There weren’t as many web fonts to pick from when I started my freelance career in the early 2000s, still I was always overwhelmed by the number of fonts to choose from. With no formal education in design or typography, my choices were uninformed and limited.

This is the period when I usually receive a couple of emails in which people ask me if I’ll have a Black Friday sale for my book. My answer is always “no, I don’t do Black Friday sales” and then I never hear back from them. They never ask why but I decided to write this post and share my thoughts.

I’d always used the Monaco font and Sublime Text for coding but I recently decided to switch to VS Code. That change also led me to explore monospaced fonts suitable for coding as I worked on customising my VS Code theme.

Do you love doing what you do? Do you love it to the point that you’d do it for free?

I recently received an email from a designer called Jared. He went through the typography lessons that I offer as part of the free course and he was very grateful for them. He said he learned a lot but also had one important question: how do I go about choosing a font for my project?

Designing with a baseline grid in Sketch speeds up the visual design process, enables designers to produce consistent mockups and establishes a consistent vertical rhythm in the designs.

Telling font styles apart was one of the hardest things to do when I started working as a designer. Being self-taught, the only major difference I could see was that a font was either a serif or a sans-serif. But the more I explored, the more I realised how vast the universe of font styles actually is.

I wrote about fluid web typography in last month’s blog post and I realised that a lot of the popular implementation techniques come with accessibility issues. So I wanted to go back and revisit the basics and the best practices of accessible web typography.

Fluid typography gives us so many opportunities to better design the reading experiences on the web but, at the same time, it introduces problems of font sizes scaling uncontrollably and potential accessibility issues. Is fluid web typography ready to be used?

Matej Latin

Senior Product Designer at GitLab. Designer, author, type geek, minimalist. Join my private mailing list at http://matejlatin.co.uk.

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