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Designing The Words: Why Copy Is A Design Issue

By Sam Wright

The relationship between copy and design has been covered1 many2 times3 on Smashing Magazine. Working in a content-focused industry, we need to keep this issue pretty close to heart; creating great copy is pointless if it is visually uninspiring or unreadable. Likewise, if the content doesn’t deliver, then even the most attractive page won’t hold the reader’s attention.

Yet much of the discussion so far has concentrated on issues such as microcopy — the small bits of text that instruct the reader on how to interact with the website — and the minutiae of user experience. This stuff is essential, of course, but in this chapter we’d like to broaden our focus to look at some of the fundamental ...

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