28 March 2009
Last Updated on 01 June 2011
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We've already discussed when we started this series on typography that typography may very well be one of the most important elements in any design. How do you know if your typography is strong enough? It should answer the following criteria:
- Lends to the design, not taking away from it.
- Easy to read and comprehend.
- Makes an impact and draws attention as needed.
You may be thinking, that SOUNDS easy but it can't possibly be. How do you actually accomplish ALL those things in a single design?
Typography is funny that way. To ensure that it's ADDING to your design, ask yourself the following questions:
- Does it really EXPRESS what I want it to say?
- Can it be read easily from a distance?
- If I've used "Fancy" fonts, am I sure they are at least 16pt? Large enough to read?
Now that we've determined what your text should accomplish, let's take a step back and discuss some other types of fonts. We've briefly mentioned that any "fancy" fonts would need to be large enough to read, so what does that entail? What are these "fancy" fonts I'm referring to?
To me, "fancy" fonts refer to anything that is not either simply Serif or Sans Serif.
DaFont.com, one of my favorite sites for typography inspiration, has several categories of these type faces, ranging from Grunge, Comic Book to Scripts and Calligraphy. Let's look at a few of these (the fonts I'm showcasing here are avialable on Dafont.com!)
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One important thing to note when you're looking at free fonts, watch the licensing laws they were released under. You will find that information on DaFont on the right side of the screen. Some are only free for personal use, others are simply free.
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We're gonna end here for today in an effort to avoid overloading you with information. We will pick up this topic and continue!