When I began laying out out this blog redesign I looked back to Wilson Miner's post Relative readability for reference. It was that post and Oliver Reichenstein's The 100% Easy-2-Read Standard which left an imprint on me when considering readability across devices.
I'm noting this today because during my research I had to do a double take... Miner's post is 5 years old this October and Reichenstein's is 7 years old this November. Time does fly! Both are great reads not only for their execution, but also as terrific examples of design thinking in general. They still stand strong today and will continue to do so.
One of my favorite quotes from the Relative readability post is a question posed to Miner...
Why go so big on type? Could not the same effect be achieved with smaller sizes?
So big? Yup, in 2008 Miner's redesign was considered so big. Both author's design thinking then foreshadowed design ideas today. Take a look at sites like Medium, A List Apart, Brad Frost's blog, and Jeffrey Zeldman's blog, for example. In 2012 Zeldman goes as far as to call his redesign a manifesto, questioning what we are familiar with...
...I don’t think this design is a mistake. I think it is a harbinger. We can’t keep designing as we used to if we want people to engage with our content.
It's these types of posts from Miner and Reichenstein that inspire even years after they were published, and posts like Zeldman’s that ask us again to question what we have become accustomed to.
We should all process our design thinking with such detail and vigor.
And on that note I need to continue working on this layout. I love me some Futura PT but I'm not yet convinced it works well for... readability.