When it comes to developing a technically sound and fully functional website, the industry experts are often heard as saying “content is king.” However, what they do forget is there is something quite as important, if not more, as the content itself. It is the typography or the fonts being used to publish and display that content.
A lot has been said and done about the content and typography, but we understand you are no novice beginner, diving in the world of website design and development.
Even if you are, below we provide you the cream of the information you need to know, in order to understand the utility of the fonts in your website, and specific details you need to work on, in order to optimally use the same for developing and mind boggling website. These information would surely help you in developing mobile websites.
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Knowing, Categorizing and Making use of the right font
The reason why it is extremely important to know and categorize the fonts is because it saves a lot of time of the developers. If you have already grouped the fonts under various categories, after studying and understanding the same, you would know which font to use where and hence it will save you a lot time which you may otherwise have to sacrifice, if the choice of fonts is not up to the mark.
When it comes to categorizing the fonts, the users have the choices of two plans: one basic and one advanced.
In the basic plan, the fonts can be distributed on the basis of its availability. It could be – first, the fonts which come loaded along with the system, second, the fonts that are available for free, and third, the font you may have to pay for.
The advanced plan however distributes the fonts into much more useable and meaningful groups. The distribution spans over – Display Fonts, Text Fonts and Pixel Fonts.
They particularly solve one basic purpose of the website, to display the main parts of the content in the most exquisite and eloquent manner. If website is like building the house, then these forms are like shiny metal show pieces being put for display on the walls. There entire task is to just hang in up there and display and these fonts are best if you need to represent the website laconically.
These are the fonts which are often used for representing the paragraphs of the website. When it comes to the text fonts, the designers and developers over the world has a few common choices like Arial, Lucida and Georgia. Calibri is another groovy addition to the list and then there is Helvetica, the favorite of pop culture.
Pixel fonts are the best, if you are into developing mobile apps and mobile websites. You must have come across these fonts while playing your favorite 8 bit arcade game. The letters of these fonts comprise of little fine dots etc., which make them amazingly readable, even at the small screen size of mobile devices and they work fine even with low resolutions. These fonts are optimally readable, both by the machine and the users, thus they are dual purpose solving fonts.
Glyph Palette – your Doorway for Creating Magical Websites
If you are really serious about excelling in the field of typography and using the right form for the right purpose, you have with you the magic wand of Harry Potter, in the form of Adobe’s Glyph Palette. The Glyph Palette of Adobe provides you with a grid of fonts, and you can easily scroll through the same and avail yourself as many as thousands of various font styles.
Though it may get too over whelming for the users, but Adobe takes care of the same. It allows you to filter the selections and have a restrictive view of ligatures and number sets and capitals etc.
It also provides you with the alternatives of your choices. You can simply select a letter and use the power of glyph palette to display the alternatives of the same.
Spend some time simply exploring the powerful features of glyph palette and you would know that you own a powerful tool in your hand, to come up with the most impressive fonts and designs.
Learning Typography must be co terminus
If building a website can be compared to constructing a house, a building etc., then understanding fonts is like learning architecture. Making the website enjoyable and accessible to the human senses is the outcome of highly defined, refined and intricate understanding of the fonts.
One Final Thought
Thus, if you wish to continue delivering acclaimed and unrivalled web products and applications, you must make the task of understanding fonts indispensable to your life as a designer / developer. Keep yourself continuously updated with whatever is new and happening in the field of fonts.