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The following fonts have been used successfully since the beginning of the Internet: Times New Roman, Arial and Verdana. However, people wanted to change something, other than colours and sizes and spacing. And that was fonts.

Following is a list of “not so often used” fonts nowadays. You’ll notice some missing fonts, like Arial, Helvetica, Courier, and maybe some others you might be used to. This is because they tend to get overused.

Times New Roman

This font was used in the early days of Internet. It was the base font for all web sites. It was actually the first font used on web. The second was Arial and the third was Verdana. It is used nowadays for headings, together with little tweakings, letter spacing and oblique style.


This font is used on elegant blogs. Or, at least, I noticed a trend of doing it. Georgia is my favourite font, also, and I use it for headings and titles.


I don’t know how many of you have this font installed, however I like it as it is an elegant font like Georgia.

Palatino Linotype

This one is used for headings only. It wouldn’t render a text body too readable. Maybe with some negative letter spacing and a smaller font value, it would make a great candidate.


Give some boldness to your titles!

Arial Black

I did not find any real use for this font yet. Except from titles, no actual use.

Trebuchet MS

This is a simple font, great for large content, when used at 8 points. It is also great for headings with a negative letter spacing.


This font is great for menus. It resembles closely the Windows default font. You can compare it with the font: menu; style tag.

Lucida Sans Unicode

This font is used on the WordPress administration section. I’m sure you are all familiar with it. It is a newly discovered font, present in all Windows installations.

Lucida Console

This font is great for code presentations. It is a great replacement for Courier font.

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8 thoughts on “Font Design

  1. I’m not a big fan of Palatino. I find that it makes things look cluttered and imposing. The clearer a font, the more likely I am to get past the first sentence.

  2. I like Consolas, too, just like all the other Vista fonts, but I was talking about generally available fonts.

    Palatino (not Linotype) can be used successfully for headers, with a little styling. CSS can do wonders with fonts, especially with the upcoming CSS3 specs.

  3. I love Verdana.

    Maybe it is because I have poor eyesight but I think it comes out better and I insist on having everything in that font type, even my blogs.

  4. Well, what’s missing in my humble opinion is… Helvetica Bold! For Mac users widely available, and one of the best fnots ever used. Did you know Helvetica is (one of?) the only font that has its own documentary? ;-)

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