Potential Web Design Headache: Fonts

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Unfortunately, throughout the year we pick up a lot of projects where other web design companies simply can’t (or won’t) finish a project to completion.

It’s never a fun situation, but we’re happy to help people get back on track.

One particular problem we’ve seen is when a web design business delivers page designs using custom fonts. Now, if these fonts are able to be licensed for web use (or are free and hosted via Google Fonts for example), we’re good to go. But often, the designer chooses his favorite fonts in the design, but those fonts can’t be used online.

So we explain to the customer that we need to change the fonts. Obviously, they are OK with this, but it can be an issue considering the foundation of a design is the typography. Changing fonts often changes the feel of the design.

Word of Advice

When going through a design with a web designer, make sure you ask them if the fonts they are using are “web safe” or licensed for use on the web. Also, be sure to ask about the web licensing (is it an additional cost?) for the font they are using (if not hosted by Google Fonts or similar). It doesn’t hurt to ask for the name of the font either so you can do your own due diligence.

Have a Question About Fonts or Web Design?

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Last updated on September 15, 2017. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc. You can follow him at Google+

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I have worked with Shawn at Graticle for three years, which should speak volumes in and of itself. I am a high school teacher and serve as the Coordinator for the AVID program. Each August-September we create new t-shirts for distribution to all 140 of our students, along with supportive members of the faculty, staff, and administration.

My team of AVID teachers brainstorms ideas for both the front and back of the shirt, and I present the best one or two concepts to Shawn for his expert feedback. We quickly settle on the best design idea and colors, and then Shawn and I bounce more detailed suggestions off each other for a few days. His suggestions always result in significant improvements to my rough concept. He presents me with graphic “rough drafts” at each stage of our discussion until we have a design I’m really happy with.

Shawn then works his magic, and the final design is the work of a consummate professional. We get tons of compliments on our shirts, starting with our t-shirt printer, and usually end up having to do a second print run for additional faculty and staff who want one of the shirts. This year, a middle school in Southern California saw the design and asked if they could use it.

Another positive aspect of working with Graticle is that Shawn is easy to reach by phone or email, and he is very responsive. I hear back from him either the same day or the next day.

Working with Shawn and Graticle has been a pleasure, He produces good work quickly and at a fair price. I recommend him to you without reservation.

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Teacher & AVID Coordinator

Taft Union High School

www.taft.k12.ca.us

Taft, California