Fonts are so fun! And they are a great way to add personality to your website design.
BUT… if you make these mistakes with fonts, you can ruin a great design and people will bounce from your site before they even have time to scroll.
3 mistakes to avoid:
The number one font mistake that I see is that the font is just too small. If a font is too small. Your brain is going to just see it as like a big jumble and skip over it.
As a general rule for paragraph font, don’t go any smaller than about 16 px (for both desktop and mobile.)
Depending on the font, you may need to make it even bigger. IF you aren’t sure… just go with the bigger size. No one is going to stick around to squint and use extra brain energy to read tiny font on your website.
Mistake number two – using fonts that aren’t clear. Some fonts are easier to read than others.
Things that makes fonts less clear are weird serifs, or extremely thin or thick fonts.
There are a few fonts that are like very popular, and there’s a reason for that. They are easy to read, super clear, and look great on all devices. You should use them 🙂
Montserrat is a favorite and a great place to start!
Mistake number three – fonts that are hard to read.
So this usually happens with script fonts or handwritten fonts. Sometimes even with the display fonts that are weirdly chunky. In general I just try to stay away from those ones.
Use script fonts ONLY in small groups of 3 or 4 words. You don’t want to confuse people and make them work harder than they have to to read your website.
I’ll throw in one bonus mistake – using TOO MANY fonts.
When you see a website with a million fonts it’s just plain confusing and tacky. Choose 3 or 4 fonts and stick with them.
Go check your website and be honest… are your fonts large enough, clear enough, and easy to read???
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