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Brand Fonts: Why Some Website Typeface Combinations Look So Stunning

Your “brand voice?” It all starts with your brand fonts!

And the #1 place to start using your brand fonts is on your website.

There are two companies offering you the ability to customize the typefaces on your website, and they’re easy — and often free — to use.

In this post, you’re going to get the resources you need to use beautiful brand fonts on your website — plus five tips that will show you how to combine website typefaces like a pro.

Google Fonts is free and offers a robust collection of open-source typefaces suitable to standing in as your brand fonts.

Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit) is a commercial solution that’s reasonably priced, and offers a wide range of beautiful brand fonts.

Adobe Fonts includes collections from major type foundries and typeface designers.

On this blog, I switched from the web standard Georgia to Gentium Book Basic, which is a Google font that’s classic and easy-to-read.

Fresh fonts served daily

Both services work in a similar fashion: typefaces are “served” up onto users’ machines, much the way websites are served on the internet.

Users don’t need to have the typeface installed in order to see it used on a web page.

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Avoid Wishy-Washy Design with Decisive Contrast

I used to love watching Sesame Street when I was younger. (True confession: I still like watching it if I’m sick in bed. It’s comfort television.)

Let’s play a game

Sesame Street had a few regular features that were great training for a graphic designer and small business marketer-to-be. My favorite was “One of These Things is Not Like the Other.”

In this feature, the screen was divided into four sections. In each section, an image would appear. All of the images would be part of a “group,” except one. Our job as viewers was to decide which image didn’t belong in the group. See if you can figure out this example:

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