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If you read last week's two posts about fonts—Fonts I: The families and their styles and Traveling and tails: Best practices—you should be pretty up-to-speed about 1) some font terminology (families, styles, tails); 2) how to travel successfully with fonts (a BIG issue among my readers, apparently); and 3) what you have to consider with your audience and the tone to project when choosing a font for your email, presentation, document—whatever. You wouldn't wear your sweaty workout clothes to work, would you? (Oh wait; I've seen that on the Microsoft campus WAY too often. An unspoken "no dress code" is often abused, in my crabby esteem. But never mind; let's plough/plow ahead.)
And now it's all led up to this:
As I tried to explain in the first two font posts last week, the font you choose says something about you, and you may want to put forth different images at different times. For example, the font you use for general email at work should be simple and readable, while the font you choose for your personal email, while still readable, can have a bit more flair. And the font you use on for your on-screen presentation may be different from the font for the printed hand-outs.
Windows and Office come with a set of preinstalled fonts, depending on the version you're using. But maybe you're not satisfied with what "comes with.." Maybe you need some personalization, extra pickles & onions, extra-long, extra...something. For those who want to go forth and multiply, there are plenty of places willing to either sell you or (get this) provide FOR FREE more fonts. I'm not kidding!
Now that I've gotten you all riled up about it, and before I send you to those places, a warning ("NOW a warning?" as Madeline Ashton—Meryl Streep—says in Death Becomes Her): Once you start adding more fonts to your collection...you may not be able to stop. Using as directed may cause gleeful typing or bursts of creativity. Talk to your computer if you have any questions.
Some of my favorite font foundries (and other font-focused fixes):
You can find a whole lot more on the Fonts and Products area of the Microsoft Typography site.
If you want to know how to install new fonts, visit this page for the info.
Let me get this out of the way: I can't tell you, in the number of words it takes to write a blog post, how to create your own font. What I can do is point you in the direction of what I think are decent services and companies that enable you to do just that (and if any of these are NOT good, let me know that so that I can remove and replace):
Of course there are a gazillion more, so you'll just have to do a web search, consider your budget, and go forth and multiply your fonts.
And now a confession (NOW a confession?!?): I am NOT an expert on fonts. (<Whew> I feel better; don't you?) But you want experts? I got experts: Visit Microsoft Typography and click away to your font-loving heart's content. There you can go deeper into developing fonts, finding fonts, and even get some free font tools.
My final word about fonts: There is no way I can provide total info about fonts. My suggestion is that you do a web search for "find new fonts" or "installing fonts for Office" or "create your own font" or something like that. There is a TON of good linkage out there (and some bad, of course; this IS the Internet we're talking about). Choose your sources wisely and maybe you could let me know what YOUR favorite font is (or maybe even send me a sample of your own).
Enough about fonts. Let's move on to something else. Hmm...what does Crabby have up her polyester-blend sleeve....? Have a good week, everyone.
My favorte fun free font is Bleeding Cowboys, slightly Goth, not to be overdone but effective in the right places: www.dafont.com/bleeding-cowboys.font..
Nice - thanks, Ramona.
I confess I don't see what's so great about being able to mess about with fonts (let me know if I'm talking too technical here). The use of fancy fonts is a sign of someone with too much time in their sad, empty life imho. Each to their own I suppose. I have a question on fonts though. What on earth is the point of Wingdings?
Well to each his own, Grumpy, but if you take a look at a template I made for creating a creative out of office message, you'll see ONE application of Wingdings. (And trust me, I don't have too much time in my life and it's neither sad nor empty.) There are creative people in the world...some of them are even engineers. office.microsoft.com/.../creative-out-of-office-message-TC010381986.aspx
Thanks for the response. In my eyes, it illustrates my point - an out of office message does not need icons, and adding them is a waste of time and effort imho, albeit not much time and not much effort with your template.
I'm guessing that whoever thought it would be 'fun' to allow people to play about with fonts is the same person that thought 30 different combinations of settings on my dishwasher would be 'fun'. Find one that works and don't waste time playing about with the others is my approach.