The Secret Of Successful Minimal Font Usage

Posted in Inspiration, Tips, Typography, Web Design3 years ago • Written by 13 Comments

Minimal fonts can awesomely enhance any artwork if used properly. You can see more and more websites using minimal fonts in their designs. Personally I love the neat look of bold minimal font in a minimal design. In this article you’re going to find some tips together with stunning examples to learn more about minimal font usage in web design. While minimalism seems easy – it really isn’t,  it takes great skill to come up with something clean, professional and unique at the same time! Let’s jump into art of minimal fonts?

Bigger Is Better

Since minimal fonts are rather slight you’ll have to use bigger font sizes in order to make your text visible and easy to read. Try to avoid using a font size lower than 14 points. Big and bold minimal serif fonts usually look awesome in headers and plain backgrounds. Large minimal headlines add an interactive look and accent to  minimal designs.

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Fajne Chlopaki uses huge headlines in his website’s header. The site has a clean and minimal style and these large fonts add a creative look to, and complete, the design.

Contrast

If you’re using minimal fonts be sure not to lose contrast. Try to implement light fonts on a dark background or vice versa. Stronger contrast will make your text easier to read since minimal fonts tend to blend into the background if the contrast is to low. Strong contrast will also enhance the whole look and make the fonts really stand out.

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The Visualbox site has a dark background and they’re using white fonts for titles. They’re also using a large font size so the text is very noticeable. These minimal style titles also add a little accent to the design.

Keep It Minimal

Minimal fonts are for minimal usage. They’re neat when used sparingly and in the right situation, though they can look unrefined and clash if you clutter them and use inappropriately. Minimal fonts won’t look good in visually heavy designs. Less is more – they will look great in minimal designs with a lot of white space and few details.

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Oliver James Cosling’s portfolio has a clean and minimal look. He’s using a large minimal font for the title and a smaller one for navigation. These fonts look strong and neat and they complement the design excellently.

Limit Your Fonts

Different type of fonts tend to conflict with each other and create a mess within your design. It’s especially true when talking about minimal fonts. Accurate use of fonts can add the right flair and character to your design. Using a select few however will help maintain a consistent look. Two to three fonts is usually good, of course, you can use more however you’ll have to be careful that they don’t cause visual noise.

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Adoreyou is an excellent example of effective use of minimal fonts. The site itself is a consistent, well-designed minimal style website. They’re using one minimal font for navigation and another one for the titles. The fonts are perfectly implemented into the design, they’re suitable and engaging at the same time.

Examples

Below you’ll find some stunning examples of minimal font use in web design. Each example is unique so you can see how a wide range of minimal fonts can be used. Check out these examples to learn how to implement minimal fonts effectively.

1. Elactique Designs

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2. Impala Web Studio

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3. Josh Sender

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4. Kenny Saunders

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5. Studio Luma

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5. Teixido

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6. My Favourite Thing

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7. Samweb

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8. Giles Revell

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9. Doublenaut

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10. Efingo

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Fonts

I’ve also collected some nifty, good-looking fonts for you to start enhancing your designs.

1. District Thin

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2. Tex Gyre Adventor

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3. Cicle

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4. Sertig

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Minimal Fonts in Web Design: Tips and Inspiration

5. Yanone Kaffeesatz

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6. Hattori Hanzo

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7. Extravaganzza

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8. Tuffy

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9. Print Clearly

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10. Titillium

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Conclusion

I hope you learned something new from these tips and found the examples useful. Remember that minimal fonts are mainly for minimal usage. Don’t exaggerate, though feel free to experiment and achieve new looks. Minimal fonts are subtle but they have a personality which can bring your designs to a whole new level.

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13 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ahmad

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 13:08

    1

    always keep it minimal

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  • Dan

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 16:33

    6

    Daniels great article, fonts are going to be big this year 2011, not even minimal but just nice websites with a focus on typography. And now that Google uses “Google Web Fonts(Beta)” we will see a lot of creative way to show fonts.

    Marios

    0
  • J. Hendrix

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 23:08

    5

    Less is more.. :)

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  • Sean

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 15:06

    4

    Does someone remember those days when Comic Sans was the most used font ? :D

    0
  • Maicon Sobczak

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 14:19

    2

    Well exemplified principles. The suggestions of fonts are very useful.

    0
  • Hannah Hurst

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 13:59

    3

    A nice article to read. I love minimal fonts and the examples provided here demonstrate how effective they can be used. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Mike

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 18:48

    7

    Good article. I’ve always been a fan of “less is more”. Great examples and thanks for the fonts!

