How To Set Weights And Styles With The @font-face Declaration

If people are on your website, they’re probably either skimming quickly, looking for something, or they’ve found what they’re looking for and want to read it as easily as possible. Either way, keeping text readable will help them achieve their goal. [Links checked February/21/2017]
Bold and Italic Help to Organize Content A few months ago, I wrote an article on “Avoiding Faux Weights and Styles with Google Web Fonts.” I ended the article by showing that weights and styles are an important UX element when setting text.

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Why Responsive Web Design Has To Win Out

When considering a mobile Web strategy and weighing responsive Web design against a separate mobile website, the most important metric is how functional the website is for the user. This goes beyond better content organization for smaller screens. Mobile (and desktop) websites should be easily found, easily shared, fast loading, easy to maintain and easy to build on.
If we keep that in mind, considering where the Web is today and where it looks to be going, there are many compelling arguments for responsive Web design.

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Designing For A Multi-Device World

When I think about where we are with the Web in comparison to other media in history, pinpointing it is really hard. Is it like when the Gutenberg Press was just invented and we’re experimenting with movable type, or are we still embellishing pages and slavishly copying books by hand?
Our knowledge of building digital things changes rapidly, taking us from newborn to adult and back again every couple of years.

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How To Design An Open-Source iPhone Game

I love games and I’m a huge math nerd, so I made a new iPhone game based on a famous math problem called The Seven Bridges of Königsberg. I’m selling it in the App Store, but I also want to share it with everyone, so I made it open source.
This article is the first in a series that will walk through iOS programming using this game as an example.

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A Critical Approach To Typefaces

I’ve always wondered, “What is it that makes a typeface or any other design good?” However simplistic this question may seem to typographers, it is a legitimate question many of us are trying to answer.
After several years working as a professional type designer, teaching, and running a type foundry, I pretty much gave up my attempts to find a golden set of rules. The answer is not so simple.

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How To Use Email To Alienate Your Users

Spam! Monty Python may love it, but the rest of us are not so convinced. But what is spam? Are you spamming users without realizing it? And is there any place in the world for email marketing?
Most of us have a love/hate relationship with email. Its one of those necessary evils. Nowhere is our relationship with email more confused than when it comes to spam.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link Design And Build Email Newsletters Without Losing Your Mind’“) An Introduction To Building And Sending HTML Email Typographic Patterns In HTML Email Newsletter Design Email Marketing For Mobile App Creators For a start, spam is hard to define.

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A Thorough Introduction To Backbone.Marionette (Part 1)

To help you tap the full potential of Marionette, we’ve prepared an entire eBook full of useful hands-on examples which is also available in the Smashing Library. — Ed.
Backbone.js is quickly becoming the most popular framework for building modular client-side JavaScript applications. This is largely due to its low barrier to entry; getting started with it is super-simple. However, unlike Ember.js, Backbone, being so minimal, also leaves a lot up to the developer to figure out.

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If You Love Your Brand, Set It Free

The practice of branding is undergoing a deep transformation — a change brought about by our kaleidoscopic postmodern culture, the development of communication technology and rapid globalization.
In prior decades, brand managers aimed to establish their products and services primarily by way of consistency and repetition. A brand’s voice and message were to be the same, independent of marketing channel. The goal of the designer was to define identity systems that would ensure compliance and coherence in all of the brand’s manifestations, as codified in brand identity style guides.

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16 Lovely St. Valentine’s Day ? Icons For Free

Today, it is our great pleasure to present to you a fantastic St. Valentine’s icon set — exclusively designed by our illustrator Ricardo Gimenes for Smashing Magazine and its loyal readers. The icons presented are available in transparent and non-transparent PNGs (256×256px, 512×512, 1024×1024px), as well as in EPS format and are perfect for any projects you have coming up for St. Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

You may also want to take a look at the following related posts:

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Account Creation, Standalone Mobile Websites, And Dealing With Non-UX Designers

Editor’s note: Welcome to Smashing Magazine UX Design Q&A. It works like this: you send in questions you have about UX Design, and each month we’ll pick a handful of questions asked by our readers about best practices in designing smart and usable experiences. They will be answered by Christian Holst, a regular author here on Smashing Magazine and founder of the Baymard Institute. Prior to cofounding the Baymard Institute in 2009, he worked as a usability engineer in the hearing-aid, credit-card and consulting industries.

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