December 10th, 2009.
I’m about half way through The Elements of Typographic Style and thoroughly enjoying it. I really wish there was a way you could read a book and ride a bicycle so I could get more reading time in while commuting, but I’ll just have to take my time reading it instead!
Some thoughts so far…
“With type as with philosophy, music and food, it is better to have a little of the best than to be swamped with the derivative, the careless, the routine.” (Page 117)
I think this is true of all design. In a time where you can get free website templates anywhere or make a website yourself so easily, the designs that have a lot of thought, care and expertise behind them really stand out from the crowd.
Shaping the page
Although the book focuses on print, the principles found in the chapter Shaping the Page can be applied to web design also. It is a great reminder to me of design school, especially the theories of the Golden Section and Fibonacci series. Using ratios based around π are useful for arriving at a design that is easy on the eye and feels comfortable to use.
What you read opens your eyes to things around you; I have been noticing nicely designed type everywhere! Recently we spent a weekend in Zürich – I love it how clean, thoughtful design surrounds you in that beautiful country.
September 29th, 2009.
Thank you to Steff for passing on this lovely graphic illustrating the differences between Helvetica and Arial.