I’m Sick of Your Tiny, Tiny Type(jxnblk.tumblr.com)

over 6 years ago from Derrick Schippert, Product Designer

  • Connor Tomas O'BrienConnor Tomas O'Brien, over 6 years ago

    I can see where the author is coming from, but I've found many designers have been overcompensating recently. 16px is probably ideal on a 768px+ screen width, because that closely approximates 12 point printed text (http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/10/07/16-pixels-body-copy-anything-less-costly-mistake/).

    Unfortunately, the author himself has bumped his type up to 20px, which more closely replicates a large print book intended for those with vision impairments. There's a reason why not all works in print have huge type, and it's not just because paper costs money! For those with "regular" vision, bumping text size up past a certain point (probably 16px) doesn't improve readability… in fact, it actually makes reading a chore as the eye is required to cover more "ground".

    I actually now find myself having to use Safari Reader on Signal vs Noise and A List Apart in order to decrease the type size in order to read it more easily. It's great that we're thinking about how to improve readability, but I'd suggest simply bumping up type as large as it can go (and removing sidebars to do so) isn't the best solution.

    3 points