Typography is a HUGE part of the design world. Without good typography, you end up with a less than impressive finished product. Typography, aside from colour, is usually the first thing to grab peoples attention. The arrangement of type involves a few key things; such as: selecting your font, point size, line length, line-spacing, letter-spacing, and adjusting space within the letters. All of these have some fancy names that I learnt at school, but we will skip over the educational lesson today!
Today is about pretty fonts! I am going to be sharing with you my current font favourites that are a must-have in my font library! Wherever I go, I make sure I have them installed in my various softwares because they have a huge impact on my design.
When I was in school for graphic design, I always visited various font websites such as dafont, font squirrel, and lost type. While these are great resources for fonts, the only reason I was visiting them was because they were free! "Free" is music to a student's ears! Since completing my program and establishing my own brand, I have become more open to the idea of purchasing fonts. This may sound like a crazy idea when there are free fonts at our fingertips, but there is a reason that there are fonts available for purchase. They are designed by very talented people, who evidently need to make a living somehow, and the font packages are often equipped with more extras than the free fonts provide. These extras include things like ornamental lines, icons, and variations between thin, regular, semi-bold, bold, italic, inline, thin inline, dots... the list goes on!! When I first looked at some amazing fonts that were available for purchase, I merely laughed at the sight of the $80+ price tag for ONE font. But, I soon after discovered a website called design cuts. It's a resource that contains various design deals for a limited time at an insane discounted price! I have purchased two font packages through this site for $29 each which was a 90% off deal. The original price would have been over $300 (something I would never pay!!!), and there were over 25 fonts in the package! Talk about a sweet deal!
Here are some of my font favourites that are currently trending in the design world:
And here are two of my favourite FREE fonts!!
So there you have it! Fonts are a big deal when you're designing, so it's important to choose the right ones, and also use good complimentary fonts. There's nothing worse than using two fonts in the same design that have no business being placed together! I'll be sure to post another blog that discusses which fonts pair well together.
Until next time.