A key aspect of designing a dream website is finding the right fonts. As with colour selection, I aim for visual beauty in keeping with the spirit of the site, reinforced by names reflecting its purpose.

Having sifted through several thousand fonts (truly), I found myself gravitating again and again to the kinetic energy of scripts, and among these, two stood out for a website celebrating life: Spirit of Dance by Vera Holera and Wild Pen by Corradine Fonts.

Both are strong, singing scripts, and neither has been used 1000 times on coffee cups and t-shirts. Though by the time I have launched my life-celebrating product range, I hope they will have been used 1000 times and will be fully associated with nuannaarpoq.

Like many scripts, they work best for titles or phrases or shorter quotations, with Wild Pen being the more readable of the two for longer excerpts.  So I used Spirit of Dance for page headers and for some short quotations in blog posts, and Wild Pen for others.

For body text, neither would be easy on the eye, so I use Merriweather as the default serif and Ubuntu as the sans serif. Both have meaning in their names and are easy to read.

The featured image shows how they all look, lined up in a row, each stating the beautiful word ‘nuannaarpoq’ in their own way.

And because the makers among you know that what can’t be seen counts almost as much as what can be seen, you might like to know that my behind-the-scenes working documents on this site use Lucida Bright!

Photo credit: Mona Eendra at unsplash.com


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