    0
  • Bjorn Johansen

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011 01:21

    8

    I guess all of these fonts are commercial or @fontface fonts. Du you have any recommendations of websafe minimal fonts? I like the font you use on the right side of the avatars in the comments.(the name of the commenter)
    Is that a regular font?

    0
    • 1WD Editorial

      Saturday, March 12th, 2011 09:44

      9

      Hey Bjorn, The font you asked about is ITC Century Bold. Hope that helps :)

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  • Emre Sener

    Monday, December 5th, 2011 07:46

    13

    You don’t necessarily have to keep it minimal at all times though. Some contemporary designers fall for the “Helvetica look” and can not bring themselves back to a more objective state that allows for wider scale implementation in design. Remember to keep in mind what McLuhan said, the media is the message, if you are adjusting your media to the minimal look and trying to fit detailed content in there it will not necessarily work. Sometimes careful organization of clutter is way more important than minimalist usage of design elements. So If the content requires 20 different fonts, use 20 different fonts, arrange your clutter and make things readable, user-friendly before refining.

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  • Neville

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 20:10

    12

    The good designer know how to play with a fonts. There is no a limitations for that.
    You have to see the works of Neville Brody at researchstudios[dot]com

    0
  • Jocelyna

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 17:41

    11

    Really it’s a secret to font usage. I love put slick fonts over website. Thanks :)

    0
  • Tom Ross

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 13:25

    10

    Great article. I agree with the points raised, which are all pretty logicial (boldness, minimal usage, contrast etc…). However, one thing that confused me was exactly what was defined as a ‘minimal font’? I understand minimal usage of fonts, but the example fonts provided range from thick/bold headline fonts to far more slight fonts. Are you promoting a concept of ‘minimal fonts’ as fonts that are simple, opposed to those with lots of flourishes/details?

    0
  • Emre Sener

    Monday, December 5th, 2011 07:46

    13

    You don’t necessarily have to keep it minimal at all times though. Some contemporary designers fall for the “Helvetica look” and can not bring themselves back to a more objective state that allows for wider scale implementation in design. Remember to keep in mind what McLuhan said, the media is the message, if you are adjusting your media to the minimal look and trying to fit detailed content in there it will not necessarily work. Sometimes careful organization of clutter is way more important than minimalist usage of design elements. So If the content requires 20 different fonts, use 20 different fonts, arrange your clutter and make things readable, user-friendly before refining.

    0
  • Neville

    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 20:10

    12

    The good designer know how to play with a fonts. There is no a limitations for that.
    You have to see the works of Neville Brody at researchstudios[dot]com

    0
  • Jocelyna

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 17:41

    11

    Really it’s a secret to font usage. I love put slick fonts over website. Thanks :)

    0
  • Tom Ross

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 13:25

    10

    Great article. I agree with the points raised, which are all pretty logicial (boldness, minimal usage, contrast etc…). However, one thing that confused me was exactly what was defined as a ‘minimal font’? I understand minimal usage of fonts, but the example fonts provided range from thick/bold headline fonts to far more slight fonts. Are you promoting a concept of ‘minimal fonts’ as fonts that are simple, opposed to those with lots of flourishes/details?

    0
  • Bjorn Johansen

    Saturday, March 12th, 2011 01:21

    8

    I guess all of these fonts are commercial or @fontface fonts. Du you have any recommendations of websafe minimal fonts? I like the font you use on the right side of the avatars in the comments.(the name of the commenter)
    Is that a regular font?

    0
    • 1WD Editorial

      Saturday, March 12th, 2011 09:44

      9

      Hey Bjorn, The font you asked about is ITC Century Bold. Hope that helps :)

      0
  • Mike

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 18:48

    7

    Good article. I’ve always been a fan of “less is more”. Great examples and thanks for the fonts!

    0
  • Dan

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 16:33

    6

    Daniels great article, fonts are going to be big this year 2011, not even minimal but just nice websites with a focus on typography. And now that Google uses “Google Web Fonts(Beta)” we will see a lot of creative way to show fonts.

    Marios

    0
  • J. Hendrix

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 23:08

    5

    Less is more.. :)

    0
  • Sean

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 15:06

    4

    Does someone remember those days when Comic Sans was the most used font ? :D

    0
  • Hannah Hurst

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 13:59

    3

    A nice article to read. I love minimal fonts and the examples provided here demonstrate how effective they can be used. Thanks for sharing.

    0
  • Maicon Sobczak

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 14:19

    2

    Well exemplified principles. The suggestions of fonts are very useful.

    0
  • Ahmad

    Friday, March 11th, 2011 13:08

    1

    always keep it minimal

    0

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