Choosing Fonts for Web Design

Washington Dc, MD (PressExposure) May 18, 2009 -- One of the most important aspects of web design is the font. There was a time when the types of fonts one can use are very limited. With the extensive collections of fonts now available online, many have taken liberty in using them for their websites.

According to an Orange County Web Design company, a designer should exercise caution in choosing fonts for a website. There are certain fonts that are suitable for various tasks and the cross-platform availability of a font should be taken into consideration. An expert on Orange County Web Design further adds that unique, wild, and distinctive fonts are not often used because they tend to distract the reader from what the website contains.

Any Orange County Web Design company would suggest using fonts that are easy to read. The size of the font shouldn’t be too small and you can use different sizes of font even in one paragraph. Use properties like bold, italics, or underline to emphasize some words and to create impact. It is important to keep the fonts simple and clean. Although it can be tempting to use elaborate fonts, they are not appropriate for all kinds of websites.

It is important that the font you will be using is web safe, which means that it works on most browsers and most operating systems. Below are some of the most commonly used fonts in websites.

*Georgia – Designed in 1993 by Matthew Carter for Windows. It is designed for clarity on a computer monitor even at small sizes.

*Arial – Designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders for Monotype Typography. It is extremely versatile and can be used in reports, presentations, magazines, newspapers, and advertising and promotions.

*Courier New – Designed by in 1955 by Howard Kettler. It was designed to resemble the output from a strike-on typewriter, where the columns of the characters are consistently aligned.

*Trebuchet – Designed in 1996 by Vincent Connare for Microsoft. It is one of Microsofts, core fonts for the web and it is described by Microsoft as a good web design font.

*Lucida Console – Designed in 1985 by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. It is one of the few typefaces that provide full-textured text and mathematical typesetting within the now-defunct TeX.

*Verdana – Designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft. It is designed to be readable even at small sizes on a computer screen.

*Times New Roman – Designed in 1931 by Stanley Morison and Victor Lardent. It is one of the most successful and ubiquitous typefaces in history.

*Lucida Sans Unicode - Designed in 1985 by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. It is designed to support the most commonly used characters defined in version 2.0 of the Unicode standard.

*Tahoma – Designed in 1994 by Matthew Carter for Microsoft. It was designed as a bitmap rather than outlines and its bold weight is heavy.

*Impact – Designed in 1965 by Geoffrey Lee. It has ultra-thick strokes, compressed letter-spacing, and minimal interior counterform.


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