Making My Site Easier to Read
Kev Quirk recently posted an article about improving his website’s design which sparked me to review my own site’s typography and design. During my previous site redesign, I tried to make sure that things were as readable as possible but it never hurts to review things. There may be something I like more now or something I missed the first time.
There were a few things in his article which caught my eye and made me reconsider if I was doing all I could regarding typography. For one, I had my line height set at
1.4em which I’ve lowered to
1.3em and I also increased the spacing between paragraph headers and the paragraph above so that individual paragraphs or sections feel more like a single unit. This made text- and section-heavy pages like blog posts and essays much nicer to read.
I also played around with different fonts and line widths, but nothing other than what I currently have looked good to me. I’ve also considered adding a light theme back to my website via a
@media query because it’s supposedly easier to read, but I originally got rid of it because I didn’t like the look of the light theme that I had, despite my best efforts to tweak it. I do also personally prefer dark themes, so I think I’ll just stick with what I have for now.
Update: I decreased the width of the site from 50rem to 40rem so each line of text has roughly 60-80 characters making the site much more pleasant to read.
There was one thing I disagree with Kev about: font sizes. I laid out my thoughts regarding font sizes in a previous blog post, but to summarize: font sizes should not be specified in
px, they should be specified using some relative measurement like
Other than that (😉), I think it’s an excellent post and I hope it influences others to make their websites more readable. Thanks Kev!
This is my forty-third post for the #100DaysToOffload challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at https://100daystooffload.com.