BUX Podcast 78: Web Typography 101

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A few days ago, Jenna posted a really good article on web typography basics. It was so comprehensive that I thought we needed to tackle this topic late at night in the middle of a rainstorm that is now invading the North East as Noreaster Nemo, with a few beers.

The beer, while not discussed in the podcast is almost one of the more interesting parts. Jenna picked up a six pack of Lemon Berry Shandy from Leinenkugel. There are two words in that last sentence that preclude me from being able to call it a legit “beer” – those words being “lemon” and “berry” but it was close enough. Also, the word “Leinenkugel” looks like “Leinenliugel”.

The kerning is bad, is what I’m saying. Or maybe that “k” isn’t very readable. For a podcast about typography, Jenna did pretty good on the beer choice.

Leinenkugels

And that leads us into the podcast proper.

First of all, let’s get this out of the way.

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The Ravens won the Super Bowl!!!

Which, if I remember a little friendly wager from last week, means that Newman has to fund my Kickstarter of choice!

The Kickstarter he now has to fund is this one, about the Amazing Randi, which is awesome.

In today’s podcast, Jenna drags us kicking and screaming through a few basic typographic definitions, she gives us some great pointers on how to use fonts – for example, research shows that sans-serif fonts are better for content heavy web sites, and we talk about kerning mistakes that make normal words dirty.

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Walmart: Just a dick away

It’s a great 20 minute podcast, and perfect if you’re in the mood for a little shop talk.

Relevant links:

CSS Base Line: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly on Smashing Magazine

The Kearning game

Ray Lewis Intro Dance

4 comments on “BUX Podcast 78: Web Typography 101

  1. Well, at least we knew you were drinking during that podcast. That helped contextualize the cringe factor.

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