Choose a font

1. Choose a font for your headings

Define two font-families for your website: one for the headings and another one for the body text. The two font-families should be very different from each other. You can for example choose a sans-serif font for the headings and a serif font for the body text.

Both, serif and sans-serif fonts work well for headings. However, sans-serif fonts such as Arial or Verdana are a little bit simpler and seem clean, modern and uncluttered. They are effective as headings and you can play with their bold style.

Write down the font you choose for your headings.
For example: Heading = Verdana.

Heading examples for sans-serif fonts at 14 points.

Use www.typetester.org to compare the different fonts.

Arial

Helvetica (is not installed on Windows. Windows users will see Arial.)

Lucida Sans

Lucida Grande

Trebuchet MS

Verdana

Tahoma

Century Gothic

2. Choose a font for your body text

Most websites use sans-serif fonts such as Verdana or Arial for their body text. They are considered modern and are often used in technical contexts. But in fact serif fonts also work very well for body text, especially if you have text-heavy pages that are intended to be printed. Serif fonts are traditionally used in newspapers and have an intellectual touch. They are easy to read in small point sizes and are often considered more personal than sans-serif fonts.

Write down the font you choose for your body text.
For example: Body Text = Georgia

Text examples for serif fonts at 12 points.

Use www.typetester.org to compare the different fonts.

Courier New

Georgia

Lucida bright

Palatino

Times New Roman / Times

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