. I joined an after-school class called ‘Web Design’ where I learned the basics of HTML and handcrafted my first website.

I never studied design so typography was one of the many things that I had to explore by myself. And once I started exploring, I couldn’t stop.

The gray area between design and development attracted me the most, so I created things like Gutenberg—The Meaningful Web Typography Starter Kit and now Better Web Type.

I decided to create a web typography course because there’s little content online that would be practical, concise, and aimed at both—designers and developers.

Better Web Typography for a Better Web by Matej Latin. Hardcover: 226 pages. Publisher: Blurb (August 18, 2019).

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