Many of you know that over the past year my affection towards Google Fonts has borderlined “font stalking”, and those who really know me know that I developed a huge font crush with the Oswald.
While I still like what Google is doing, I have to admit the past few days I’m smitten and having a rampant love affair with Typekit.
Like every good steamy love story there’s a chance encounter that took place, and mine is a result of mindless web surfing this past weekend.
I was looking around the internet for design inspiration, and as I always seem to, ended up on the website of Jason Santa Maria – who, if you don’t know him, is one of the best designers on the planet.
After spending minutes in awe of his site, I landed on his About page, which states that he’s the Creative Director of Typekit. So I headed over there to check things out.
Love at First Sight
Most romance stories have a moment when two sets of eyes meet, and the beginning of my passionate novel is no different.
I was immediately enamored with the typography and the color palette of Typekit’s website. Maybe that’s a bi-product of being acquired by Adobe, but there was definitely curb appeal upon my arrival.
To be honest, I actually felt like putty in their hands, because the experience I had while I was there was so good that it left me with no option other than to buy something before I left.
Within minutes, I opened up my wallet and purchased the Portfolio plan which gives me full access to their font library and can use their fonts on as many sites as I’d like.
Rounding First Base
I can make references with how quickly we got to second base, but I’d rather keep things simple and say that it didn’t take long before I had implemented Proxima Nova here on my blog.
I move fast in life, but Typekit made it really easy to get there.
I’ll save the “How to Install a Typekit Font” thing for another day, but what I will say is the picture I had of installing it (and the lack of time it took) was completely wrong.
So I spent a few hours yesterday and updated StudioPress to include a few of the Typekit fonts as well. And as the saying goes… Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!
Switching Font Teams
Although my experience with Typekit has been nothing short of sensational, please don’t think that I’ve completely dumped Google Fonts. There’s a place in my heart for them, and always will be.
Because Google Fonts are free to use, we’ll continue to use them on our themes at StudioPress. We have no intentions on using Typekit, as I don’t feel it’s right to make a demo look great only to be followed with “if you want your site to look like this, you need to purchase a font.”
What I will say is that on any of the custom design projects I’m involved in, I certainly plan to use Typekit as much as possible.
And I thank Jason Santa Maria for that.
What’s Your Take?
Ok, enough about me and my newfound infatuation.
How about you? Have you used Typekit at all, or Cufon for that matter? How do they compare, in your opinion, to Google Fonts.
What are your favorite fonts? Let’s talk about this below in the comments!