Details

I published this site redesign last month knowing it was imperfect, and I've finally returned to it to fix all the little details that weren't great.


Typography

I changed up my typography with the redesign, which was cool and fun at first, until I realized some problems:

  • The visual hierarchy among H1/H2/H3 was off, especially on smaller screens.
  • Hatton, my title font, didn't look good at smaller sizes because of how thin it is.
  • Using Hatton for two heading levels felt too much, like using an accent colour too many times.
Old typography.
Similar headings 1 and 2.
H1/H2 - too similar
Heading 2 is a strong serif, heading 3 is a thin display font.
H1/H2 - H2 is too strong
Heading 3 is a strong serif, heading 2 is a thin display font.
H3/H2 - H3 is too strong

Changes

  • Use Hatton only for H1 page titles, and shifted all of my heading styles up a level.
    • H1: Hatton
    • H2: Tiempos Headline
    • H3: Inconsolata
    • H4: Tiempos Text, italic + bold
  • Use the variable font file for Hatton, and adjust the weight depending on font size. Smaller font size → heavier weight, to compensante for the reduced readability of its size.
    • Larger screens: font-weight: 200
    • Smaller screens: font-weight: 250
Updated typography.
Heading 1 is a thin display font, and heading 2 is a strong serif but sized down.
H1/H2
Heading 2 is sized down significantly.
H1/H2
Heading 3 is a monospace font, heading 2 is a strong serif.
H3/H2

Drop Shadows

I discovered this post by Josh W Comeau on creating better shadows with CSS box-shadow a while back, but didn't get around to implementing it until now. It's wonderful.

Black drop shadow using default CSS styling.
Before, normal box-shadow
Softer dark pink drop shadow with more depth.
After, made beautiful with the generator