Typography is one of the core design principles, which can make or break your website design. Despite the limitations we still have when it comes to creative typography layouts, there are already a lot of resources which give you a massive range of fonts to choose from for your design.
For this article, however, we will not only present you a list of fonts, but also websites who have been exceptional in using typography. We will discuss a bit of typographic details and where you can get these amazing fonts.
The website combined Nobel and Avenir, two similar sans-serif fonts. Combining two similar sans-serif is a big no-no in web design, but Readymag seems to know what they are doing by setting Nobel only at large sizes and using it as a display version of Avenir. It’s unusual but it works.
You will know right away that Few is a website made by developers by looking at its overall design. Typography-wise, they’re able to effectively combine another uncommon combination – Grad and Proxima Nova, both designed by Mark Simonson.
Concrete Matter is an Amsterdam-based online store which sells gifts for men. They have used FF Super Grotesk and the more playful Rooney for their product description creating the feel of professionalism without being overly strict.
Atlantic Records does not just produce million-dollar music, but also have a great website. Using two common fonts, Futura and Georgia, they used and transformed them into something awesome.
Sofia looks like Futura on first glance, but it is less geometric and more playful on a closer look. It was used perfectly in this website which offers art classes channeling fun and precision, which is art.
6. Elena Mora
This website uses only one type of font, Benton Sans, to complement its minimalist theme. It works great and speaks volumes.
Union does it best by combining a heavyweight and a lightweight. The big, bulky Proxima Nova contrasts perfectly with the thin and small Kulturista. You don’t often see Kulturista used on the web as much as slab serifs, like Adelle, nevertheless the effect is classy and serious, like someone who means business.
Alexander Engzell uses Rimouski, a rounded geometric font, for his personal portfolio. The strangely slanted characters reflect his creativity without going overboard. Set on a minimalist theme, it looks clean, creative, and professional.
9. Think Blink
On first glance, it looks like Think Blink used Neuron Angled, but you will see a more squarish sans-serif typeface on closer look. Set on a black background, the company’s tagline become more noticeable combining Pancetta Pro, which has a semi-closed aperture and pillow-shaped terminals, and Acto to convey their dedication to that motto.
The combination of Ataxia and Cheltenham Old Style reflects the Indian cuisine – conservative and filled with age-old traditions. Using Ataxia makes sense since this typeface supports many languages and old style numbers, while Cheltenham adds a subtle depth to it.
11. World Baking Day
The website combines two rounded sans serif type faces – Mentone and Museo Sans Rounded. The subtle difference between these two type faces is perfect reflecting the fun and quirkiness of the site.
Kickpoint used Maga throughout its website in different colors and sizes to convey its message. Set on a red background, the overall design is very effective in getting your attention.
13. Jason James
Jason James’ portfolio is adventurous enough to use different types of font, but with amazing results. In the introduction itself, it combined three different types – Brandon Grotesque, Calluna, Brandon Text – set in gray, white, and navy hues. Each creates a beautiful balance without going overboard.
14. Teehan and Lax
Teehan and Lax know what they are doing when they combined thick and thin type faces with beautiful storytelling. They used the magnificent Craft Gothic for the thicker and bigger font, while they use Mangan Nova for the smaller and thinner one.
15. Aria Studio
The slim Adobe Jenson Pro font looks crisp and and exceptionally good against the site’s video background. The four, large words are also links to navigate the whole website.
These websites show the role of typography in the overall design of a website. Be adventurous and creative, but exercise moderation when using fonts. Don’t be afraid to mix and match like some of the examples above, you might be surprised what you can come up with. Most of all, look at the whole design and not just the pieces and how each of them fit in the puzzle.
Which was your favorite website and font?