Playing with Fonts

In the olden days of the web (about 5 years ago) font choices for a website were severely limited. There were essentially half a dozen fonts you knew a user had on their computer, and those were the only ones you could safely use because a web browser got its fonts, not from the website, but the visitor’s computer.

That’s changing.

I’m experimenting with Google Fonts, a repository of fonts which are loaded by the website.

At the time of this writing, my headlines are all “Special Elite” and the rest of the copy is “Marmelad.”

Font Wars

It has long been accepted among designers that serif fonts are for print and sans-serif for screens (and if you like, display type and headings.)

Alex Poole writes persuasively that this is balderdash; urban myth perpetuated by the ignorant.

I’m going to find a beautiful sans-serif font and use it for the print version of my next mystery.

I already use serif fonts on many of the websites I’ve designed.

So far, nobody’s died from it.