Spiff Up Your Print Project with These Font Tips
When designing a new advertising piece, most companies focus on crafting a targeted message and creating a vibrant, eye-catching design. However, the real impact of an advertising piece is lost when the target audience finds it difficult to read.
That’s why it is important to choose a font that is not only easy to read, but helps tie the design of a print project together. Here are a few tips business owners can follow to get the most out their print marketing projects.
Serif Versus Sans Serif
A serif is a short line attached to the ends of letters in certain fonts, such as Times New Roman. Serifs make text easier to read because they help the eye tell the difference between letters in a large section of text. Use serif fonts for projects where there is a paragraph or more of text, such as a welcome letter or brochure.
Sans serif fonts are fonts where no serifs are used on the ends of letters, such as Arial. While they can be difficult and tiring to read in longer bodies of writing, sans serif fonts are visually bold and are good choices for headlines, logos, and other text that needs to catch readers’ eyes.
Just One to Three Fonts Will Do
Using too many fonts can crowd an advertising design and turn people off from reading it. Most effective print pieces employ only one to three fonts. Choosing one font is simple and helps tie an advertising piece together, while using two or three fonts can help build contrast between different kinds of text, such as headlines and call-out quotes.
Color and Contrast
The color of the text and the contrast this color creates with the background hue are also important considerations. Black and white are obvious choices for the best contrast. Black text on white background is a traditional choice, while white text on a black background is actually easier to read for those who struggle with sight.