Choosing Readable Fonts


When it comes to website readability, the choice of font plays a crucial role. The right font can make your content inviting and easy to read, while the wrong one can deter visitors from engaging with your text. Here are some considerations for selecting readable fonts.

Font Style

  • Serif vs. Sans Serif: Serif fonts, like Times New Roman, have small lines at the ends of their letters and are often used in print. Sans Serif fonts, like Arial and Helvetica, lack these lines and are generally considered more readable on digital screens.
  • Modern Fonts: Consider modern fonts like Calibri or Verdana, which are designed for screen readability.
  • Standard System Fonts: Standard System Fonts are widely supported across different browsers and devices. By using these fonts, you can be more confident that your website will display as intended, regardless of the user's device or browser. 
    • Serif Fonts: Garamon, Georgia, Palatino Linotype, Times New Roman.

    • Sans-Serif Fonts: Arial, Century Gothic, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Lucida Sans Unicode, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, Verdana.

    • Monospace Fonts: Courier New, Lucida Console

Font Size

  • General Guidelines: The standard font size for web content is around 16px. However, this can vary depending on the font style and website design.
  • Mobile Responsiveness: Ensure that the font size adjusts well for mobile devices. Text that’s too small on mobile screens can be challenging to read.

Font Colour and Contrast

  • High Contrast: Ensure high contrast between the text and background colours. Black text on a white background is the most readable combination.
  • Avoid Harsh Colors: Steer clear of bright, harsh text colours like neon green or yellow, which can be hard on the eyes.

Line Length and Spacing

  • Optimal Line Length: Aim for a line length of around 50-60 characters for comfortable reading.
  • Line Spacing: Use line spacing (line height) of about 1.4 to 1.6 times your font size to improve readability.

Examples of Readable Font Combinations

Professional and Clean: Arial (body) and Georgia (headings) – A classic combination that’s easy to read.

Examples of Readable Font Combinations

Modern and Sleek: Helvetica Neue (body) and Roboto (headings) – Provides a contemporary look while maintaining readability.

Examples of Readable Font Combinations

Warm and Inviting: Lato (body) and Merriweather (headings) – A comfortable and inviting choice for blogs and informal sites.

Examples of Readable Font Combinations

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