Choosing a font - easy on the eye - Attractive

  powerless 19:28 22 Jun 2003

I thought this would be easy to choose but what i like and "think" is good - to others it may be awful.

Im also after after a colour scheme in my fonts:

Heading - RED

Paragraphs - BLACK

Keywords - Bold black (playing with the keywords idea - so i could drop it)

I want my heading to be a font size bigger than my paragrphs (hope that makes sense). There is reason for this by the way.

The background of the webpage is white as its just easier to use i find it easier than playing with a background colour, picture, theme etc.

So, the big question what font to use and what size?

  Forum Editor 00:48 23 Jun 2003

of Patr100's warning about choosing obscure fonts. A web browser will only display fonts that are installed on the computer, so if your site is typed in 10pt SlantyArty and my computer doesn't have that font installed I'll see your site in Times New Roman.

If you want to have a fancy page heading the best way to do it is to create it in your imaging editing program, using whatever font you like, and save it as a gif - then we'll all see it as you intended. You can do this with blocks of text if you like - save them as gifs - but it isn't a very good idea. Each time you want to change a few words on the site you'll have to go through the performance of creating new gifs.

By far the best idea is to use one of the 'web-safe' fonts which are likely to be viewable in any browser.

If you stick to one of the following you should be OK:-


Arndale Mono

Comic sans





And of course - Times New Roman.

Of these, my personal favourite is Verdana - it's easily readable and looks very 'webby'.

As far as colours go, I tend to shy away from Red on a white ground - it's a little harsh and unsubtle. Try a maroon if you like red, and navy looks good if you want a formal mood, or dark green.

Black is best for body text on white, although you'll need to think about some images to add colour to the pages.

  powerless 23:18 23 Jun 2003

I like Verdana and the green is nice too (Changing Rooms flashback)

The font size i see you say 10pt FE. But i was using 12pt and it did make the pages long. I switched to 10pt and the pages are now shorter and the pages look better. (to me anyway)

I'm not into fancy *.gifs.

"Black is best for body text on white, although you'll need to think about some images to add colour to the pages."

Images well apart from the top of the page there will be no images within the page. I've gone for hyperlinking to a picture.

However a few images i could try.

  powerless 18:44 04 Jul 2003



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