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14 Typography Terms You Should Know

Comments Off on 14 Typography Terms You Should Know 05 July 2010

typography is seen anywhere

typography is seen anywhere

In the world of mass produced designs, typography is usually considered later in the design stage because uninformed customers prefer designs that pack a punch visually rather than convey the true message of their business. But as more and more information is conveyed in print, we have a need to understand typography whether or not we are in charge of the design. The more you know, the more detail you will be able to discuss with your designer/printer, helping relationships and providing higher quality work.

Roman: This form is used most commonly. It is basically the regular form of the typeface.

Italic: When the italic form is applied to the font, the font usually slants to the right. Usually used in quotes.

Bold: Bold is pretty self explanatory. It is a thicker, heavier form of the font. Great for emphasis on words or sentences.

Light: The opposite of bold, when the light font is applied, each character becomes thinner. Although on most word processing programs include the ability to bold, italicize and underline text, but light is usually used for graphic art applications. Continue Reading

Design, Font

15 Free Sans Serif Fonts for Businesses

Comments Off on 15 Free Sans Serif Fonts for Businesses 21 December 2009

Sans Serif fonts are a great choice when you’re looking for a clean and modern looking text. All the fonts below are free and will look great with your business print designs. If the work is to be sold or used for strictly commercial purposes, make sure you read the restrictions that may come with the font.

Alte Haas Grotesk

http://www.dafont.com/alte-haas-grotesk.font
A great alternative to the ever popular Helvetica.

oceania

http://www.dafont.com/oceania.font

caviar-dreams

http://www.dafont.com/caviar-dreams.font

bebas

http://www.dafont.com/bebas.font

boris-black-bloxx

http://www.dafont.com/boris-black-bloxx.font

old-sans-black

http://www.dafont.com/old-sans-black.font

lane

http://www.dafont.com/lane.font

steelfish

http://www.dafont.com/steelfish.font

asenine

http://www.dafont.com/asenine.font

aldo

http://www.dafont.com/aldo.font

reznor-broken

http://www.dafont.com/reznor-broken.font

dream-orphans

http://www.dafont.com/dream-orphans.font

aaargh

http://www.dafont.com/aaargh.font

berlin-small-caps

http://www.dafont.com/berlin-small-caps.font

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10 Awesome Free Font Websites

1 Comment 09 December 2009

Do you want to expand your font collection? Are you in need of more creative fonts to accent your designs?

Here are 10 awesome websites that offer free fonts. Some are completely free, but some may be free for personal use (not commercial) so make sure you read the details before using it on commercial work.

da font free font website

1) Da Font http://www.dafont.com

This site is one of my favorite ones because of its easy to use website, which makes searching for the perfect font an enjoyable task.

1001FreeFonts free font website

2) 1001 Free Fonts http://www.1001freefonts.com

This site is also similar to Da Font and has an easy to use interface, which makes font searching easy.

urbanfonts free font website

3) Urban Fonts http://www.urbanfonts.com

fontspace free font website

4) Font Space http://www.fontspace.com

Font Space offers a lot of very creative fonts. Although the artwork is spectacular, heavy use of fonts that are radical may compromise readability.

webpagepublicity free font website

5) Webpage Publicity http://www.webpagepublicity.com/free-fonts.html

This site has over 6500 free fonts for download.

acidfontslogo free font website

6) Acid Fonts http://www.acidfonts.com

Acid Fonts has a very neat 3D font maker. Check it out if you want to add some 3D fun into your work.

abstractfonts free font website

7) Abstract Fonts http://www.abstractfonts.com

Abstract Fonts has close to 13,000 fonts available for download!

fontfreak free font website

8 ) Font Freak http://www.fontfreak.com/main.htm

One really nice feature about Font Freak is the option to download ALL the fonts on their website as one download!

downloadfreefonts free font website

9) Download Free Fonts http://www.downloadfreefonts.com

This website uses a black background which really accents the fonts.  Download Windows or Mac fonts with one simple click.

actionfonts free font website

10) Action Fonts http://www.actionfonts.com

Action Fonts has over 10,000 fonts available for download.  If the first 9 sites didn’t offer you enough fonts, check this one out.

Do you have a favorite free font website that you didn’t see on my list?

Comment below and let me know!

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