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Last modified: 12. 3. 2016
There are two things to be cautious about if you are a web font newbie:
When choosing fonts for your websites, do not forget about non-technical aspects. Typography is a serious discipline and not every font is suitable for every website. Moreover, not all font pairs work together.
If you are looking for study resources, I recommend these:
Typekit.com, Fonts.com and other companies employ top-notch typographers and technicians and offer their own licensing of great and well-known fonts. Sure, they will charge you for their services, but you will avoid a lot of problems.
Visiting typographers’ websites directly is not a bad idea either. Even here, in the Czech Republic, we have several good typographers. For example, Tomas Brousil (suitcasetype.com) and Frantisek Storm (stormtype.com).
Google Fonts is a good service offering a large number of font families for free. However, not all of them are good and not all of the support languages with special characters. For more information go to google.com/fonts
Fontsquirrel not only has its own database of fonts with similar advantages and disadvantages as Google does, but it also has a well-known font generator that will make a web font out of your OTF format and any other non-web formats.
There are literally hundreds of free fonts scattered around the internet. However, there are very few good ones. A high quality font should have some essential technical (e.g. file size), typographical (e.g. optimized web font rendering and readability) and aesthetic parameters.
If you do not have a technician or a typographer at your disposal (or your own knowledge is limited for that matter), you can spoil your website. Therefore, there is no shame in using system fonts.