By David Kadavy
The ruin hit introductory layout booklet that debuted at #18 on Amazon
Hackers may be able to accomplish lots in so little time simply because they arrive from a neighborhood that's equipped upon sharing wisdom. by way of programming, they could study no matter what they should examine via studying manuals, or just typing in a Google seek. yet studying layout isn't so simple.
Many layout books attempt to train layout via lists of "do's" and "don'ts." yet hackers be aware of you would like a deeper knowing of anything to truly do it good. Design for Hackers takes aside layout by means of "reverse-engineering" Impressionist portray, Renaissance sculpture, the Mac OS X Aqua interface, Twitter's net interface, and masses extra. You'll find out about colour idea, typography, proportions, and layout ideas. This theoretical suggestion is blended with concrete, actionable suggestion reminiscent of feedback for colour scheme instruments, and a chart of "all of the fonts you'll ever need."
By the top of the booklet, you'll be seeing layout via new eyes.
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So much has changed in the way language is conveyed and consumed, but in the Western world we’ve been using some derivation of the Roman alphabet for hundreds of years. In typography, as in the design of the iPad, form cannot be disconnected from material. Form also can’t be disconnected from language. Jan Tschichold, one of the most outspoken and opinionated typographers of the 20th century, stated this well in The Form of the Book: Since typography appertains to each and all, it leaves no room for revolutionary changes.
Hey, you might even be a little like Mike yourself. indd 29 7/27/11 7:01 PM 30 D E S I G N F O R H A C K E R S You can see that even with just a few words, we already know quite a bit about our typical user, and quite a few things about how he would like to use our product. He’s tech-savvy, so he can probably figure out a somewhat complex interface. Also, he wants it to be easy to have conversations and to promote products. Use cases Use cases (sometimes called user stories) help you more efficiently solve some of the most important issues and uses that your users typically have.
Evenness of weight, or texture, is important to the legibility and readability of typography. Letters or blocks of text that are free from disproportionately light or heavy spots allow the letterforms themselves to shine through and be read easily. Figure 3-3 shows how a block of text set in Helvetica differs in texture from a block of text set in Comic Sans. I’ve blurred both blocks of text and bumped up the contrast so you can experience an objective form of squinting and identify areas that are excessively light or dark.