The Importance of Typography
Typography is « the art of arranging letters and text in a way that makes the copy legible, clear, and visually appealing to the reader¹ ».
Another definition I like: typography is « the art of arranging a message in a readable and aesthetically-pleasing composition² ».
Why is typography important?
Typography is a powerful communication tool and an integral part of graphic design, therefore, of the whole branding process.
Along with the other elements of your brand, the font(s) used for your logo — if you opt for a logotype — your headlines and body texts will give your brand a specific personality, a distinct identity.
As such, choosing the right one to get your message across is essential because it can make or break your design.
Have you ever glanced at a typeface and immediately felt “something” about it?
Like for colours, there is a psychology behind typography. Each font brings out different emotions.
Depending on the type of industry you belong to, the chosen typeface can convey a feeling of elegance and luxury, joy and fun, experience and stability, and more.
When used with consistency — yeah, consistency is the key… always — one look at your written content is enough to inspire your audience to the kind of brand you are.
Common types of fonts
A serif is a decorative stroke attached to the end of the letter. It’s a graphic design element that originated from Roman carvings.
These fonts are often associated with tradition, refinement and culture. They are divided in four groups:
As their name indicates, these fonts don’t have serifs and look more modern and sleek.
They appeared out of the need for minimalism with simpler fonts.
Sans serif fonts are also divided into 4 groups:
As their name suggests, script fonts aspire to look like handwriting.
Because they are so elaborate, using them in body text will make the content rather challenging to read. Therefore, these fonts should be reserved for headings or short sentences.
Also known as decorative fonts, display fonts combine various styles and graphics.
They can be dramatic and unique and usually look great for your brand.
In terms of typography, there is something for every taste. So the questions to ask yourself when you embark on the journey of creating your brand and get to that tricky part are:
- which emotions do you want to evoke in your audience?
- What kind of message you would like to send regarding the type of brand you are?
- How do you position yourself in your industry?
Once these questions are answered, the rest of the process will flow more easily.
And if you would like to create a dreamy brand using typography properly, well, you’re still at the right place.
Thanks for reading 🙂
² Definition: 99designs