Font Combo for Script on Fashion Blog!

danabaginski's picture

Hey everyone! I recently started a fashion/lifestyle blog and have discovered a new found love of fonts! I understand the typography of a page will change the overall feel of the entire page. I designed my logo using this free font: http://www.enfont.com/vni-thuphap.font
I know there can be issues using free fonts as a logo so I did email the creator multiple times without a reply! That brings me to the first part of my question, do you guys think its ok to use the free font as my logo?? If so then here is an image of what I have http://imgur.com/d4FFeLv

What I want is two fonts that will look great with the script logo. One that has more character and weight, for the post titles and navigation. Another that is easy to read for large bodies of text. I want something fresh and clean but still fashion forward, something that is not too serious or childish. I have been trying out the google font play fair display but its too orderly if that makes sense.

Any help is welcome :) I have been looking at mostly Google Fonts because I'm using WordPress but would be willing to look into other options if I knew how.

hrant's picture

Indeed the easier it is to get a font the harder it is to stand out from the crowd.

hhp

charles ellertson's picture

Indeed the easier it is to get a font the harder it is to stand out from the crowd.

I'm confused. You mean she should climb K2 (too many have climbed Everest) and see if there's a font lying around at the top?

Or maybe just use a really expensive font, 'cause very few will have bought it? Or perhaps an ugly one because most will pass it by?

And she should do this because you mean if she picks the right font, she doesn't have to write anything at all on the blog, the important part is already done?

In short, I'm confused how this advise helps.

hrant's picture

It's pretty simple. A font isn't just about readability, it expresses things; and what it expresses depends not only on what it looks like, but also what it's been used for. A great example is Trajan: one might expect it to convey Ancient Rome, but it really mostly makes people think of Hollywood movie posters, Victoria's Secret, etc. It's much worse with Helvetica: it has said so much about so many things that it no longer says anything. Neither of those typefaces are free. On the other hand it's not rocket science that something that costs more than something else is generally more rare, hence generally more focused. Exceptions? Duh.

But deep down you already know all this. It's that the chip on your shoulder has gotten so big it's affecting your hearing.

And she should do this because you mean if she picks the right font, she doesn't have to write anything at all on the blog, the important part is already done?

I'm not stupid enough to have said that. And you're not stupid enough to believe I said that. On the other hand thinking that this place needs to be about more than just typography is stupid.

hhp

Té Rowan's picture

No, @charles, @hrant merely opines that price grants exclusivity. It very often does, but is not guaranteed to.

I'm tempted to suggest Studio Di Lena as font supplier, my beady eye leaning on Nova Semplicità and Lello. IIRC, they only cost a name drop.

danabaginski's picture

@Te Rowan thank you for actually providing an answer to my question ;) Did you guys (@hrant or @charles) have any suggestions on what you think might match well??

Té Rowan's picture

As an aside, the face I use as default serif in the browser is PT Serif, simply because I can read it well. I have never checked, though, how well it goes with Semplicità.

hrant's picture

Dana, is your logo final?
What kind of fashion/lifestyle do you deal with?
What kinds of photos/illustrations to you use?
How text-heavy is it?

hhp

danabaginski's picture

Logo can change but I am really quite fond of it. I have a lot of street style posts with an urban feel. I also post about high fashion/runway and also decor.

It's not too serious mostly casual writing style, fun but still edgy.

You can check out my site if you want to see what I'm working with :) the coding and set up is not quite there yet but you can get the idea...

Www.brokeandsavvy.com

charles ellertson's picture

Your logo is basically handwriting or, in the pre-Y2K days "signage," so the real question is whether you want to continue that theme, or use something that really does suggest "type," with all its traditional regularity.

The one thought I had was the logo is, as you say, a touch edgy. Alegreya is a touch edgy, esp. in the bold, but likely too pretty for your use. So, I just Googled edgy fonts...

https://www.google.com/search?q=edgy+fonts&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa...

With either path, some of those might suggest something worth exploring...

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Dana. Forgive me for suggesting my own typeface, but I think Vinter looks very much at home here.

Frode Bo Helland's picture

Looks like the nav is artificially bold, but the top is right.

danabaginski's picture

I know the logo font isn't really for everyone but I think I'm gonna stick with it for now. Thanks for your suggestions everyone.

Frode, I love your font!! I think its a great match unfortunately I don't have any extra capital to purchase it :( thanks for chiming in!

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