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Best fonts for websites?

Discussion in 'Font Forum:' started by georgerogers, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. georgerogers

    georgerogers Member

    Hi everyone,

    I've been thinking to myself about fonts for upcoming websites that our business will be creating. We usually stick with Arial and after looking at other sites, they seem to do the same. It is nice to have a change but I know about the compatability problems with websites. Would it be worth using different fonts for our new websites? If so, which are your favourite to use?

    We could always implement a new font within images and banners but I'm thinking more along the lines of the main pages. So if you have a favourite font for banners and images that won't be able to be used within the main page, what are they too?

    I'm interested to see what other people's opinions are.
  2. Sunburn

    Sunburn Active Member

  3. Jimlad

    Jimlad Well-Known Member

    You might find something like this page on browser-safe fonts handy to peruse when looking for safe alternatives to arial.
  4. I'm looking to use Futura for my new branding and want to implement it on my site. After some headscratching I did some research.

    So far I have found these sites which will help you incorporate particular fonts into a site:
    Desktop and @font-face fonts | Fontspring
    Google Font API - Google Code
    Font Squirrel | Download Hundreds of Free @font-face Fonts

    the last being a generator for your own licensed fonts which downloads a folder of various font formats for you to use in your site. I'm still trying to understand how to work it into my CSS...

    But anyway, another handy site found was this Code Style: Most common fonts for Windows, Mac and Linux, full font survey results which shows the distribution of fonts on Win/Mac/Lin if you just want to list the fonts to be used from your visitors OS in the CSS.
  5. Greg

    Greg Active Member

  6. Thanks Greg, I'll look into cufón as well. Looks like a better solution for me!

    It is a bit of a can of worms.
  7. Harry

    Harry Senior Member

    Cufon is pretty horrible IMO.

    Non-scaling, non-selectable, non-contrast-alterable text is never a good idea :(

    Build a decent font stack or get a @font-face licensed font to use.
  8. I noticed that after I read a bit more into it.
  9. georgerogers

    georgerogers Member

    Nice one guys alot of info to push forward with, should be able to use a new font instead of the over used Arial
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Helvetica looks terrible on Windows so you might want to be cautious when using it.
  11. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    just set the font to go arial then helvetica (or vice versa). Arial is installed on ALL windows machines, but no mac's as far as I know (well not without choosing lol) where as it's the other way round in regards to helvetica
  12. tbwcf

    tbwcf Active Member

    My fonts also now offer a web service (@font-face based) which also supplies Futura - I recently used this for a site and have been impressed - worth checking out - futura MyFonts
  13. Djsounds02

    Djsounds02 Junior Member

    Just make sure your text is easy to read for the older generations!!!
  14. Djsounds02

    Djsounds02 Junior Member

    Oh and check out squirrelfonts
  15. mrp2049

    mrp2049 Senior Member

    For some reason I have used times italic on my last 2 sites.
  16. nolgeordie

    nolgeordie Member

  17. dedwardp

    dedwardp Member

    Just a shame that building in custom web fonts always looks poor in Windows with jagged edges and so on.
  18. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Both my macs had Arial installed by default. One of them is 4 years old, one of them less than a year old. So it's not only a particular generation either.

    But either way, Harry blogged about a hack someone "found" a few weeks ago. Just use sans-serif instead of a complete font-stack.

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