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Top 10 (Web Safe) Fonts for Blogging

Submitted by on Thursday, 17 July 20089 Comments
Top 10 (Web Safe) Fonts for Blogging

I was playing around my website’s content i.e. font text and sizes the other day when i decided to query on google about the “top 5 web fonts for blogging” in the internet. Then I got curious when the results returned me with this Subject Line-> “Top 500 Fonts”. With gusto, i swiftly went into the link to find out. Then a web page flashed on my screen with various font shapes and sizes. Hmmm, Interesting… so I read on

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The site contains a lot of fonts to choose from. Never did i imagine that there are actually more than 10,000 fonts available in the internet. 500 of which can be found in this site Fonts500 and 10 of which are my top favorites. You see, fonts used to be one factor that makes your blog worth noticing and aesthetically appealing and when you choose the right font, color and size for the right target audience, it’ll surely be a big hit to you and to any reader of your blog. But for my case, i would definitely settle down to simple, clean and professional fonts. They seemed to match my “professional” motive especially when blogging about some technology and business topics . =) Here’s my Top 10 Web Fonts which could make your blog worth a second look (in no particular order). I also added my short review and history to know more about these font sizes (courtesy from Wikipedia). =)

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Verdana – is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft Corporation, with hand-hinting done by Tom Rickner, then at Monotype. Demand for such a typeface was recognized by Virginia Howlett of Microsoft’s typography group. The name “Verdana” is based on a mix of verdant (something green, as in the Seattle area and the Evergreen state, Washington), and Ana (the name of Howlett’s eldest daughter). Verdana does a professional look and feel and thus recommended for formal bloggers and write up.

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Trebuchet MS– is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Vincent Connare for the Microsoft Corporation in 1996. It is named after the trebuchet, a medieval siege engine. The name is a response from the puzzle question Vincent Connare heard from within Microsoft headquarters. The question was “can you make a trebuchet that could launch a person from main campus to the new consumer campus about a mile away? Mathematically is it possible and how?” Trebuchet MS has a distinctive informal look impression and thus recommended for those blogging about lifestyles, Trivia and Travel.

techronnati-250px-georgiaspecimenaibsvg Georgia – is a what they term as The “New Age” Times New Roman. I think the mistake most bloggers make is they use this as their base content font. As suggested, Georgia works well as headings, but for me this is too formal in nature. Make sense if you blog about purely technical, scientific topics.

techronnati-240px-tahoma Tahoma – is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for the Microsoft Corporation in 1994 with initial distribution along with Verdana for Windows 95. This is very somewhat similar to Verdana, but I think this is more effective when placed in the page’s content. This is personally what i use in Techronnati – not too formal , not too stylish. Just fit in the context. As suggested by some gurus, the Windows feel to this font makes it good for footer text and comments.

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Lucida Sans Unicode/Lucida Grande is a relatively narrower sans serif font compared to Verdana and Tahoma. This is my personal favorite. I personally like this font for blog content. Lucida Grande is best for MAC Users. This works well for modern-looking templates. Font was designed to support the most commonly used characters defined in version 2.0 of the Unicode standard. It is a Sans variant of the Lucida font family and supports Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and Hebrew scripts, as well as all the letters used in the International Phonetic Alphabet.

techronnati-250px-helveticasvgHelvetica – is the name of a widely used sans-serif typeface developed in 1957 by Swiss typeface designer Max Miedinger. This was one of the best known fonts known during the 1950s-1960s which was overtaken by Arial when Microsoft introduce it as a typeface incorporated in desktop machines. Helvetica is commonly seen on newspapers and can also be implemented on your blog if you have a great taste for news and current events.

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Rotis is large typeface family consisting of, Serif, Semi Serif, Semi Sans and Sans Serif font styles. Agfa Rotis Sans Serif was created for Agfa Compugraphic in 1989. The font styles are matched for weight and height to give consistency when mixed. Certain round characters have a distinctive calligraphic treatment which is apparent in all styles. This font is best for contemporary texts and hence an alternative in the blog content.

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Arial MT – is a sans-serif typeface and computer font packaged with Microsoft Windows, other Microsoft software applications, Apple Mac OS X, and many PostScript computer printers. The typeface was designed in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders for Monotype Typography, with Type Solutions Inc. holding copyright (the Type Solutions Inc. copyright lasted until version 5.00). A good substitute for Helvetica, Arial is one of the standard fonts in the blogosphere.

techronnati-240px-universspecUnivers – (IPA: [ynivɛʀ], French: “universe”) is the name of a realist

sans-seriftypeface designed by Adrian Frutiger in 1957.Originally conceived and released by Deberny & Peignotin 1957, the type library was acquired in 1972 by Haas. Haas’sche Schriftgiesserei (Haas Type Foundry) was later folded into the D. Stempel AG and Linotype collection in 1985 and 1989 respectively.Good utility font. It works well as headings and blog posts. The only drawback, similar to Lucida Unicode Sans, is its reliance on font-smooting. This font has been a favorite of mine for its appearance in both Windows and Linux systems

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Frutigeris a sans-serif typeface by the Swiss type designer Adrian Frutiger. It was commissioned in 1968 by the newly built Charles De Gaulle International Airport at Roissy, France, which needed a new directional sign system. Instead of using one of his previously designed typefaces like Univers, Frutiger chose to design a new one. The new typeface, originally called Roissy, was completed in 1975 and installed at the airport the same year.

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