Book Review: Typographic Web Design by Laura Franz

typographic web design book

There are many books on the core concepts of typography. And historically speaking these have been a solid foundation for designers. Only problem with these books is that they are centered on the printed word. Yes, many of these concepts translate to digital mediums, but there is more to the story than that. Typographic Web Design takes a look at the core concepts of typography with the web in mind and by doing so addresses a topic that is in sore need of some attention.

The Verdict

Typographic Web Design: How to Think Like a Typographer in HTML and CSS by Laura Franz: ★★★★★

Our Ratings System:
★★★★★ Run, don’t walk, to buy it
★★★★ Order it online
★★★ “Borrow” it from a friend
★★ Skim it at the bookstore
Don’t bother

In this in-depth book by Laura Franz, an associate professor of design at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, we get a tour of not only the core principles of typography, but all centered on interactive (web-based) design. This much needed perspective will help guide and educate designers into the area of digital typography.

In particular I truly appreciate that specific issues related to digital design are addressed. Things like the ability to read onscreen text, the resolution and variety in displays, and so much more. If you are a designer that wants to master web typography this is a tremendous resource on the topic.