Favorite Fonts for Websites? Font Sizes?

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I'm redesigning a website and ran into a problem. When it comes to picking out fonts, I always seem to like the ones that everyone else views as terrible. It is, however, not a matter of which fonts I prefer, but the general user.

What types of fonts do you prefer? I need fonts for:

  • Paragraph (and the preferred size - I generally use 12 or 14 pt depending on the font)
  • H1 & H3 Tags
  • Headlines

Any suggestions? All will be appreciated. I've always been a fan of Calibri, but generally don't get great responses from it. I do want, if it isn't obvious yet, fonts that are universal - I like my website to be the same universally.
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  • Profile picture of the author DOMINO214
    Hi Joe
    Personally I am a fan of Arial 12 point I think you will find that is one of the most common fonts used. I use Calibri because for some reason it seems to be the default in my word processor but when I am in the stages of finalizing any work I change it to Arial.

    I hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author thester
    I like georgia the best for text as it's easy to read
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  • Profile picture of the author Tomos Wyn
    Recently I've been liking Georgia at 15px for my body text:

    Code:
    font-family:Georgia, serif;
    font-size:15px;
    line-height:24px;
    Otherwise I'll use Arial for my body text:


    Code:
    font-family:Arial, sans-serif;
    font-size:14px;
    line-height:23px;
    This is a pretty good resource when it comes to setting font sizes and line heights.

    As for headings I'll either use Arial or Helvetica Neue.
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  • Profile picture of the author SuzyBlack
    For paragraphs, I like Trebuchet MS and my clients LOVE it!

    For Headings, I use a ''fancy" font in line with what the business is trying to achieve - you can pick from thousands on Google Webfonts (easily coded and work well)
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  • Profile picture of the author peter786110
    I think Georgia font will the best it is easy to read.
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    • Profile picture of the author kferty
      You see, while there are some good and common fonts for websites, there are also the highly necessary standard fonts for websites as well.

      here it is:

      Arial
      Courier New
      Georgia
      Helvetica
      Times New Roman
      Trebuchet MS
      Verdana
      Webdings
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  • Profile picture of the author webdevpro
    Mostly I use Arial and Verdana. The heading size varies from 15px to 30px and the normal paragraph around 13px.
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  • Profile picture of the author learric
    I find Trebuchet MS and Georgia are the most professional looking and are usually the easiest to read in both paragraph and header tags. I would also recommend looking into Google Webfonts or JS Cufon as these will give you hundreds of other options and are compatible with most browsers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tech Diva
    My favorite source to both look through fonts as well as send my clients to go to select from is Google Web Fonts
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    • Profile picture of the author profitableblog
      beyond web fonts - any suggestions on who to best search for font types? I'm looking for some font options for "tough guys" - think harley owners, boxing/mma, war video games. Anybody have any font suggestions or ideas on HOW to search(where is easy)?

      thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeskCoder
    Originally Posted by WebsiteBegin View Post

    I'm redesigning a website and ran into a problem. When it comes to picking out fonts, I always seem to like the ones that everyone else views as terrible. It is, however, not a matter of which fonts I prefer, but the general user.

    What types of fonts do you prefer? I need fonts for:

    • Paragraph (and the preferred size - I generally use 12 or 14 pt depending on the font)
    • H1 & H3 Tags
    • Headlines

    Any suggestions? All will be appreciated. I've always been a fan of Calibri, but generally don't get great responses from it. I do want, if it isn't obvious yet, fonts that are universal - I like my website to be the same universally.
    Be careful with Calibri ... I don't think Macs have that font by default.

    You can't go wrong with web safe fonts:
    Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents (Browser safe fonts) - Web design tips & tricks

    or using web fonts like Google fonts or something like cufon:
    Google Web Fonts
    cufón - fonts for the people
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