The Web Site Graphics series is a rich collection of successful web site design work selected by designers for designers. Each book in the series focuses on an important facet of graphic design online. Created for both professional and graphic designers new to the web, the Web Site Graphics series offers a complete and affordable resource of web site design inspiration.
Web Site Graphics: Typography—A discriminating collection, this array of masterful type-design treatments includes type fonts custom-made for the job, elegant and classic fonts stretching traditional boundaries, and mod and retry type. Learn how to stretch, alter, and successfully use type in place for any web design assignment.
Another entry in the Web Site Graphics series, Typography: The Best Work from the Web features Web sites that outshine others in their use of type. "Each site draws some advantage from or is designed for the Web, and takes into account the special requirements needed to render or display type in a small, scrollable, and live window."
It's not surprising that many of the typographically outstanding sites shown here are from design firms. For example, Cow.Interactive Communications (www.cow.com) is an interactive design firm whose Web site shows a creative yet spare use of a single typeface with small, interactive lines of text, simple images, and blocks of color. Studiomotiv (www.studiomotiv.com) shows off the beauty of classic letterforms even while it informs viewers of the history and anatomy of type design.
Typography also celebrates sites that run counter to accepted notions of "good typography." Typographic.com (www.typographic.com) pushes the envelope of readability with its postmodern deconstructed text and navigational scheme, almost daring the viewer to persevere through the site. Bianca (www.bianca.com), an online community, takes another "anti-typography" route by using naive handwriting for headings and a site map that looks like a child's drawing.
Typography is not a how-to book. As with the others in this series, it shows, using ample color illustrations, a few of the best in Web design, chosen by the knowledgeable and discriminating authors. It's the quickest way to find out what's on the cutting edge. --Angelynn Grant
Topics covered: screen captures of many Web sites showing innovative uses of typography in Web design, with captions explaining why each site was chosen and listing artistic credits; an index with the names and addresses of all design firms involved.