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Issue № 249

Appreciating web design for what it is; plus a better best practice for setting type on the web.

Understanding Web Design

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We’ll have better web design when we stop asking it to be something it’s not, and start appreciating it for what it is. It’s not print, not video, not a poster—and that’s not a problem. Find out why cultural and business leaders misunderstand web design, and learn which other forms it most usefully resembles.

How to Size Text in CSS

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It’s a tug-of-war as old as web design. Designers need to control text size and the vertical grid; readers need to be able to resize text. A better best practice for sizing type and controlling line-height is needed; and in this article, Richard Rutter obligingly supplies one.

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Writing for Designers

In this excerpt from Writing for Designers, Scott Kubie explains why designers need to be more intentional with how we use words.