Fonts play such a vital role in setting up a page’s appearance. Finding the right one that suits the look that you want, can be a time consuming process:
• How well will it look when it’s printed?
• Can I use a desktop font on my website?
• If it looks good on a small business card, would it look good on a big sign?
• I saw a font that I like, but don’t know the name of it.
These are just a few of the many questions that come up along the way. If you feel overwhelmed by all of this, feel free to contact me. I’ll do my best to address your question in a timely manner.
Fonts are created by companies called font foundries or they’re made by individual typeface designers. When you decide to use a font, there are license considerations. Even free fonts may require a fee if it’s used outside of normal desktop applications and printing. For example, if you are an author and want to use a free font, check with the font foundry or typeface designer to see if there is a charge to use it in publications for print or electronic format (eBooks). The same goes if you want to use one for your website or blog. In most cases, a free font is just that – free, but it’s always a good idea to find out who makes it and then write to them to address how you want to use it. They’ll let you know all you need to know about using it without any legal infringement.
There are many online resources to help you find the font you’re looking for. Below are some of my favorite resources. They include distributors, individual designers, font managers and even a font identifier.