No single typeface works best for all Web applications, but there are rules designers can follow to help select the right type for each project. Top rules include selecting large counters to improve legibility, testing for distinct letter forms and looking for fonts designed with the Web in mind, writes Benjie Moss.
Fonts have often been tied to places, from Matthew Carter's Georgia taking a prominent place in Microsoft use and Apple's selection of city-themed fonts from Susan Kare. Continuing that trend, Apple has released a new San Francisco font, a sans-serif typeface designed to shine on the Apple Watch.
Free fonts have long been dismissed as amateurish knock-offs, but now professional typeface designers have started releasing open-source fonts, and Google Fonts has made many quality font families available for free, writes Jeremiah Shoaf. The free fonts include the award-winning Alegreya, Adobe's Source Sans Pro and the Firefox operating system font, Fira Sans.
Having a good set of cheat sheets to help you remember various programming languages and keyboard shortcuts can help you save major time as a Web designer, Henry Jones writes. He offers a collection of eight printer-friendly cheat sheets including a typeface guide, a Photoshop CS6 keyboard shortcut guide and a flowchart guide for choosing Web-safe fonts.