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Web Readability – Size and Rhythm

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To make sure larger blocks of text are readable on the web and across all devices you need to go with a fairly large (16px will do) base font size, 1.5em line height (proven to increase readability), 1.125em paragraph margin-bottom (will make the text easier to scan). Even quicker win is to copy-paste this into your main CSS file, right after the CSS reset:
p {font-size: 16px;line-height: 1.5em;margin-bottom: 1.125em;}
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Relevant question based CAPTCHA replacement

Quick Win

Instead of using image based CAPTCHA ask the users questions related to the content they are interacting with. This is more fun than trying to decipher one or two usually meaningless words or even a totally random string of characters. If you want no brainer questions, ask what the given article is about or what your site is selling. If it’s a contact form, you can ask something related to contacting the site’s owner. Like “In which city in the United Kingdom is the warehouse of this web shop located?” A question like this can reinforce that the shipping will be fast, because the goods are shipped from mainland UK, not Hong Kong for instance.
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Web Readability – Font Shapes

Quick Win

To make sure larger blocks of text are readable across all devices you need to pick a “proven to be readable” font-family like Helvetica, and add Arial, sans-serif as a fall-back. Even quicker win is to copy-paste this into your main CSS file, right after the CSS reset:
body {font-family:"Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;}
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The web safe area

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Start webdesign by selecting the most likely platform for your app/site, and create a design for that first. Find the lowest resolution with more than 3% market share on the said platform. Find the minimum viewport size in that case. The most commonly used web safe area is 980×500px.
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The Golden Ratio in UX Design

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If you are looking for the most pleasing proportion between two things you should start with the golden ration (they can be anything from paddings on websites to proportions of buildings). In UX design we can live with the rough estimate of 1.618 for this irrational number.
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