I frequently spend time on a website called CSS Remix. CSS Remix is a site that showcases other websites that have been nominated for their unique and impressive design features. There is a great deal to admire about many of the designs presented on CSS Remix. I always look for color schemes, trends, and design ideas that will help make our work a little more impressive.
I have noticed one particular simple but effective feature shared by many of the best designs. They often use fonts* other than the ones you find on the shortlist of choices considered as standards for use on the web.
For years, websites have featured well known fonts such as arial, times new roman, tahoma, verdana, and just a few others. The reasoning was simple. If your webpage specifies a font which does not exist on the web surfer’s machine, the browser will substitute a generic font instead. If the browser renders the page with a generic font, there is little way to know how the page will be displayed. the results really could be horrible. Rather than risk having the page design explode due to the use of a generic font, it was always considered safer to use fonts that most systems typically have installed. And so the short list emerged.
There is a actually a way to import a font along with the elements of your web page to ensure that it is available to be used by the browser to render a page specifying that font. The designers that end up with work featured on CSS Remix apparently believe it is worth the trouble and so do I. The [Web: Handyman] website is now featuring a font called “Share” which is one of a wide assortment of fonts made available by Google.
If you would like to make your site stand out from the crowd. Why not try a custom font. It might just do wonders.
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* a font, or typeface, is a complete set of letters, numerals and special characters that share a consistent style.