The New York Times Redesign(

over 6 years ago from Paul Trinko,

  • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, over 6 years ago

    An excerpt from the demo of Flawless Typography Checklist...

    Tighten your line height in headlines

    The standard line height of 1.5 is considered ideal for setting body text, however, for headlines and other large type, it is way too much. It’s common to see sites that use 1.5 across the board for all type, which leads to headlines with huge gaps between the lines. The larger that type is set, the less of a line height it needs. Begin with a line height of 1.0 and work your way up from there until your headlines look good. There shouldn’t be a large gap between lines but neither should the spacing be so tight that the ascenders and descenders touch.

    TL;DR: Using 1.05 line height for headings and 1.5 for body/paragraph text.

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