Archive for the ‘Typography’ Category
Slab fonts – this is a collective naming for a group of fonts with rectangular shaped serifs. These fonts can be with or without roundings in the points of attachment to the basic strokes.
The earliest fonts of this type appeared in England in the early XIX-s century. According to the shape of ovals and serifs, these fonts can be divided into several subgroups: Egyptian, Geometric, Humanist fonts and slab fonts of a Clarendon group. Also, into this group some designers refer squared fonts with reverse contrast (Italic).
Since 1957 when the Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger created Helvetica, newspapers, magazines, and websites are using Helvetica as their primary font. Originally it was called Neue Haas Grotesk.
This information may sound a bit strange but…creators of Helvetica were at a loss when they found out that their brainchild (that graced airport terminals and store signs, actually it was everywhere), is bad for remembering.
So many blog posts have already been written about western fonts. People have discussed the theory of font faces, their influence on a reader, have created various round-ups of Cursive, Handwritten, Decorative, Serifs, Sans Serif and Script fonts.
Each font of a typeface has a specific weight, style, condensation, width, slant, italicization, ornamentation, and a designer or foundry (formerly size, in metal fonts). There are thousands of different typefaces in existence, with new ones being developed constantly.
But have you ever thought what is typography like in China? In fact, Chinese language does not have the term “typography” in that very sense western people use it. Perhaps it’s strange that the culture which recognizes calligraphy as one of the highest arts, says that printing is purely technical exercise.
Despite the relative tendency to asceticism in today’s web design, awesome typography solutions will never lose their relevance.
The essence is simple: the universe of web design rotates around the content, namely round the information core every website possesses. Typography and design are inseparable like Siamese twins, which in most cases can’t exist individually as all their vital organs are common and work for life support of the whole organism.
But let’s return to the virtual objects…
To sell your service or at least make the user know something about you is not an easy task, as to absorb a piece of information we should notice and read it at first. Website owners are ready to play every possible and the most incredible tricks to catch visitor’s attention and direct it onto their content. Here text and typography may become utterly useful instruments in the dexterous hands of expert developers that will drill into customers’ minds even before they notice the intrusion.
Thanks to Adobe Corporation, designers have a wonderful polygon for their big and small experiments; we are talking about Adobe Photoshop and related software, of course. However, even the greatest Photoshop wizard won’t lose a single chance to learn something new and fresh in order to apply the artistic technique in current or future project and produce a ‘Wow’ effect in the web community.
Most of the designers browse their favorite resources in search of useful creative tutorials on regular bases. If you are one of them, we’d try to please you with a compilation of the best recent step-by-step text effect tutorials that were scattered all over the web. Now all of them are in one place, like precious gems in a box, for your convenient and time-saving experience. By the way, all stuff you’ll come across is free to view, read and learn. Use it and don’t let your visitors be bored online.
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90% of the info on the Internet are texts. It’s quite logical that designers need to have a good basis when forming the look of written information on websites they create. There are lots of typography-based designs where font is the key element. That’s because devs have an opportunity to play with different types of fonts, thus create fascinating effects with Photoshop and CSS.
Choosing appropriate font can be really difficult; it involves lots of creativity and precision. Fonts should ‘organize published material’ so that visitors will not feel uncomfortable reading texts on your site. Otherwise you will not be able to get their attention and achieve the goal. Therefore, if you want to apply professional fonts for your designs that would be a great idea, but only if those fonts were created with much skill and professionalism.
Choosing the right typography will make site’s appearance look well and adequate. So, in this post we’ve collected examples of successful fonts for your inspiration. Each and every item from this list is absolutely free. Under the image you’ll see the list of numbers where you can download your preferable font.
No matter what you are reading a book, article on a website, the content rarely captures your attention, this role is usually given to the headers. Competent and attractive header is the foundation for the whole web page/article or anything else. The header should not only summarize the contents of the page, but attract attention of readers, so that they will get through the page. Trust me, this is not so easy to achieve.
There are tons of different ways to create an unusual title, and the main aspect in their creation is the selection of a font. There are many different fatty and big fonts, but specifically to find one that attracts attention, it’s sometimes extremely difficult.
Any design has lots of inherent elements, and one of those is the font. As a rule every website comprises no more than two font faces for the content part and a third one for the header. So let’s have a look at 20 attention grabbers that will kick-start your website headers.
Сhosing font face is one of the key steps in designing website or any other UI. One of the main disadvantages of typography is a relatively small number of font groups. Unfortunately there are only four of them Serif, Sans Serif, Script and Decorative. But each one of these four groups includes great amount of fonts that it makes pretty hard to pick the most appropriate one.
Eventually, when you picked a font for your design, the result may not seem to be satisfactory. In this case you can make use of various jQuery typography plugins that will certainly give you some super useful features and allow to manipulate web text like never beforeand perform this with a bang. Today’s blog post rounds up 12 of the most unique typography plugins that allow you to fine tune your type as well as create some cool effects. Feel free to use them.
