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Last time I wrote about free fonts , people complained arguing that free fonts can’t be used in professional designs, partly because of the lack of font variations. In this post, I’ve been looking for quality fonts that have more than one weight and found quite a few. Of course, these fonts don’t compare with Helvetica or Univers , but they are of good quality and usable in some professional designs. 1. Aller
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FontFriend is a bookmarklet for typographically obsessed web designers. It enables rapid checking of fonts and font styles directly in the browser without editing code and refreshing pages, making it the ideal companion for creating CSS font stacks. 2.0’s killer feature is instant drag-and-drop font previewing right in the browser (Firefox 3.6+, Chrome 7+), in any document you’re currently viewing.
This is not a detailed overview of typography, and was not intended to be.
Now that web designers suddenly face the challenge (and delight) of choosing fonts from an ever-growing selection, we thought it’s a good time to recommend some basic principles for making wise type choices. The slides from each of our four quick presentations are below, as well as audio generously provided by SXSW. If you’re short on time and feel like you know the fundamentals, skip ahead to the second half of the session — I think the Q&A is as useful as our prepared stuff. Of course, an hour is hardly enough time to deliver what one can get from the first day in a good Type 1 course, and as I listen to the audio I cringe at all the crap I missed or said poorly, but I think we did a decent job of introducing some concepts that will launch young designers more confidently into the new typographic web.
Creating great typeface combinations is an art, not a science. Indeed, the beauty of typography has no borders. While there are no absolute rules to follow, it is crucial that you understand and apply some best practices when combining fonts in a design. When used with diligence and attention, these principles will always yield suitable results. Today we will take a close look at some the best practices for combining typefaces — as well as some blunders to avoid. Combine a Sans Serif with a Serif
Organic shapes, formal structure, playful terminals, a restrained calligraphic flair. This is a 10-variant type family especially commissioned by the most important mobile phone and telecommunications company in Mexico, to be used in corporate communication, advertising and printed matter, as well as billboards, television and many other visual media. Concept, design and production by Gabriel Martínez Meave, for his typefoundry KTF (www.kimeratype.com) <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>