things we learned

lessons from working in the design and web development business

How we learned to leave default font-size alone and embrace the em

(…) Our design decisions are now more commonly informed by the context in which a component lives in the page, and how it adapts fluidly and proportionally within that environment, regardless of its pixel-based scale (…)

Filament Group’s blog on why re-setting the browser’s default font-size just because it’s easier to do the math needed for relative units may be a less-than-good idea when applying contemporary webdesign principles. Make sure to read the follow-up on rems and ems as well.