Choosing an appropriate font for your design is one of the first tasks a TeeM8 designer will face. The key to making a great choice is to pay close attention to what a font is saying.

Is it calm and clear, loud and bold or something else entirely? It’s important to pick a font that is in line with the message you’re wanting to convey in your design.

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Avoid using a font simply because it’s one you happen to like or you’ve seen around. Your favourite fonts may not always be suitable for the design you’re working on and another designer’s choice is likely less so.

In the comparison below for instance, there’s only one font that’s truly creepy. The font on the left creates an ambiguous design while the one on the right gets the job done nicely.

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For text only designs don’t be afraid to play with different colour or garment combinations to enhance what your font is saying. Here are some ideas whipped up in our online designer:

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When adding type to an existing design pick something that supports the elements you’re using and adds to the flavour of the overall design.

For my illustration below I wanted to use something that complimented the line art and was well weighted for the rest of the print. Here’s the illustration on it’s own:

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Here it is with type added in:

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The font I settled on was “Amatic” by Vernon Adams, a nice hand drawn font that also happens to be free.

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At TeeM8 we’re always adding to our selection of fonts and stock art so have fun experimenting and stay tuned for more tips in future posts!

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