Which Font Should I Use

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 12:16 AM – Tips and Hints

When people create web pages and/or brochures they tend to make one major mistake that turns people off quickly. They cram too much information into small spaces. This mistake is compounded when the wrong font choices are made.

I’m not just talking off the top of my head. For the past two years I have had a job that required me to do internet research. You can not begin to imagine the awful web pages that I have seen, tried to read, suffered through, etc. Maybe you can. You probably have been there yourself.

Anyhow, pretty, fancy, fonts are not always easy to read. Great for wedding invitations, but perhaps not so great on a web site in large qualities.

So before you start creating your masterpiece, you can save yourself a bucket full of time by looking at your font choices, one after another in real text, using Font Book. See my previous blog entry for more about Font Book.

To do this trick you need to get to the Font Book application. You can select Applications > Font Book. Or, if you are already in an application, select Command + T and when the Font Book window opens, click on the cog wheel in the bottom left corner and select “Manage Fonts”

There you will find all your fonts, and next to each one is a sample of the font in upper and lower case. In the upper right corner is a pull-down box that lets you adjust the size of the font.

But there is one more cool thing. If you select Command + 3 the example text will be highlighted and you can then type over it, entering text of your own to see what it will look like in real sentences. You can even copy and paste from an existing document into the area to see what it will look like. Keep clicking on different fonts in the list and your sample text stays in place, but displays in each font you choose. I recommend that you include some numbers in your sample. Numbers in the fancy fonts can be funky.

More Font Book Tips in my next entry.

Nancy

 

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