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    Stylish font

    I need some stylish font for a book cover design.

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    If you’re dipping a toe into the wide world of typography, it probably seems a bit overwhelming. More than almost any other design element, fonts deliver both message and feeling to your viewer almost instantaneously, so it’s really important to pick the right type of font.

    There are now thousands upon thousands of fonts in a diverse range of styles that are easily available at the click of your mouse. But it’s harder than ever to know if you’re choosing the right font type for your project or composition. Read on to learn how to make the right selection by understanding the different types of fonts and what kinds of projects they suit best.

    The anatomy of fonts
    Before we delve into the world of fonts types and font styles, it can be helpful to understand a few things about the anatomy of type. All fonts sit on an invisible plane called a baseline—think of it as the blue lines on your loose leaf paper—and have an invisible center line called a mean line.

    Serif fonts
    Serif fonts are the most classic, original fonts. They are named for the little feet at the top and bottom of the letterforms. Serifs date back to the Romans who flared their brushstrokes out at the top and bottom, creating what we now know as serifs. Serif typefaces came into vogue in the 15th century and held court for three hundred years. Even within this one designation, there are tons of smaller classifications (Old Style, Classical, Neo-Classical, Transitional, to name a few). While a casual observer might lump them all together, a type geek can explain that subtle differences between the weight, ascender heights, and shape of the actual serif give you clues to what era it was created in.

    For the non-type geeks, here’s what you need to know: serif fonts are ubiquitous in our day to day life in nearly every book we read or document we open (hey there, Times New Roman). They are go-tos for logos and print copy and are generally considered to be the most trusted (or conservative) fonts on the planet. Our eyes love them for everything from short titles to long pages of text.

    Slab serif fonts
    Slab serifs are the fonts with the most impressive, large serifs. They are the louder cousins of the classic, quiet serifs, that rose to prominence in the billboards, posters, and pamphlets of the 19th century, designed to yell their message from a good distance. Later they evolved into some more genteel forms like the ever-popular Clarendon, that could work for longer paragraphs of text.

    Slabs almost always bring a vintage vibe to a design and they have a rugged athleticism that can’t be denied. The classic forms work incredibly well for any brand relating to the outdoors and the more refined modern versions always feel a little artsy—probably because almost every typewriter font is a slab serif.

    Sans serif fonts
    Sans serifs are fonts that lack the little serifed feet. They started popping up in the mid-19th century but truly hit the big time in what’s known as the “Modern” era, in the twenties and thirties. They were considered new and flashy, like shorter skirts and the Charleston dance craze. (Fun fact: you will still see sans serifs with the word “grotesque” in their name owing to people thinking they were crass and only good for advertising.) In the mid-century German designers ran away with the footless forms and created some of the fonts that remain popular and iconic to this day, like Futura and Helvetica.

    Sans serifs are still considered the most economical, efficient, clean and modern choice. They are also readable at a large range of sizes and their less-detailed work glasses shapes have lent themselves incredibly well to digital screens. Sans serifs are bold and a little bossy—while they work well for long paragraphs text they have always shone in larger uses like headlines and logos.

    Now that you know the different types of fonts, you’ll be able to take your design to the next level. And because the best pieces of advice are often the cheesiest: have fun and experiment! Sometimes a combination of two fonts will create a composition that is more than the sum of its parts and other times a font you never think will work is the answer to all yourdesign issues. And remember, even the most seasoned designer will try multiple font styles and font combinations before finding the correct one. Familiarize yourself with the rules of font types so you can take risks and make your next typographic project truly shine!

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