Since I started designing, I’ve been very interested in typography. For me it’s a big part of graphic/web/print design - good typography can really lift a piece while bad typography can completely ruin it.
Getting into typography can be intimidating and confusing, there are so many things to keep track of - kerning, x-height, legibility, styles and weight and the list goes on.
There are as many opinions on typography as there are typefaces, here’s my take on it. Step by step.
One of the first steps in the process is selecting typefaces (the terms font and typeface can be used interchangeably these days). There are literally thousands of different typefaces out there, ranging from free to several hundred dollars.
It’s very tempting to go on Google and search for free typefaces if you don’t know where to start. There are some reasons why it's advisable to look a little further.
Before deciding what typeface to use, you need to think about what you’re gonna use it for. Is it a body text for a long book? For a graphic poster? Different typefaces work for different purposes.
Hopefully this will help in the quest for the perfect typeface. Please contact me with any feedback on Twitter. This article can also be found on Medium.
You can keep reading, part 2 is found here.
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