As e-learning designers, we each have a few favorite go-to fonts that we know we can rely on time and time again. These are typically fonts that are tried, tested, and true; they generally are neutral and work well with a wide variety of topics and subject matters. Here are my current top four favorite free fonts:
This font provides a clean, streamlined, and professional look. Because it is all caps, it takes a bold stance, which makes it a great typeface to use for headlines and titles. But the flip side of all-caps is to use it sparingly: I don’t recommend this font for anything more than a title or a few words. Using Bebas for long paragraphs or large chunks of text would just make the text difficult to read and grammatically incorrect.
Looking for a light-hearted way to liven up your content? Lobster is the font for you. It’s ideal for fun and whimsical subject matter. However, be careful not to overuse it or use it in the wrong context (some say it’s quickly gaining a reputation as the new Comic Sans—yikes!) If you like the look of Lobster, but you don’t want to use that exact font, you can also try Pacifico as a great alternative to Lobster, with a similar flair and style.
Sometimes we need to use typography in our courses that looks handwritten, and Daniel is the one I usually choose. Why? For a few reasons. It looks authentic and real, like someone actually wrote it, yet it’s also quite legible. Additionally, it’s gender neutral and could work for males or females. Like other feature fonts, it’s usually not good for large paragraphs of text, but it works great for a title or a caption here and there.
Use the Daniel typeface along with a few hand-draw arrows from this free download (57 Hand-Drawn Black Arrows) and you’ve got yourself a nice handwritten touch to your course!
Another font I often use is Caviar Dreams. This sans-serif typeface sets a more professional, contemporary, and modern tone to your course. It can be used as either a title or headline font, or as a body font, because of its sleek and crisp profile.
These are just four of the fonts I frequently use in my e-learning designs, but there are tons more great free fonts available out there. Which ones are your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!
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