With thousands to choose from, selecting the right font styles for your e-learning project can be a big decision. If you’re not bound by corporate fonts and style guide rules, you might be tempted to get a little bit crazy and use some really unique fonts in your design. But it’s important to remember that the fonts you choose will have an impact on how well learners take in the materials. Before you hit Publish, take a look at your project and ask yourself these five questions about the fonts you’ve chosen. 

Am I mixing too many font styles?

It’s best practice to stick to a maximum of two to three font styles throughout your course. This keeps things clean and consistent; more and you’ll veer toward disorganized and chaotic. 

Consider choosing a heading font and a body font, and perhaps a third, decorative, font if you really want to add one more to the mix. 

Do my fonts complement each other?

It’s important to choose fonts that work well together. There’s no right or wrong way to mix and match fonts; it’s often about trying combos until you find one that looks good. One tip for ensuring your fonts balance each other out is to pick a thick, chunky font for headings and a sleek, simple font for body text. 

Notice in the image below how using two chunky fonts makes it more difficult to discern the heading from the body text in the example on the left.  

It’s a good idea to look at the fonts you’re using and consider whether they work well together. Do they balance each other out? Do your headings stand out? This is important because you want the headlines to grab the learner’s attention.

Are my fonts legible?

This is a very important question to ask because the purpose of your e-learning course is to convey important information. If learners have a difficult time discerning the text on screen, this will hamper their learning experience.

When you look at font legibility, consider whether the text is clear and easy to read. Are you using fancy, cursive fonts that are difficult to read, or clear block letters that are easy to scan? Are you using colors that make the text stand out and legible? Take a look at the two paragraphs below. Use of fonts and colors goes a long way toward making the example on the right easier to read.

Are my font choices appropriate?

When choosing font styles for your course, make sure you consider both your audience and the subject matter of the course you’re building. A playful, handwritten font might work well for content that is casual in tone, but not so much in a serious, medical-themed module.

Do my fonts work in multiple languages?

If you’re going to translate or localize content, this is an important consideration. Some fonts do not have the characters and symbols needed to display text in other languages. If you’re going to translate your courses, consider this up front when making your font selection and test the fonts to make sure all the symbols and characters you need are indeed available. 

Next time you’re ready to publish an e-learning project, ask yourself these five questions about the fonts you’ve used in your course. Doing so will go a long way toward helping you deliver a clean, streamlined course. Let me know how it goes in the comments below!

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