Potential Web Design Headache: Fonts

Reading Time: 2 Minutes

web safe fonts web design graticle

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?

We’d be happy to help. Call or text us at (360) 450-3711.

Maybe you’re interested in a price for a project? Fill out our Quote Request form online.

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

Tags: , ,

Want a Quote on Your Project? Answer a Few Questions »

I really can’t fully express how great my experience was working with Shawn and Graticle. I work for a non-profit and our website had fallen into disrepair–we had even lost ownership of our domain name! But Shawn went above and beyond and walked me through the process of getting our domain name back, along with the complete design of the new site. I absolutely LOVED that he developed videos that walked us through the process of managing the website–from logging in, to editing photos, to changing content–he covered all the bases we needed to take care of our new site. This was particularly appreciated because, as a non-profit, we will likely be moving through web managers over the years and having these videos to pass on to each new manager will be an incredible relief, and will (hopefully) help us avoid the trap we fell into with our last site. He is the most responsible businessman I’ve ever worked with, he was extremely prompt in his replies to emails, and I never felt like he left us hanging or confused at any step along the way. I recommend his services with full marks! You won’t regret it!

Katrina

Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

FriendsWVNWRC.org

Corvallis, Oregon

Needed someone with WordPress skills to update a custom website with a ton of plug ins after originator left us high and dry. Found Graticle (Shawn) via WordPress search on Google. Shawn had it updated and running great in a short time. No problems, easy to work with and reasonable priced.

Sharon Evans

Escrow Association of Washington

www.e-a-w.org

Ellensburg, Washington