Web design trends are an interesting one, when I started it was all about everything drawn pixel by pixel and aliased pixel fonts – like literally you could win an award for a site drawn in MS Paint and then it went to overly designed vector shapes, motion graphcs etc. And now everything is minimal with giant text and colourful buttons. If you designed a site like that 10 years ago people would think you have no design skill or imagination… I can’t say I like the new trend, too simple. It’s all usability and functionality but no aesthetics or atmosphere. So pretty much every template looks like a cookie cutter design, I miss the old days of web design – felt like we were pioneering something, now it’s just lets stick to standards.
ouch showing my age here
Lots of fonts from Google Fonts library appear smaller so if you are used to using 12px with for example Arial then you should use 13px sometimes for Droid Sans, Open Sans and such. I personally like bigger fonts, even 18px, because I have a bad vision and getting closer to the monitor makes my eyes and back hurt a lot, not to mention I have to limit brightness to not have headaches and use apps like Flux to stop the caffeine effect a white glowing monitor can have on me during nighttime. But hey, that’s just me, the standard is somewhere between 12-13px and I can always zoom (works great on a mac)
Ever tried to zoom the page? Press CTRL + and see the magic happen.
I remember the good old days DS, still have pixelfont from FFF over here.
The other were playing around with Frontpage and publish huge text, colored gifs and boxes everywhere, while I was trying to perfectly align my font to the stage and get that perfect 1:1 feeling. One decade backwards here we are again, ouch!
So you advise a possible business-template customer to tell his customers to use browser zooming?
Asides, how can readability be a “trend”?
Are you designing websites for the sake of design or for the sake of retrieving valuable information? You should really think about that one.
Webdesign first and foremost is about information architecture. Then painting it nicely.
It’s all usability and functionality but no aesthetics or atmosphere.
Think about what you’ve just said though. Unfortunately, to create a successful site, it’s not about painting a masterpiece, it’s about making it accessible to the general public, taking into account the lowest common denominator (e.g. the elderly).
Whilst I love a beautifully designed website, the above should quite rightfully be considered the priority.
Some websites require small font size, others require large font size. That’s why we are web designers – to make informed decisions.
tl;dr Some websites require small font size, others require large font size. That’s why we are web designers – to make informed decisions.
I wouldn’t directly link legibility, readability and accessibility to the requirement of certain font sizes. Of course, large portals (like the one i’m working at as designer) with lots of content will always tend towards smaller typography for the sake of making more content visible (luckily that trend is already falling apart).
But that’s not the usual Themeforest target audience, is it? As far as i can see most themes are available for businesses and creative people. Who upmost want to communicate clearly.
And eventhough i totally feel a lot of designs around here which come along with considerable small typography, it could have also always been done the opposite way.
I think the point is: it’s much easier to work with rather small typography and make something okay. You can stuff in much more content on smaller space – but is it a real-world demand for focussed people such as companies and creatives?
Oh my, i’m getting OT. And mind you – i just want to provoke some thoughts here.
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rktic, why do you raise this topic? Simply define font size in your works as 1em or bigger where required and do not discuss it here–majority of arguments you will meet here will be against your point (which is an axiom, definitely).
Clear that readability is a must and 1em font-size is a minimum (there are sometimes natively small fonts and 1 em is not enough, especially for high resolution screens, in this case I increase font-size up to 110-120% and then 1em for body text becomes bigger).
As for ThemeForest site, I have nothing to do but to use CMD +, otherwise it is impossible to read anything here.