When it comes to designing a template, the first and foremost thing one should consider shall be the font that he/she is going to use on his/her blog. Well, there are hundreds and thousands of custom fonts available out there on the web. I’ve just hand picked few of them that are most commonly used by web designers. To play safe, I’ve also enlisted the top 8 web safe fonts whose importance shall be highlighted later in the article. Let me first list out the custom fonts…
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Clarendon font was designed by Robert Besley in the year 1845. You may read about the font on Wikipedia – About Clarendon Font.
Designed by Robert Slimbach, this font style captures the hearts of all the web designers. It’s named after John Warnock, the co-founder of Adobe Systems. More about the font – Warnock.
Rockwell is a distinctive version of a slab serif typeface which came into existence in 1930. You may read more about the same here – About RockWell Font.
Designed by Robert Slimbach and Carol Twombly for Adobe Systems. Serves as the Apple’s Corporate Font since 2002. More about the font could be read here – About Myriad Font.
Helvetica is designed by Max Miedinger, Eduard Hoffman in 1957. You may read about the same here – About Helvetica Font.
I’ve just enlisted a few in the list above because there’s actually no limit when it comes to custom fonts. However, we can narrow down the list to 8 when it comes to web safe fonts. Basically, web safe fonts are generic fonts that are supported by most of the browsers and operating systems. So, it is better to use web safe fonts when you design your themes. Or, at least use them as fallback fonts to ensure a proper layout. Well, the top 8 web safe fonts are listed below.
This most commonly used typeface was designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas. You may read more about this font here – About Arial Font.
This typeface that attracts most of the web designers was designed by Matthew Carter in 1993. More about this font – About Georgia Font.
Times New Roman
This typeface was designed by Stanley Morison in 1931. More info about the font – About Times New Roman Font.
This typeface was designed in 1955 by Howard “Bud” Kettler. More about this font here – About Courier New Font.
Designed by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes in 1985, the font being more famous for its cursive style than the regular version. More info about the font – About Lucida Console.
Designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft – the same person who designed Georgia font. More about the font could be read here – About Verdana Font.
Designed by Vincent Connare for Microsoft in 1996. More info about the font here – About Trebuchet MS.
Another font designed by Matthew Carter for the Microsoft Corporation in 1994. More info could be read here – About Tahoma Font.
You may download the complete list of web safe fonts here – Web Safe Fonts.
Well, I use Nimbus Roman No9 L with Georgia & Serif as the fallback fonts on my post titles and Times New Roman with Georgia & serif as fallback fonts to style the content part. How about you guys?? Let me know what fonts/fallback fonts do you use on your site ?