This is a question for the font nerds.
I am designing a site for a fashion/art brand. The site will be clean and white with splashes of colour in the form of links, buttons, images, etc. The brand is sharp and sophisticated, yet fun with personality (hence the colour).
I am now thinking about fonts. I have decided to go with Proxima Nova Regular for the body text, as this is a sophisticated font but not too serious (being a Humanist font), and beautifully designed.
Now what Headline font what you use to compliment this, taking into account the brand guidelines?
Or would you stick with the same Proxima Nova family for headline as well? Perhaps Extrabold?
Any advice welcome.
I used Kulturista Web for my body copy but it depends on your design. I think Proxima Nova is a wonderfully designed typeface but it tends to remind me of old signage. I’m not sure I would use it for body copy. I’ve contacted Mark Simonson a while ago about a few issues it has at small sizes (Windows only).
Can you sign up for http://typecast.com and show us some examples of what you were thinking?
Here are a few choices that I would test out if it were my project.
And this is how I might style the headline: http://typecast.com/chrisburton/share/cbdc115852002fb2545ca9e6e239be9636ecfaadX7Nk7BtN
To be perfectly honest, this forum is targeted towards developers. You’re better off getting advice from those who specialize in this area. We can be found over at http://typophile.com.
@chrisburton yes thanks for reminding me about typecast. I actually have an account but had forgotten all about it lol. That is going to keep me occupied now for the next hour or so…
Those fonts you have recommended are really nice, have some amazing qualities but for this website in particular I am looking to stick with sans-serifs, however I have noted down those fonts.
I will have a play on typecast and update you with what I went for.
P.S. Didn’t know about typophile so will check that out ;)
How do you expect to use @font-face with Proxima Nova?
The choices I gave you from Webtype will be expensive (but worth it) if you choose to do a custom-order for @font-face. I just finished up a custom-order with them for the Harriet Series to self-host them. The CSS that comes with it is encoded so no one can steal the files. The reason I did this was because I wanted to own the webfonts, not rent them. The only distributors that allow self-hosting for Proxima Nova is MyFonts, Fontspring and FontShop.
Using @font is a completely different license from just purchasing the font itself. IF I recall proxima nova is _expensive_, so be careful!
Can always hit Google’s free web fonts. You can type in your headers,sentences, or paragraphs and do side-by-side comparisons if you’re looking for free web fonts: http://www.google.com/webfonts
You get what you pay for. Google’s font service is free and I’d recommend against it purely for the lack of quality.
Typekit is uber cheap compared to it’s value – there are alternatives available, but for me Typekit cuts the mustard. Plus it helps you choose and pick out compatible fonts.
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