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The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Based on the book The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst and Grid Systems in Graphic Design by Josef Muller-Brockmann and also some of the major web sites on typography comes The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web.
A great resource for those who work with type on the digital medium, all this made possible by Richard Rutter.


  1. The book by Josef Muller Brockmann is excellent, heh…they put it back in print to top it all off…after I paid double for it. Oh well, it was worth it. Anyway, the other book by Bringhurst is great too. The thing is…it’s tough to relate the information in these two “classics” to the web. I have seen this site before and thought some good ideas and “translations” were there…but because computers render things differently it’s hard to predict. Also, studies have shown vast differences in how we read text from the screen. Not only is distance different, but so is posture, etc. The site should also look into some studies done on reading text from the screen. There have been quite a few and optimal line length and character size has been researched out under controlled tests. I do like this site and how it analyzes CSS styles…but I feel the site falls just a tad short and isn’t as updated as I hoped it would be…it eludes to being worked on but I’ve seen no great change in the site in some time.

  2. Pride Paranoia says

    I’ve came across this site just before I post it. I do think it would need a good upgrade because has you said, type for the web is a little bit different. None the less a good typography resource.

  3. Anonymous says

    i agree with tom, text is read very differently on screen. maybe there needs to be a whole new set of typographic rules for the web..

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