Latest update: April 5, 2016: I recently compiled a list of the 19 most popular fonts according to usage by graphic designers from all over the web. I could have had 100, but I got it down to under 50, and from there whittled it down to just the 19 best fonts. Why 19? Because at exactly 20, the “long tail” shot right out and the differences in tallies became negligible. Take a look at those top fonts if you want and come right back because now we are going to have a little typography fun.
Archives for October 2013
Here are the three (well, four) best resources for creating classic font combinations that we know of:
- The Big Book of Font Combinations (our book)
- 29 principles for making great font combinations (our big list of principles)
- 14 Top Typeface and Font Combinations Resources (our big list of resources)
The resource page has pretty much all the classic font combination pages and resources from over the last decade. If you start there, you are going to get all the info you need. There are other more modern sites that focus on examples rather than principles, such as I Font You, but they tend to be a bit random. A book like The Big Book of Font Combinations takes a systematic approach and limits itself to a core subset of the most popular fonts of all time.
BONUS REFERENCE: You can also find many of the classic fonts, pre-typeset and mixable on the fly in, our iPhone App, Font Combinations 2.0.
Here is a glimpse of the future of web design 🙂
Imagine a future where you spend time designing and not fiddling. Remember those days past? They will yet come again.
Imagine designing in the browser. You will be doing it before too long.
I predict a wholesale shift to much more advanced CMS and web platforms or systems where code takes a big retreat behind dazzling GUIs like we see in Squarespace 6, and other platforms like Virb, Adobe Muse, etc. Hand-coding will be a niche, enterprise-focused endeavor. The realities of responsive web design necessitate this fact.
There was a time before PageMaker and Quark where people edited PostScript by hand, but those days are a distant memory. Can you even imagine hand-coding a page to simply print something out? Web design is moving in that direction. Listen to these sage words and watch magic happen as the user below changes a complex layout in realtime in Squarespace 6. Wow:
Skip to 6:50 for the relevant snippet and watch for about 30 seconds. Again, wow:
So if your favorite CMS doesn’t yet have rich GUI-based dynamic layout editing as it’s default mode, or have it on it’s roadmap, know one thing: it will.