2 Responses to “Web Typography”

  1. Richard Fink says:

    I thought I was on a mailing list for when this book published. Don’t know what happened, but I’ll be buying it.
    You quoted the following from the book, and it’s unintelligible to me:

    “Although modern screens have a pixel density capable of rendering intricate glyphs, the nature of emitted rather than reflected light eats into those forms. Robust forms stand up to this bullying, leaving high resolutions to render any subtleties, thereby rewarding you and your reader in tempering the ruggedness of the type.”
    Let me put it this way – if claims like “emitted light eats into intricate glyphs” and some other phrases in that paragraph could be translated into statements that could be tested neuroscientifically, I’d be a completely happy camper.

    Thanks for posting about this book.
    Nobody’s thought more deeply about this stuff than Richard Rutter.

    Incidentally, I just bought YOUR book, International Type Design In The Age Of Unicode. I haven’t had a chance to get into it yet but looking forward to it. Some things have happened in the fifteen years since it published, but that only makes it more interesting to me as a font geek.


    Richard Fink

  2. Luke Dorny says:

    Quite the nice book review, John. I’m only 1/4 the way through the book. I appreciate you mentioning some of the reference material and the idea that some of Mr. Rutter’s research meshed with your own. Having dabbled in print design since the ’80s myself, your mention of picas had me thinking back about all of the intricacies of print vs web. While web typography is an ever changing field, somehow Richard has fabricated a book that should serve as great reference technically and design-wise for some time to come.
    Thanks for the write-up. I enjoyed it.

    @ Richard Fink: Get it, it’s a great read.

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