5 Mistakes to Avoid in Using Decorative Fonts for Your Design


October 5, 2021

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There are a lot of design elements to consider when designing posters, websites, or other materials. Images, graphics, and fonts are some of the most important elements that will determine how your final design will look. That is why each element has to be chosen thoughtfully in order to create a beautiful and harmonious design. Therefore, you will have to be careful when choosing decorative fonts to use.

Fonts are crucial elements in any design because their purpose is not only to enhance the look of your design but also to convey important information. While decorative fonts can look stunning, there are things you need to avoid if you want a more professional looking design. Here are some of them.

Decorative Fonts
Sumber : Aqr Studio
  • Hard to read

Your design may look stunning with all the cursive and decorative fonts. What’s the point if your readers work too hard just to get the messages you will convey? On top of looking beautiful, your design has to be able to send the message across easily, and the readers understand it quickly. That is why it is important to make sure that the fonts you use are readable.

When you are choosing fonts for your brand, consider where you are going to use them. It will be easier if you choose fonts that can be used in a variety of ways so that you don’t have to choose new fonts every time you design something for your brand. Remember, you can choose unique fonts that will help your audiences attracted to the design, but don’t take it too far that it is difficult to read.

  • Too many fonts

There are hundreds and even thousands of fonts available to choose from. Despite the wide array of selections, you should stick to two or three different fonts only. Using more than three fonts at once will make your design looks confusing, crowded, and less attractive. 

Pick two or three fonts only and stick to these fonts for all your brand’s designs. Therefore, you may need some time to choose and adjust to find some that can represent your brand well enough. By doing this, you can save a lot of time when designing new projects. Additionally, using the same fonts will also help people recognize your brand easily.

  • Not arranging the fonts

Once you know which fonts you are going to use, the next thing is to arrange them well in your design. Make sure you leave enough white space around the text. This is important to prevent cluttered design, which can be hard to adjust with the design and harder to read.

When using decorative fonts or any other fonts in your project, make sure that you have consistent spacing and alignment across the design. Inconsistent spacing and alignment will ruin the overall look of your design. Therefore, make sure that you have carefully thought about how you are arranging the fonts in your design.

  • No fonts hierarchy

Fonts hierarchy is important to show the focal or important point you want to show on your design. By creating a fonts hierarchy, your readers will understand or notice right away what is the important information that you are trying to convey. Without it, readers will not know where to look, and it can make your design appears a little bit confusing to them.

You can add hierarchy by paying attention to the words that you want to emphasize. Then, you can emphasize it by using different fonts, color, or make it bolder and larger than the rest of the text.

  • Using too common fonts

Maybe you want to play safe by using common fonts for your design. However, common fonts will not be able to convey your intended vibe or meaning to your audience. 

You want the readers to immediately catch the specific feeling that you are trying to convey. Therefore, it is important to pick unique fonts that represent the tone and style of your business as well as relate to your audience. 

Decorative fonts certainly look pretty, making them a perfect font to use in various design projects. However, you still need to be careful because this type of font can also make your project look overwhelming if you don’t know how to use it. But once you know what type of mistakes to avoid, you should be able to implement this type of font beautifully on your project design.

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