Laura Brady

Tuesday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Optimizing readability for the screen — ereaders, tablets, mobile phones, and even laptop or desktop monitors— is challenging for most designers, especially those of us who pride ourselves on perfect type in our print publications. What are you supposed to do when there’s no CSS code for the “thin space” you usually surround your em dashes with? Use full spaces, like a heathen?

Relax and climb down off that ledge. Expert ebook and digital publication designer Laura Brady is going to show you how to achieve typographic nirvana on the screen. Sure, there are some limitations, but there are also new techniques you can employ that are only possible with HTML, CSS, and screen fonts.

  • Essential rules for screen readability and legibility
  • Learning to love the “reflow” of reflowable
  • Special characters and diacritics: what works?
  • Spacing, indents, leading, page breaks
  • Working with default fonts and adding your own
  • Creating elegant, readable tables