Views: 1020 Centered text and text effects
Welcome to my very first blog post.
One aspiration of guide authors (including me) is to make a guide look nice and fancy. However, I feel like many authors make the mistake of trying to make their guide look nice without taking readability into account.
The readability is an indicator of how easy the information gets across.
When thou shall use Centered Text
Behold this proclamation
For Centered Text
May only be used
Below Centered Headers
"But hey, Kata, I got centered headers D: wdym"
Well yes, that may be. But the centered text will consist of a couple of sentences that start at different places. The result is that rather than ABSORBING the PRECIOUS information, the eyes have to play HIDE AND SEEK. This is tiring and can be detrimental for your readers' willingness to read what you write.
The solution: uncenter the header (SPOILER: centered header with uncentered text often does not look good). Headers don't have to be centered to fulfill their purpose. Make them a little bigger, indent them and they'll be fine (but please, do not go HAM with text effects...)
The text effects! Boom. Flash. Fancy. One could say that color is a good way of making a guide look good. But what actually happens is that my eyes become sore and makes them roll out of their sockets. I want to read the information but my eyes don't get the chance and grow tired. Even worse, if you Rainbow Color your guide it often ends up being all over the place, lacking a theme and thus cohesion - making it harder to read.
Text doesn't need fifty shades of color to look fancy, a nice alignment (aka not centered) and paragraphs are all you need. There are occasions where you may want to highlight certain sentences/words. But this only happens in large paragraphs/pieces or text, in ability tooltips or in other niche cases.
Here are some (extremely well-presented) guides that highlight some things in text using color, but keep it very reserved. Do not get distracted by the rest of the graphic, but just focus on the text (also note the lack of centered text).
L3gislacerator's Taric Guide
Any of Sleepininthegarden's guides
You can even get away with not highlighting any sentences/words at all, here are some great guides that do this:
Any of Jovy's guides
Any of Maintained's guides
Two more color things:
- Avoid coloring entire paragraphs; the only exception are tooltips
- Avoid making the item section rainbow colored. Yes, if you give every header (if used) the same color scheme as the corresponding item you get an item section that is all over the place. Is your guide theme Elementalist Lux? No? Try to match header color with your guide theme!
Hol' up! Stop! Right there! Freeze!
Doing this will decrease the readability. It won't look fancier and it will assault your reader's eyes instead.
Now, increasing the size of entire paragraphs doesn't necessarily make the text harder to read. But it doesn't add anything either. If anything, it is just a waste of space... If people can't read tiny text they can just zoom in with the browser right?
after editing before you can see what's not right.
At a cost: it will be my completely honest opinion
(no fluffing around, no niceties, straight to the point).
That will conclude my