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Updated: Jan 19, 2020

Tips to make your typeface express accurately.

Why do you think we have SO many fonts in the world? While every now and then

we have new ones being created and discovered – from Serif Type and Sans Serif to

Decorative styles like Grunge, Psychedelic and Graffiti, wouldn’t it be easier to have

just a few that can be used interchangeably for any kind of formal or informal writing,

branding or any collateral for that matter? NO, not at all!

Howsoever overwhelming the fonts and their usage maybe, they have their own

unique faces to tell the story of your design. Like you can’t imagine human beings to

express themselves without their facial expressions (or emoticons, in today’s digital

age), you can’t imagine a collateral without the right kind of font. And choosing a

perfect typeface can truly transform the way you design and perceive designing and


Are fonts getting on your nerves?

Let’s understand the basics to get started!

Font: A set of type of one particular face and size, placed together harmoniously

known as typefaces.

Font families: A variety of fonts with minor differences in style - bold, italic and

condensed to name a few.

Leading: The amount of space between lines of type.

Tracking: The amount of space between letters

Kerning: The space between individual letters.

Most typefaces can be classified into one of four basic groups: those with serifs,

those without serifs, scripts and decorative styles.

Fonts can be more expressive than you think

If you have a keen eye, you would notice various brands have their set fonts and

typeface. This helps create a brand language for a better brand recall while inducing

an emotion – conveying a feeling of what the brand is about.

But you don’t have to worry so much as a beginner, as long as you are keeping the

basics in mind. The best way is to understand that the font is no different than your

design – it needs to be in hierarchy, it must be aligned and colour coordinated, and

should look part of the visual communication – just like your other design elements.

There are no set formulae

Only good judgements!

Like any form of art, there are no set rules. Typography choices that work for one

form of text won't necessarily work for another. There are however good practices to

follow. Check out!


Never combine two similar fonts – keep them complementary


Harmony lies in using a lesser number of fonts – two should be enough


Beware of kerning & tracking – words change meaning when letters join


Contrast is the key – key to a whole new perspective of designing


Never stretch, or distort your font – would you do that to your face?

Remember, you can only break the rules when you know the rules. There’s nothing

wrong in crafting new ways, revolutionising old practices and introducing your own

styles to the world. Afterall, confining creativity is the last thing we would want in this

world. So, explore your fonts and express through typefaces with confidence. Get

the Helvetica out of your comfort zone!

At the end, we would only ask (request) you to trust your comic sense but never

Comic Sans.

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