We have so far gone into Type Personality Part 1 and Type Personality Part 2. I think now we are ready to go into various things that come into consideration when designing type for your website or in other words Web Typography or Web Typography personality. This is one of the key points we go into during our Web Design Comprehensive course.
The first thing to note is that until a short while ago there were very limited amounts of fonts that actually were usable on websites, and there were not so pretty, actually they were pretty boring. A person needed to save their text as images in order to get a pretty font on their site. Now with Google fonts and other font replacement methods you can put some really great fonts in use on your site.
How to install and work with Google Fonts? Click here to get started. Then check out all of these great fonts that are waiting to be used on your site. Just be picky and don’t use them all at one time. Click here to see all the Google Font options!
First of all when you are designing for the web it is a more dynamic experience. Since a person cannot feel, touch or smell your website, you need to really concentrate on creating the right atmosphere. Well, what does this mean? Depending on the colors, pictures, textures used a person gets the feeling of warmth, professionalism, a sense of nature, coldness etc. Additionally, using the right typeface will tie that all in together.
What are some helpful pointers that will guide you to the appropriate font that will work on a website?
- If you are trying to give a more personal vibe, then go for a handwritten/script font for the main headline, and pair it with a sans serif or serif for the sub heads and body text. A font like Great Vibes and Pacifico are some great script looks.
- How about for a cool corporate look? Try out some fonts that mean business such as Tino, Camaron, or Bevan. Match that with a simple body text in either serif or sans serif and you are good to go!
- How about a child oriented site: Try out some fonts that have a childish, fun look. What are some good fonts? How about Henny Penny, it has a fun quirky look. Another great one is Gochi Hand.
The key thing is to remember that your typography you choose is super important and becomes part of the atmosphere you are creating.
One more amazing resource for trying out different fonts and see how they work together. Check out the amazing Font Combinator. You could try it out for both Graphic Design and Web Design.