04 Oct '13, 1pm

A Typographic Refactoring

A Typographic Refactoring

ehmorris October 4, 2013 typography design On Giant Robots, we’ve switched from using Skolar and Proxima Nova via Typekit for our body and header typefaces, to Chronicle Text and Sentinel via the typography.com cloud. We’ve adjusted line-height, weights, vertical rhythm, and the CSS we use to render the type. Typographers sweat every curve and corner when designing a typeface, and as designers we need to take equal care in selecting them. This article explains the intent and technical reasoning behind each adjustment, beginning with the choice of the new typefaces. Body Text — What Makes Chronicle Text Better? The first thing to notice is Chronicle Text’s larger size — it’s the main reason the typeface appears more readable, but both faces are set to 16px. Skolar looks smaller because its ascenders and descenders don’t reach the boundaries of its glyph’s bounding box — eac...

Full article: http://robots.thoughtbot.com/post/63080521162/a-typograph...

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