[thelist] "Web 2.0 sites with the big friendly fonts"

Rick den Haan rick.denhaan at gmail.com
Wed Feb 21 12:46:52 CST 2007

Steven Streight wrote:
> Okay you gentlemen have got me all riled up now. I think it is "incredibly
> rude" and flat out stupid to hate text so much in a design, whether music
> CD cover or web site, that the text is horrible low contrast (eg., light
> blue text on medium blue background) and super tiny.

I had a nice little face-to-face discussion my main (outsourced) designer
today. Here are some of the topics covered in the conversation, thought it
might be on-topic:

1. Recurring tendency to design websites at 300 DPI, resizing to 72 as a
last step, thus blurring all straight edges;
2. Using non-standard, anti-aliased fonts at 6pt or 7pt;
3. Designing content as pure white text on an opaque bright yellow

That third one happened today, and he was 100% convinced it was the right
design decision, and no other color would possibly fit in the design at that
spot. The fact that he didn't notice when I alt-tabbed to a version where
the bright yellow was replaced by a dark blue says enough, I think...


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