By Gary Rozanc
Softcover, 196 pages, $59.95
Published by CRC Press
As a designer, it’s not an easy job to extend visual standards for typography across multiple mediums and specify them for web applications. Browsers, Devices, and Fonts: A Designer’s Guide to Fonts and How They Function on the Web by Gary Rozanc attempts to help with this task. The book doesn’t cover the fundamental aspects of type design and screen reading, nor the best design practices for typography on the page; it’s more of a guide that walks you through how to put fonts on a web page and get them to display correctly. It gives you what you need to let you make the typographic decisions that inform a design system and then hand your work off to a developer confidently.
Much of the book is highly technical and gets into the nitty-gritty right away. It covers how to set up a device lab, work with CodePen, implement hosted fonts from Typekit (now Adobe Fonts), understand file formats, optimize images, analyze page performance, work with breakpoints and much more. Although code snippets are provided, you will need to have some familiarity with writing HTML and CSS and implementing code. There is also a multitude of software tool options, and personal tips, so it may take you a while to meld all this advice into a workflow that’s right for you. If you know code and want to evaluate fonts on the page in order to make better design decisions, this book suffices. —Rachel Elnar