By Jason Pamental
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
This is a short, but valuable book that will get you started with responsive web typography. The first half contains a short history of typography: i.e. aliasing, type hinting, and the difference between a typeface and a font.
The second half is very practical and this is where the book shines: the author covers the two available choices of self-hosting, or of using a service, and the effect on bandwidth and speed. There is also a good section on FOUT (Flash of Unstyled Text) and the problems of speed and perceived speed.
Although the book is short it is the example files and code that make this book. These serve as a good starting point for your own css files. There are easy workarounds for orphans, good guidelines for responsive line length and line height based on Robert Bringhurst’s typographic masterpiece, and a good rule of thumb for sizing ems: ‘don’t apply font-size to containers’ (p44).
The book is based on four tenets: performance, progression, proportion, and polish and the example code illustrates these well. I’ve found this whole area a tricky one to get started on and have sometimes fallen into the trap of relegating the importance of typography, but as Jason Pamental concludes:
‘Remember: type is your voice. Speak eloquently.’
Disclosure: I’m writing this post as part of O’Reilly’s blogger review program.