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Getting The Hang Of Web Typography by Smashing Magazine

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The Typography Dress Code: Principles Of Choosing And Using Typefaces

Dan Mayer

For many beginners, the task of picking fonts is a mystifying process. There seem to be endless choices — from normal, conventional-looking fonts to novelty candy cane fonts and bunny fonts — with no way of understanding the options, only never-ending lists of categories and recommendations. Selecting the right typeface is a mixture of firm rules and loose intuition, and takes years of experience to develop a feeling for. Here are five guidelines for picking and using fonts that I՚ve developed in the course of using and teaching typography.

Dress For The Occasion

Many of my beginning students go about picking a font as though they were searching for new music to listen ...

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