5 Font & Typography Resources

At Sourcebits, our 20+ top-notch designers around the world are always sharing resources and inspiration amongst the team. Since 2011 designers have been posting links and comments on a Basecamp thread (we use the project management software for our clients as well as internal efforts.) From fonts and website interaction tips to general design tools – the team has found hundreds of helpful resources. We’ve started collecting them into categories to share them in this blog series.

This week we’re focusing on fonts.

The Power of Fonts:

Typography and fonts are often regarded as secondary compared to the visual component of your mobile app design – but they should be an equal partner when you developing user experiences. Typography’s pull can be more subtle, but a thoughtful consideration is essential when it comes to conveying the right information, tone and meaning to your app.

Our designers consider these questions when determining fonts:

1. What do you want to say?

What information do you want to convey with your font? Choosing the right type has the power to structure, organize, and influence the readability of your app content to ensure users stay engaged (without straining their eyes).

2. How do you want to say it?

What meaning do you want to convey with your font? Do you want an app or site to feel intimate and warm, contemporary, professional, fun, intimidating, traditional? You have a myriad of choices which will change the feeling of your app – and thus your brand.

5 font resources from our designers:

1. Guide to Typography and Fonts – This clever graphic illustrates the construction and makeup of fonts, with each technical term explained in simple, plain English anyone can understand.

2. The 100 Greatest Free Fonts For 2014 – One of the most up-to-date lists around, with the majority of fonts listed completely free with licenses for commercial use.

3. A Pocket Guide to Master Every Day’s Typographic Adventures – This guide defines typography as “the craft of arranging type with the goal to make language visible”, and aims to make people consider more deeply how we write and how others read.

4. I Love Ligatures – A blog all about typographic ligatures (two or more letters combined into one character), for designers and anybody else who loves typography, calligraphy or lettering.

5. 20 Fonts Ideal for Big and Powerful Headings – Among other things, headings help establish a hierarchy, make text easy to scan, and set the overall mood for the website’s design.

What resources do you love for fonts, or other design elements? Share in the comments and we’ll check them out.

Piotr Gajos, Chief Innovation Officer

Piotr is Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer. A 2006 Apple Design Award winner, Piotr draws much of his inspiration from film and music, and focuses on leading our Innovation Strategy Workshops, generating new ideas for Sourcebits, and consulting on projects.