TypeButter allows you to set optical kerning for any font on your website. If you’re longing for beautifully laid out text that today’s browsers just don’t provide, this is the plugin for you! Also, don’t forget to check out delicious curved text using jQuery Bacon.
jQuery typesetting plugin balances the measures. Depending on the amount of text in columns they will be either contracted or expanded.
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TemplateMonster is hurrying up to declare its sincere feelings and absolute devotion to our blog readers as today is February 14th, Saint Valentine’s Day, the very best moment to give way to emotions!
Are you planning something special for today? Maybe you are going to arrange a party in ancient Roman style similar to Lupercalia, the fertility celebration served as a prototype inherited by Christians to commemorate the name of Valentine.
Or you have bought a huge box of the most delicious sweets and are going to eat them together with your darling. By the way, Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates especially for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800s, while the holiday itself had been officially declared by England’s King Henry VII in 1537. But let’s return to your candies! Did you know that the world’s famous lover, Casanova, believed that eating chocolate makes him virile? Do you think that was his secret?
If you are going to buy roses, you can say that your choice have fallen upon the red ones because your sweetheart deserves only the very best and red roses were the favorite flowers of Venus, the Roman goddess of love. (We are sure she will be touched.)
As to the Cupid, a symbol of Valentine’s Day, he is also not casual guest on our celebration. According to the mythology Cupid was the son of Venus, so it’s quite natural that he is associated with the holiday.
Speaking about love gifts, it’s really difficult to outbid the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, who erected the dazzling Taj Mahal in India as a memorial to his beloved wife, but surely we don’t need to iterate other’s stories, no matter how beautiful they are. It’s always better to go your own inimitable way.
For this purpose we have collected some of the newest and the cutest free fonts, which are illustrated with the help of smart quotes about love. Write your unique love stories and letters with their help and don’t forget about many “XXXXXs” in the end as the “X” symbol is a synonymous of kiss from medieval times. As the story goes, the illiterate people who couldn’t write their names, put down this sign in front of a witness, then the “X” was kissed as a prove of sincerity.
Traditionally, the 14th of February is a hot time for weddings as most of the couples believe that the spirit of holiday will make their love union lasting and happy. Wedding store owners can follow this link to browse nice WordPress Wedding Themes made by our designers. Who knows, maybe one of them will provide a good start for your site.
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Free Font: Rex
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Free Font: Abraham Lincoln
Image Credit: Stock Photo by Shutterstock
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Have you ever been distressed by inclement using of fonts on your computer? Have you ever got angry when you have to spend the whole investigation just to find out how to make a simple operation with the text? Oh, you just didn’t know about font managers.
But let’s leave this commercial style, I’m not trying to make an advertisement.
First of all, a quick definition. Font manager is a tool that facilitates handling with fonts. Instead of working manually and wasting precious time a user can easily install and uninstall fonts, browse and preview any number of them (saying objectively, that is really needful if the amount is large). And these are features by default, developers are always trying hard to make use of their font manager utilities as comfortable as possible. Some interesting extra features, just for example: search for needed fonts; organize fonts by groups and libraries; sort fonts according to different criteria etc.
Wait. I’m sorry: most probably you are a web-cognizant person, or even a pro web-designer, that’s why you don’t need any noob-oriented explanations.
But still, you are reading this article about the font managers, so I dare to assume that you’re not satisfied with your current font tool (in case you have it: strange, but some web-guys really don’t know about that water in the typography desert) and you are searching for some helpful info that is guaranteed to improve and ease the process of working with fonts. Well, I’ve made research and below there is a list of the top font managers with detailed descriptions. I hope, the information will be useful for you, but anyway you’re always welcome to leave comments if something is missing.
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Awards: Best Mac OS X Leopard Student Product 2009 Winner
Fontcase font manager elegance is not a cunning move to attract more clients, but just a nice addition to high-quality font tool. Still, the beauty of Fontcase interface is the main appeal for me (honestly, I didn’t know the simple process of fonts previewing can be designed so pleasing to the eye). Also I must mention about such useful and original feature as Typedia integration, which makes an organization of the fonts in the library really interactive and even a little bit social.
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As you remember HTML is a markup language, but its creators wanted to improve the lives of website designers and programmers adding elements and parameters that are responsible for the appearance of the whole page including tags < font >, < b >, < i >, < bgcolor > and so on.
But at some point, the page’ code turns to be so unwieldy and unreadable that it becomes clear – this road leads “to nowhere.” Then it was decided to divide the page markup (HTML) and its visual design (CSS). Together, HTML and CSS can work wonders though you know it for sure.
The structure of the text is as important as its content. The probability that the user will not even read extremely well-written, but unformed text is very large, that’s why apply a bit of efforts to bring your articles in a readable form. What’s below are the CSS typography tools that can be used to give extra readability to your text by applying corresponding grid, font, font color etc. I hope this article will help you with this.
Typechart lets you flip through, preview and compare web typography while retrieving the CSS.
If you have a site heavy on text content, author thinks paying fine-grained attention to the underlying grid is important.
