Fonts are one of the key element in both traditional designing and Web Designing. We have explained the resource and types of according to License of Fonts. We have discussed about Typography, various types of Fonts, their usage, different guides on using Fonts through various articles. In this article, we will discuss about some resources of Fonts and most importantly – their License for usage.
Fonts : Previously Discussed Topics
Here are some important resources and know-how on Fonts which we have discussed earlier :
- Font of Computers and Digital Systems
- What fonts to use and for which purposes in blogs
- Selecting the right font for your blog
- Highlight, add pressed effects to certain words in your WordPress blog
- Typekit and Web Fonts
- Use Any Web Font Within WordPress Posts With Inline CSS
- Font Emboss, 3D Effect, Animated Effect Using Google Font API
- Base64 Encoding and Font CSS
- Serving Fonts from Rackspace Cloud Files CDN
- How To Use Any Web Font From Own Hosted Library
- Create Own Icon Font From Image Icons
Fonts : Resources and License
Here is a list of known websites for Fonts :
We are not going to details of Typography, but the License Types for Fonts :
- Free Fonts usually come with GNU GPL License and can both be used on web and computer without restriction
- Premium Fonts, on the other hand has two types of Licenses :
- Web Fonts : Licensed only to use on Websites
- Desktop Fonts : Licensed only to use on own computer
So, Free Font, technically is the best option as we can use them for Free and has the Freedom. Unfortunately, not all good looking fonts has equivalent Free option. Proxima Nova, for example is a great looking premium font. But there is free Font closer at look to Proxima Nova. One must weigh the need and search for alternative free option not only for saving the money, but also for the degree of freedom of usage.
A typical font may contain hundreds or even thousands of glyphs, often representing characters from many different languages. Oftentimes, users may only need a small subset of the glyphs that are available to them. Subsetting is the process of removing unnecessary glyphs from a font file, usually with the goal of reducing file size. This is particularly important for web fonts, since reducing file size often means reducing page load time.
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