I was searching for sites on web design, and I came across a novel concept: The primary goal of a site's design should be to be easy to read. Who would've thought? This new layout is the first layout I ever made with that focus in mind. Usually my design goal is "Show off", or "Try some new HTML/CSS tricks", or... well, that's about it.
I despise web design, as a rule. But I always find typography to be somehow fascinating. I remember over a decade ago sitting in Windows 3.1 on my first computer trying to make my own font files. And of course I begged my parents for a calligraphy pen, which I had lots of fun with. Serif vs. non-serif, letter height proportions, width proportions, spacing, those kinds of things, and their relation to easiness to read. I thought this article about whitespace was really interesting, especially the part saying:
Less whitespace = cheap; more whitespace = luxury.
My old layout was very cluttered and light on the whitespace, and it DID look cheap. I wasn't going for "cheap" when I made it, more like "informal" or "fun". But same idea. This time I wanted to go for something less cheap, so I have lots more whitespace.
Regardless, I am not at all skilled at web design, or typography, or anything of the sort. But it is fun to dabble sometimes.