Potential Web Design Headache: Fonts

September 15, 2017    Reading Time: < 1 Minute

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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 May 04, 2020. Shawn is the President of Graticle, Inc.

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I worked with Shawn on my company’s website and he was very helpful and generous with his knowledge and time. He was responsive when I had issues or questions. The input he provided on concepts and trends that make some sites better or more visible than others was great as well. I would feel good referring Graticle to others and was pleased with the services they provided to us.

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