Typography: Learn the most important rules with Typefacts

Typography is a science in itself. Not without reason there are numerous books, including reference works and thick tomes, which deal with the subject. Because typography is not a simple matter due to numerous rules and pitfalls. If you did not take it so seriously on the Internet before (today, the customs mark is still often used as a quotes), websites are becoming increasingly appealing – thanks to web fonts – in the meantime. Typefacts tries to give you typography in a good and understandable way.

Typefacts: The site runs with the nimble CMS Kirby. (Screenshot: Dr. Web)

The most important rules clearly explained

Typefacts, which is run by the font developer Christoph Koeberlin, is aimed primarily at those who have had little in the way of typography so far. The most important typographic rules are therefore explained very clearly and practically. Although Typefacts is not explicitly aimed at web designers, it is a good place to start to get into the big topic of typography.

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The dosage form is also easily digestible for children of the generation Sesame Street with extremely short attention spans. In small contributions with numerous pictures Koeberlin introduces the rules. Anyone who has worked through this, the rough carver should not be undermined.

In addition to the above-mentioned quotation marks, the book covers, among other things, connotations and dashes, ligatures and the apostrophe. Especially the apostrophe seems to need more information. In addition to the choice of the wrong character (minute sign or accent), the apostrophe is also gladly used in the wrong place (for example, in the plural formation or in the case of the so-called Deppenapostroph).


Typefaces and additional information

In addition to typographic rules, Christoph Koeberlin also introduces some writings. In addition, he has set up a small section in which he lists alternatives to known and widely used typefaces. Because not always Helvetica or Gill are available, so that wants to resort to adequate replacement, if can. In addition, there is an overview of well-known companies and their used corporate typefaces.

In addition, there are other useful info pages. Keyboard shortcuts for typographic characters that are not found on the keyboard are presented, as well as icons that are found by default in many fonts.

In the “typographic canon,” Koeberlin presents books that may well be called the basics of advanced typography. He lets known and lesser-known personalities recommend their favorite personal works.

Conclusion:Typefacts is a good place to start for novice and typographic lay people. Since it is not explicitly aimed at web designers, specific information about web fonts, entities and CSS typography is missing; but that’s not a problem for web designers.

All in all, it pays off to browse Koeberlin’s pages. Before knowledge gain you will not be able to protect yourself.