Friday, May 7, 2010
Don't let "art" interfere with content
The plain old basic black on white is obviously much easier to read than black or red on royal blue.
I'll never understand why people who put great effort into their words make it so hard for people to read them. This happens with books, websites, magazine articles, advertising, graffiti, any appearance of text.
People shouldn't have to squint, magnify, adjust, or solve a puzzle to read what you wrote.
If you have an unstoppable urge to use reverse type (light text on a dark background) limit it to a small block of type, such as a headline, but NEVER put an entire page in reverse. And if you do use a dark background, provide a lot of contrast. White on black or yellow on navy blue are OK. Red on purple sucks. A web page or book cover is NOT a Day-Glo concert poster.
And choose a type size that's big enough to be read without a microscope. A book or a website has more space than the back of a credit card. I have several books that I just can't read. This is a frustrating and unnecessary waste of money.
Don't let your medium hide, harm or destroy your message.
Eschew obfuscation and espouse elucidation, in content AND in form.