How readable is the type on your website?


what is x-heightIs it easy to read?  Is it big enough? Is there enough contrast with the background? What about your line length? The space between lines? The x height? (the height of the lower case letters.) 

You don’t need to know all the jargon – the bottom line – is the size, color, or shape of your type hurting your website.

We’ve all had the experience of leaving a website because it was just to hard to read. It’s easy to get caught up in the design without thinking enough about usability.

A couple of months ago I saw a site with the headlines in a handwritten font. It really worked. It was interesting, created the right feeling, so I tried it on my site.

I thought it looked great, until someone told me it was too hard to read.  

Were they right? It wasn’t my experience , but I don’t think I was totally objective. (I really liked how it looked.) 

But they weren’t really interested in how it looked from a design perspective. They just wanted to be able to read it. 

So I changed my fonts this weekend.