A question I get asked all the time is “I want pretty handwriting script on my website. How do I do that?”
Traditional fonts safe for web such as Arial or Georgia have been used by web designers because they are simple and easy to read. But they can be boring when you are trying to express your creative side.
However, services such as Typekit and Google Fonts have drastically increased the range of fonts open to designers. Another way of adding a unique or interesting feel to your website is to design using handwritten typography or a script fonts.
Handwritten typography adds creativity to a site. In recent years, it has become an increasingly popular choice for web designers. Handwritten typography adds a personal touch or flair, giving a site an original and custom-made feel.
However creative these fonts are, use them sparingly. Too much fancy script can make a web site hard to read and will most certainly cause your visitors to click away quickly.
Less is More
Using to many different fonts can leave your website looking unprofessional.
Here’s where most people make the mistake – they use several different fonts. For example, one cursive font might be used for their logo and then a completely different one for their blog post templates. Be consistent, pick one and stick with it.
Make Sure It’s Readable
Cursive or script fonts can be difficult to read, so use them for large headings, i.e. blog post templates and on-brand messaging like subscribe, about, etc. Cursive fonts can be hard to read for some readers. Since everything should be clear and concise, select a highly readable cursive font. When I use a script web font, I use it sparingly.
Below are links to my favorite free script fonts: