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Friday Focus 05/29/09: Huge Type

Typography on the Web is growing bigger and bigger—literally! That is this week’s theme on Friday Focus.

Designs of the Week

StackOverflow DevDays

I like the boxy look. Particularly, that there are all these boxes of content in strong contrasting colors all on top of each other on a fixed background. Which happens to be a CSS parallax effect, by the way.

For a Beautiful Web

Huge type can be elegant too. It’s interesting how the inner pages of this site are white on dark gray, while the frontpage is brown on light brown (with a bit of maroon in the footer). And CSS text shadows all over!

Ryan Keiser

I love how bright and bold this site is, apart from the type treatments. It’s very much a study in the colors C, M, Y, K. And this designers loves colors so much he’s got a daily color inspiration (including a downloadable color palette file) section as footer. Good idea!

Social Media Weekly

DesignWhen the Design Doesn’t Match the Messaging

ProgrammingJavaScript Debugging Techniques in IE 6


  1. By Oliver Nielsen posted on May 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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    Ryan Keiser must be colorblind. The yellow text headers (“from the blog” and “from the portfolio”) on cyan background, is a total no-no.

  2. By Victoria Blount posted on May 29, 2009 at 4:27 pm
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    I really like the use of type in these pieces of work, good typography can be the difference between a successful design or a failure. With the choice of a nice font, or manipulated typeface, it can add a different approach, and lessen the need for images.

  3. By Steve Rose posted on May 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm
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    I seem to be lacking a background image for the nav on the Beautiful Web site. Mine does not show dark, as above, and the nav is quite difficult to read. (Firefox v3) It’s beautiful, but not functional.

  4. By franky posted on June 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm
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    Interesting as well how accessibility specialist Roger Johansson switched to larger type and less images. iPhone and mobile web focused design?

  5. By mike posted on June 17, 2009 at 7:45 am
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    These examples are a good argument for large type when done right. I agree though that the yellow and cyan does look a little clashy.

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