04 Aug Is Your Website Legible?

Many trendy web designers go crazy and use fancy fonts without regard to what works best for the web. Font choices can truly make or break your website.

Not only is simple better when it comes to websites, but many monitors can’t even display glamorously designed fonts, whether they’re legible or not.

Monitors have come a long way in terms of resolution, but they still don’t compare to the capabilities of print products.

You also must remember that most users don’t have the same variety of fonts installed on their machines as designers do.

These are the 10 most commonly used fonts that are appropriate for the web:

  • Tahoma
  • Microsoft Sans Serif
  • Arial
  • Courier New
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Lucida Console
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Georgia

If a website you design uses a font that is not installed, on a user’s machine, it will substitute it with a more common one, which could be disastrous for your website and even drive people away.

If you want to use a fantasy or cursive font, use it sparingly and in a large text size. It is best used as a page heading, in which case should be designed as a graphic rather than text.

Sibet B Freides