I’ve been madly in love with type since my very first year of design school. I collected fonts from my first service bureau job on floppy disks, downloaded free fonts that took all night on my 1400 baud per second modem, and idolized Margo Chase, Erik Spiekermann, Neville Brody and David Carson. I’d definitely consider myself a typophile.
That’s why one of the hallmarks of the design style at Creativity Included is typography. We try to carefully craft our type to be clean, simple, and easy to read (which is ironic considering our David Carson infatuation). And since web fonts are finally a viable option for setting type, our options have expanded in ways we only dreamed of when I first started building web sites.
Since the advent of @font-face, a lot of webfont services have sprung up. Before they came on the scene, it was a pretty involved process if you wanted to use a web font. First you’d need to generate a variety of font formats for different browsers. Next you’d upload all of the files to your server. Then you could go ahead and add the font to your stylesheet. Finally you’d upload the stylesheet you created. There had to be an easier way.
That’s why webfont services like Typekit, Google Fonts and Adobe Edge Web Fonts were created. If you’re new to web type, you might be a little bit overwhelmed at your options. You want to know which one is the best solution. So over the next several days I’m going to review them. These are the services I personally use for hosting and serving web type in themes and client sites. As a bonus I’ll also cover the old school way of adding a web font manually, like I did on the Creativity Included web site.
Next Up: Why buy the cow when the milk is free? A review of Adobe Typekit.