Web Design: A Guide to Choosing the Right Typeface

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Typography is important in any website. Websites offer information, and the easiest way to present this information is through text. Besides, people who are reading a well-typeset page are more engaged in the experienced and find that time will fly by faster. Good typography is not only a convenient carrier of information; it can also help engage website visitors. A blog from HuffingtonPost.com recommends a bold typeface, and “maybe one with a touch of whimsy.”

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“Now, don’t get us wrong, we love Helvetica as much as the next designer. When it comes to picking a font-face you want to pick something super easy to read, graphic, and maybe something a little, you know, whimsical.

Colin Nederkoorn, founder of Customer.io says that recently, ‘Proxima Nova has replaced Helvetica Neue as my sans-serif typeface of choice. They probably won’t make a movie about it, but if you want a sophisticated sans-serif typeface that the lay(wo)man won’t recognize, give Proxima Nova a shot.’

Some other good choices are Montserrat and Merriweather Sans.”

With some idea on some of the best typefaces that you can use today, it would probably be helpful to know what some of the worst typefaces that you should not use in web design. NicolesClasses.com has a list of the “condemned typefaces that you should never use”, with explanations below each typeface on why they are on the list. Here is a rundown of these typefaces.

  1. Papyrus
  2. Comic Sans
  3. Bradley Hand
  4. Zapfino
  5. Stencil
  6. Party Let Plain
  7. Wide Latin
  8. Curlz
  9. Apple Chancery
  10. Tekton
  11. Mistral
  12. Scripting

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To further help you out, here are some tips in choosing web fonts from CreativeBloq.com. there are so thousands of web fonts available to use on websites today, bringing aesthetics to print design to the web. These tips will show you how to best make use of them.

  1. Be selective
  2. Put type first
  3. Take your time
  4. Know what’s out there
  5. Look for specific suggestions
  6. Be mindful of file size
  7. Stay across browser updates
  8. Design for the medium
  9. Explore new scripts
  10. Test and test again
  11. Try before you buy
  12. Consider free web fonts
  13. Don’t go overboard
  14. Brush up on the basics
  15. Further reading

Typography plays an important role in modern web design. if chosen, it will make your content readable, scalable and enjoyable for your visitors. Aside from serving such practical aspects, typography can also have an aesthetic purpose. It can add character to your design, or help you bridge the gap between your design and content. Typography can supplement your design, if you can built your web design on it.

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