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Which type size on websites?


There is often debate between designers and clients on the font sizes for headings, body text or highlighted text elements on websites. I personally like a slightly bigger font. Even though I have healthy eyesight I still prefer reading a slightly bigger font on websites. It’s sometimes hard to convince traditionally trained graphic designers that big is better online. I came across this posting on realitive font sizes by Wilson Miner, which seems to close the argument on this.

The image shows how a magazine page, printed at 11pt, compared to a website at 16pt look almost the same when held up side-by-side.

"After years of wondering why browsers defaulted to 16pt text sizes I’m starting to be convinced that long text really is significantly more readable on screen at precisely that size."

This post reminds us that design is realitive and rules for print or PowerPoint cannot be automatically driven to web design without consideration.

Author Richard Banfield

As CEO, Richard leads Fresh Tilled Soil’s strategic vision. He’s a mentor at TechStars and BluePrintHealth, an advisor and lecturer at the Boston Startup School, and serves on the executive committees of TEDxBoston, the AdClub’s Edge Conference, and Boston Regional Entrepreneurship Week.

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