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Choosing Typography For Web Design
I've done the Typography course in teamtreehouse, however, i'm still not sure how to decide what font to use for a webpage ( one that suits the content and bring out its character ). Is there a set of guideline i can folllow when choosing font for the web?
Francesco Belvedere15,206 Points
Zoltan is correct. Choosing a font takes into consideration a lot of factors but mainly what the page is intended for and the style and feel you are going for.
I would also say that learning how to choose fonts also boils down to experience and practice. Choose some font foundries online and start familiarizing yourself with different typefaces. Some typefaces are specifically made for screen use and others specifically for printing. You need to know the difference.
Read some books on typography as well to learn the history and methods of production behind each typeface. Look at other print designs, magazines and websites for inspiration.
Most of all be curious and have fun with type. Its a big world and takes a lot to explore and learn its history and nuances.
Some of my favorites resources are: • Letter Fountain (book) http://www.amazon.com/Letter-Fountain-Joep-Pohlen/dp/3836525097 • The Elements of Typographic Style (book) http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Typographic-Style-Version-Anniversary/dp/0881792128/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430872472&sr=1-1&keywords=the+elements+of+typographic+style • On How to Choose a Typeface (PDF book) http://classic.fontshop.com/education/pdf/type_selection.pdf
Some foundry resources: • Erik Spiekermann's FontShop https://www.fontshop.com • Typekit https://typekit.com/ • Google Font https://www.google.com/fonts
Zoltán Holik3,401 Points
It depends on where you use the font (What kind of webpage), and it depends on the actually web font trends. But the key is readability.
- A business like webpage ( Arial, Helvetica, Garamond)
- A luxury like webpage (Vanity)
- Or a modern look webpage (Open sans, Roboto, Lato)