Fonts aren’t something that most of us spend a lot of time thinking about. At TCEA, for example, our official font for branding purposes is Gotham. And if you are in a Google environment (like me), we use Montserrat. Montserrat is the free alternative for Gotham, and we can use it easily throughout Google Workspace. So as you can gather, Montserrat is the only one I need to use 98.5% of the time.
Times When You Need a Different Look
BUT every once in a while, I get a chance to use a “fancy” font. Sometimes an invitation, sign, or special document needs some sprucing up. But trying to find a fancy, “just right” style is similar to going down a rabbit hole or opening up a can of worms. It’s easy to lose track of time! Once you get started on your search, how do you stop? I know that I better block out some time on my calendar to scroll through the Google fonts list because there are just WAY too many fun and unique ones to check out.
The last time I wanted to spice up a document, I thought, “Why not make a list of fonts for the future?” Instead of scrolling each time, make a list! So that’s what I did. Hopefully, my suggestions by season will save you some scrolling time and fancy up your different holiday documents throughout the year.
Below, you’ll see that I’ve provided each font name on the right side of the seasonal lists. All you have to do is expand the font list in Google Docs, Google Slides, or whichever app you are using, and look for the corresponding name on the drop-down menu. If you don’t see it on the list, click More Fonts to search for the name and add it to your list.
A quick note: Each ABC line starts with three capital letters, so you have the ability to see if the font is designed in all capital letters or if it consists of both capital and lower case letters. I used size 30 so you can also view and compare the sizes.
If none of these suit your needs, check out this past TCEA blog on how to create your own fonts.
Five Fun Font Facts
Besides the great adventure of finding the fonts for each list, I also spent just a little time learning about the wonderful world of letter design. Enjoy these five fun facts:
- A serif font has feet (decorative strokes that finish off the end of a letter’s stem). A sans serif font does not.
- An Italian invented the Italics font.
- Helvetica is the world’s most popular font because it works well for signage and business documents.
- Worldwide, there are more than 550,000 letter design styles currently available.
- A pangram is a sentence that uses all of the letters of the alphabet. If you learned how to type or need a sentence to see what a font looks like, you will probably be most familiar with this one: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Here are three more pangrams to try out:
- The five boxing wizards jump quickly.
- How vexingly quick daft zebras jump!
- Watch “Jeopardy!”, Alex Trebek’s fun TV quiz game.
If you have a suggestion for a font that rocks your world, please comment and share it with us so we can all enjoy it. Happy typing!