One of the hardest decisions you have to make when designing your blog is choosing a font, because there are so many out there! The fonts on this blog are a combination of ones I’ve seen on my favorite blogs and lots of searching through Creative Market. After looking through a few posts and searching through Pinterest like crazy, I’ve come up with a list of tips that really helped me in making my decision!
1. Serif or Sans-Serif?
This is probably the first decision you should make, because it will greatly narrow down your options. The difference between the two is pretty simple; sans-serif fonts don’t have those extra tails at the end of each letter, while serif fonts do. This infographic is a great explanation if you want to know a little more about them. I personally think sans-serif fonts look a lot cleaner, which is why I’m taking that route!
2. Look Through A Font Directory
For those of you hoping to keep design costs down, Google Fonts is the perfect directory for you. It’s free, easy to use, and has a good variety of fonts to choose from. If you’re looking for a bigger pool to choose from, Typekit is another great option. It does require a subscription if you want access to everything, but there’s also a free trial option that lets you use a smaller portion of their selection.
3. How Many Fonts Should You Use?
Three fonts is probably the max number that you want to use. Anymore than that and your website can get pretty busy and overwhelming for the reader. I’m planning on using two fonts on my blog; a simple one for the body text, and a more dramatic font for my header and other accents.
4. Contrast is good!
Don’t feel hesitant about mixing contrasting fonts. If chosen wisely, you can end up with a fantastic pair! As I said earlier though, don’t get too crazy with your mix and matching. Keep it simple but fun!
5. Have A Purpose In Mind.
When looking for your font, you should have an idea of the mood you want your font to give off. If you’re going for an energetic and fun look, you might choose a big swirly font that adds some life to your page. But if you’re going for a professional look, you’ll probably want to stick to something simple and linear. It’s crazy how much a font can affect your blog, isn’t it??