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For non-designers, fonts can seem the most confusing element of design. It’s not common knowledge. As creative entrepreneurs and content creators, you might find yourself needing to install fonts to your computer.
System fonts are the fonts that come installed on your computer. Some fonts are better than others, especially if you have a Mac. System fonts are optimized for screen legibility. Therefore, they do not do well when printed; they lack the design details and sharpness. When printed, system fonts look chunky.
Since hundreds of millions of computers have system fonts, they are over exposed – Arial, Times, Helvetica. If limited to system fonts, I recommend the following: Avenir, Century Schoolbook, Franklin Gothic, Garamond, Gill Sans, Helvetica Neue, and Hoefler Text.
Mac’s Font Book default sorts fonts into three groups – All Fonts, Computer, and User. In the “Computer” category, you will find your system fonts. When you install a new font from either Google Fonts, Creative Market, Typekit, or My Fonts, they will show up under User and All Fonts.
How to Install Fonts
If you are installing fonts, I recommend closing down any design programs you have open – to speed up the process.
- Download the zip file from wherever you downloaded/purchased fonts. Most fonts come in a zip file download.
- Double-click on the font files. A new window will open with the font.
- Press “INSTALL FONT”.
- FontBook will open showing the font under USER fonts.
- Open your design program, and the font will be able to use.
Special Note: This tutorial shows you how to install the font on your computer, but it does not install it on your website. If you wanted to use this font for your website, you would need to install it through your theme!