Great Fonts for Web 2.0 13 November, 2006 — Stuart Brown
A selection of typefaces for the modern web era
Fonts are an essential part of design - but there are thousands of fonts out there, so knowing which ones to use can be quite daunting. Here's a roundup of some fonts that have found popularity recently.
American Typewriter is like Courier on steroids - More stylized, prettier - and great for that faux-typewriter effect. 43Things uses it well, and is a pleasant break from san serif fonts.
Din Engschrift originates from German vehicle registration plates, but the clean condensed font is a popular choice amongst designers. Popurls uses it as part of a glossy, modern design.
Popular Web2 blog TechCrunch uses the perennially popular sans serif Frutiger. Simple, universally effective and clean, Frutiger is a mainstay of many graphic designers type palette, although perhaps not to the extent of Helvetica.
Helvetica is possibly the most popular san serif font in use today. Developed almost 50 years ago in 1957, it has seen use from signs to print, and now on new media and websites. 9rules knows that if you want a nice, clean, san-serif font, sometimes only Helvetica will do.
ITC Officina is a pleasing, modern semi-serif font which has served RSS reader Bloglines admirably. Someway between a full serif and a sans serif, the lines are clean but without a loss in character.
Interstate was designed specifically for US Highway signs, and has great readability and clean lines as a result. The shortened tail on the lowercase 'g' is particularly distinctive, and suits 37signals modern style perfectly.
Myriad is a well-rounded san serif font available in a variety of different weights and style - and with Apple using Myriad in place of erstwhile font Garamond, it's little wonder Myriad enjoys a great deal of popularity - Tailrank is just one site that uses this particular typeface.
VAG Rounded was originally designed for the Volkswagen corporation - but the soft, friendly font soon found popularity after VW stopped using it. Rollyo is just one of many that uses it.
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