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  1. Nov 2016
    1. If you’re including text in your design, it’s likely that you have something important to communicate. Readability becomes an important quality to look for in a font to make sure your message comes across. How can you tell whether a typeface is readable, other than your own visual assessment?

      I agree that readability becomes an important quality to look for in a font. When reading this I immediately thought of butting a small bright font in front of a bright colored background. The message may get across but not have the same impact on the viewer because of its readability.

    2. Font choices often set the tone for the whole design and can influence viewers’ feelings toward and interactions with your design

      I think this is something that may come across as obvious to a designer but at the same time how can your font choice determine what feelings a viewer may have? Of course, if you are using a dark thick lined type face it may promote seriousness but will that come through the page and onto the viewer?

    3. The typeface is the design; the font is how that design is delivered. typeface + style + size = font A font is what you use; a typeface is what you see.

      This is very refreshing because I figured that they were just interchangeable words.

    4. 1) Serif: Serif fonts have little “feet” or lines attached the ends of their letters. They’re generally thought to look more serious or traditional.2) Sans-Serif: “Sans-serif” literally means “without serif” — these fonts don’t have the extra lines on the ends of letters. For that reason, they’re generally thought to look more modern and streamlined.Though this point is often debated, it’s commonly said that serifs make long passages (in print) easier to navigate visually, helping move your eyes along the lines of text. However, because serifs are usually small and thin, they often don’t display as well on pixel-based screens (looking distorted and “noisy” rather than clear and crisp), so many designers favor sans-serif fonts for web use, especially at small sizes.3) Script: Scripts are what we might think of as cursive- or handwriting-style fonts. They generally have connecting letters. You’ll find that script fonts come in many different styles, from elegant, to fun and casual, to hand-drawn.4) Decorative / Display: When you hear a font categorized as decorative, display, or novelty, it all means the same thing — that font is meant to get your attention. They’re often more unusual than practical and should only be used in small doses and for a specific effect or purpose.

      All these different specific types of fonts can be dictated to help intrigue the reader of a webpage. As a technical writer you have the ability to manipulate different fonts helping the reader engage in multiple ways. This is reminds me of the last article I read on universal design. When it comes to fonts there is a specific most used font that being serif, which can can considerably be font's universal design.