A lot has already been said about mobile web design; numerous battles took place considering the necessity of this type of websites. Still there is no clear answer if we need them or not. Those who got used to them still provide constant updates of their mobile web resources. Others consider them simply time killers, because we can all benefit from an amazing responsive website designs that nipped in the bud the necessity to build mobile websites.
We can say that mobile websites simply evolved into apps. Nowadays all large websites have their own apps developed for specific mobile platforms. Simply downloading this app and logging in you get “almost full” access to your content preserving original fonts and their readability. Top 5 downloaded apps are the following:
- Google Earth
Still, when designing a responsive website you need to be sure that your typography is responsive and will perfectly fit in smartphone layout remaining fully legible. Here web designers can benefit from some plugins and tools that will make texts fully responsive:
Simply adding this plugin into your website your headlines will become responsive.
Fittext is a lightweight jQuery plugin that allows to turn website typography from static to responsive.
This time we wanted to present you a unique assortment of 25 catchy and free outlined fonts. Such fonts differ from other types of fonts as they provide your design a transparent feel. Outlined fonts can be applied in various kinds of designs and can portray different ideas. Thus, if you are looking for something new and lighter, outlined fonts will definitely work for you. Though, outlined fonts are not so common in use but there are some designs and situations where they can fit in well enough and make your design look very attractive, additionally they are good for bright headlines. We hope that you will like this collection. Grab this amazing chance and start browsing through this cool collection.
“The secret of type is that it speaks.”
Someday typography study was a real science. Nowadays we can download various fonts from the Internet and adjust them according to our needs. Using graphic editing software we can make our fonts bolder, change their size and do whatever we want. As a rule, we get a mixture that doesn’t always reflect the sense of words, nor does produce the adequate psychological reaction of consumers.
Nevertheless psychology of type is not always given the necessary level of importance especially in web design where text plays major role in the whole presentation. Thinking over this idea, ask yourself a question whether fonts presented on your web resource reflect your brand identity or do they reflect the promise you wanted to deliver the users.
By now this question can be hard to get an answer to, so keep reading and till the end of our article you’ll be able to figure out what emotional reactions and psychological perceptions the font of your web resource evokes.
The Psychology of Type
When selecting a font, there’s a 100% guarantee that you rely on its aesthetic virtues. Do you know that every font has its own psychological impact? Any font you take feels different. Here’s a proof!
Open one of your recent text documents, press Ctrl+A and change the font to Times New Roman? Take a moment and realize how the page feels, now change the font to Arial? Do you feel anything? Seems like the whole text presentation turned into less formal and spacious, doesn’t it? You can do this trick with any other font you like.
Let’s make some more tricks with your text, open the paragraph panel – here you can change the space lining between the lines of text. Use different options and try to remember what you felt when the spacing increased or decreased. At some points the text may be a bit cramped, at others become loose. You can also play around with the “After” option which refers to the space after each paragraph. Try deleting it to see how important the gutters between paragraphs are – without them you can’t tell when a new paragraph begins. You may not notice that but in web design there exists such a motto: “Whatever you do visually has an impact.”
All elements of design you produce affect user experience. Typography has a major role in user interface; after all, what else do your users interact with more than with what they read?
Excellent typography looks attractive while it remains completely functional. The beauty of typography lies in its ability to communicate vividly with visitors and keep them informed about what they’ve come to the website for. Although graphics play a key role in any web design, properly implementing typography they create effective results especially when they are not underestimated.
In this post we’ve focused on the fonts that are best to be used for bright and snazzy headlines. Headline is the first part that makes an impression on the reader/web user. The headline written in “poor” font may result in high bounce rate. The font should be selected carefully and provide good readability and aesthetic appeal.
Feel free to mix and match following free fonts because there are no conventional rules when it comes to the font usage. Be creative and we hope these will contribute to your awesome titles.
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Typography in web design is an extremely challenging task since it involves a lot of creativity and sensibility. Fonts must be relative to the content and need to chosen carefully, especially the ones that are used in the header/title of the web page. The header is the most visible part of the whole website, if user sees the font that is uncomfortable for his eyes, he or she may leave the resource at once. To have a professional typography in the design is a great idea but only when it is performed with much skill and efficiency.
In this post we made a round-up of TemplateMonster’s templates to visualize the efficiency of typography as a mean to grab user’s attention. In these examples your will see how our designers use tracking & kerning as well as leading techniques to stir up user’s interest towards the content of the template. In the following examples you will see practical application of these techniques and in the end of the post you will also find other impressive typography effects in templates and several examples of logo reveals where typography effects that play major role in the whole presentation of the content.
Tracking is a horizontal spacing between letters. It can be used to slightly tighten a paragraph to remove widows or orphans in text or add very loose spacing to create more artistic effect. Changing the tracking directly may affect greatly the readability. This technique works best in large blocks of text when letter spacing is altered slightly. In projects where type is used as more of an art element, loose or tight tracking techniques can be very effective. We should mention that tracking in typography is frequently mussed up with kerning, both methods control the type spacing and refer to the adjustment of spacing between characters. The difference is following: kerning allows to adjust width between two characters, tracking adjusts the spacing between all characters in the line.