My recent thread has made me think. I would like to use a custom font in my new site. I have always just used the plain safe type faces like Ariel and likes. I see google fonts. But have seen some bad mouth it. So what is the best way to insert custom font without affecting my page speed that much. Because currently my page speed rocks. Thanks for your pointers.
Not all of Google’s webfonts are bad. I’ll even admit that and I’m probably their biggest critic on this forum. In fact, I am serving one they offer on my own site (but not through them). There are other reasons why I don’t use their service but I’m not going to get into that right now.
I believe that not just designers but developers should also care about the quality of rendering that webfonts output. If you take the time to test on multiple platforms for your layout, you should do the same for webfonts.
If I could recommend any webfont distributor it would have to be Webtype. Not only for quality but they really want your business so they do everything they can to accommodate you. Such as, I wanted to use Benton Modern RE regular and Benton RE italic styles but their license only offered 10,000 page views per month for $20 per style. That’s actually a pretty good package. However, at this point that’s even too large for my personal site at the moment while in development. I contacted them and they allowed me to do 5,000 page views per month for $15 per style. So to show my appreciation for working with me, I offered to throw in Benton Sans as well. It ended up working out perfectly since I needed a sans-serif too. Can you see Typekit doing that (don’t ask them, I ‘ve already tried)? Don’t get me wrong, I love Typekit, I’ve used them for a long long time but they’re not as flexible.
Font Squirrel is pretty good. They optimize their library just as Typekit does so I would recommend their service. I might actually switch to them from Typekit to serve a specific webfont on my own server. Anyway, I’m ranting.
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Google has 600+ fonts. Unless I’m missing something that seems more than adequate for any project.
Don’t mistake quantity for quality. I think what happens generally is that people get real excited about this massive FREE google library, get to using it, and then see the drawbacks when they are in the real world. If you want your projects to look more professional in the end with what I’ve seen as more universally stable results, I’d use something like Typekit and then fall back on something like Google if you need to.