Most people don’t think much about the letterforms they see on a constant basis. Type, or typography, is omnipresent in the world we live in. Each paragraph, sentence, word, and letter is used to communicate something to us. In particular, the shape and style of the letterform matter a lot.
The font you use, and where it’s placed is as important as what you want to say. The same wording with a different font can alter effectiveness or meaning.
When you send a message out into the world, be sure to follow some simple rules to be sure your message is on point.
Context is everything! Think about what is important to your intended audience. You wouldn’t wear a suit to a cookout or flip-flops to a wedding. Typography is the same way. This is why we don’t use a script font for a business letter. Helvetica or similar fonts are used for signs with important information.
Keep it simple. There will be a temptation to jazz things up and choose some crazy font. This may be ok for a headline, title or similar text, but avoid this for large blocks of text. This can be hard for your audience to read. Times, Garamond and similar fonts will do fine.
Use hierarchy. When we write we often organize our ideas into paragraphs. When you read a book, a group of related paragraphs has a heading. Groups of headings make chapters. Chapter titles are bold and have a lot of space around them. Section headings are bold. Subheadings are smaller. Body text is even smaller. This is a hierarchy. Use bolding, italics and spacing to structure your ideas.
Proof and proof again! There is no excuse for mistakes. Use your spell-check. Grammarly is a great resource for catching errors beyond spell-check. After using these tools, check it yourself in the old fashion way. After that, get a second pair of eyes to review it.
Context is everything! I can’t stress this enough. Use your choice of font to stay on message.
Keeping these tips in mind will ensure that your Instagram post, letter, video, or poster will communicate as intended.