For all of the advancements in web design and development, one problem has remained: the inability to easily incorporate real fonts into websites. It’s frustrating for designers because they want to make a visually inspiring site and don’t want to be shackled by the ‘web-friendly’ fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman, Courier, Comic Sans and Impact. Helvetica and Georgia are also common fonts that are widely accepted across browsers.Let’s face it, you can only do so much with these fonts.
In most cases designers will use fancy fonts for navigation items, special graphics and some headlines. Developers cut these up into images or even combine them into image sprites and integrate them into the web site template. This is fine for items that don’t change often but really limits flexibility. What if you want your blog post titles to have a cool font? You can’t use images for dynamically generated content. So what do you do?
sIFR (scalable Inman Flash replacement)
Obviously I prefer either TypeKit or the Google Font Library over sIFR. They’ve both made it very easy to integrate and each have their pros and cons versus the other. Both are relatively new so it will be interesting to see how well they do. These are the tools I’ve used most frequently, but there are many more out there like Cufón, Typeface and AnyFont. Which is your favorite?