How to Compare Fonts
“What is the age-old website question?”
Easy! The age-old question is, and always has been: How do you determine the right font for your website or blog?
“Come on, fonts? Are they really that important?”
You betcha! Some consider font choice the most important decision in graphic design.
“So? Just pick a font and let’s get going.”
Wrong. Not only are fonts important, but the right or wrong choice of font can make or break your website.
Let me explain.
One of the on-going problems of choosing the very best font has always been the inability to compare fonts side-by-side. Sometimes this can seem like a near impossibility.
Not only can it be difficult to discern exactly which font is best for a website (except through tedious trial and error), it can also take an incredibly vast amount of valuable time to come to any reasonable decision. A decent web designer can spend weeks, if not months, selecting the appropriate font of choice.
The good news is that now there are some great tools – in that cool Internet world – that will actually allow the comparison of several fonts at one time. With certain available font comparison tools, you can now look at your font selections as they lie side by side.
This lets you see how different fonts look together on your website and at the same time! Suddenly web design has become much more efficient while giving you the best font choices and adjustments in an easy and time-saving fashion.
Good news, eh?
So what exactly are these font tools that can save you the great “font headache” and make your web life a whole lot easier? Thought you’d never ask.
Let’s take a look at a few of font comparison tools that just might come in handy.
1. One incredible online comparison tool to take a look at, is called Typetester.
This font comparison tool will allow you to compare three fonts at one time and is a free service. Typetester is an extremely popular and very reliable source for font comparison. Typetester also is good for:
- Comparing sizes.
- Comparing colors.
- Comparing various aspects of font use.
2. Another type comparison tool to check out is called Designer Plaything.
Although this tool is not considered to be quite as clean as Typetester, in some comparison aspects, it still has many advantages. Some of these are:
- Compares headline fonts with body content fonts. (This is a great source when trying to make your website as clean and readable as possible.)
- Exhibits some color advantages.
- Compares contrast and brightness.
All of these advantages make Designer Plaything worth exploring.
3. A third comparison tool is Font Tester
Some of the advantages to using Font Tester are:
- It can be customized very easily.
- It allows for the comparison of different fonts together.
These are but a few of the tools now available online. Just remember: Font choice is No 1 and the process has just become a whole lot easier!
Sonia Mansfield is the content editor for PsPrint and editor of PsPrint Design Blog. She likes to write, do yoga and make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references. PsPrint is an online commercial printing company specializing in commercial printing. You can follow PsPrint on Twitter @PsPrint