Whether it’s in a school project or in a task at work, most people have been put in the position where they are forced to use their creative side, but struggle to find the right font for their project. Many people, myself included, browse the internet for websites that are already very well designed, in an attempt to find some inspiration. The trouble is that very few websites label their text with the font it was created in, leaving people who aren’t fluent in design extremely lost.
There are many benefits to rooting your Android. Root provides access to parts of the phone that were otherwise unavailable, meaning that you can increase the speed of the phone and even install the operating system from another device. The main reason I use root, is to customize my phone to have it exactly the way I want. One of the ways of doing this, is by changing the system’s font.
By changing the font on your Android, you change the entire font. Not just on the home screen, but the text throughout the entire operating system. This is why it requires root access.
What you need
The only thing you need before you begin this tutorial, is root access to your phone. I haven’t done a tutorial on this, as there are so many different variations for each device that there would be countless posts. If you’re not sure how to root your Android, check out Ready2Root.com and search for your device. The easiest way of doing this also includes the use of a computer.
1: Download Font Changer
The first step is to go to the Google Play Store and download ‘Font Changer (root)‘. It’s a small download that wont work unless you have rooted your phone.
2: Choose a font
Using your computer as the easiest option, download a font of your choice. There are loads of websites where you can do this, my personal favourite is DaFont. Take time when choosing your font, it changes everything from the home screen to the texts, and even the web content on some browsers. If you choose a thin font, you may need to change it to large on your phone settings.
3: Download and transfer the font
Once you have chosen your font, connect your phone to your computer and enter mass storage/USB transfer mode. In your SD card, go to ‘.fontchanger’ and drop the .ttf file there. Then you can safely disconnect your phone.
4: Setting the font
Visit the Font Changer application. If done correctly, the application should wait for a while as it refreshes the fonts. Once it’s done that, it should display you with the name of the fonts you have dropped in the ‘.fontchanger’ folder. Select the font you have just downloaded and reboot your phone.
When your phone reboots, your system should have a completely new font throughout. As I mentioned, it may be worth expanding the text size to see it better, which can be done in the settings menu of most Android phones.
Fonts are considered an important element of any website graphic look and feel. The color, style and size of any font can be customized according to your varying website designs. However, before using any font in your web page design, it is important to understand its impact over the readers with typography and fonts. Fonts contribute an important element of any design layout, using them effectively improves the quality of your website design. The below mentioned are some basic ideas of font types and styles which can help you to embark with impressive website designs.
Understanding the basics.
The best way to work with fonts or typography over the web medium is to understand whether the font is safe for the web page use. There are countless fonts seen in the arsenal for your web design projects; however, if the users do not have these at their systems, they are bound to see nothing at their end.
Hence a majority of designers generally choose web safe fonts which they known that it will show up to the users. Besides, you need to understand the basics of spacing and alignment while using various safe fonts over the web design. Even though you are a seasoned designer, it is important to brush up these basics.
This will remind you these font usage golden rules which you practice in your various web design projects. Moreover, the fonts used in your web design should always be licensed especially for @font-face use. Just because you get fonts for free doesn’t mean that you have the right to use them publically.
The most common font types include sans serif, serif, fancy, monospace and cursive. Among these the options of serif and sans serif are considered to be the most popular used font styles. The serif letters generally ends with a slight extension which appears like a small feet, for instance Courier and Times are serif styles. However, the sans serif are crystal clear and are not seen any feet in it, the best example of this style is Helvetica and Arial. You can further find a couple of typefaces including normal, italic, bold and bold italic along with other extensions. The font – Verdana is considered to be a popular choice and looks cool on PCs and Macs. The other common fonts which are used include Arial, Trebuchet, Lucida Grande and Georgia. Each of these fonts have their own specific character and style, you have to use them accordingly in your web design.
The font size used in main contents, headings and subheadings are very critical as it plays a role in controlling the emphasis factor. In your main content, the popular size is 10 or 12 pixel, whereas in heading and subheading, you can use one size bigger in order to build proper hierarchy. The factor of font hierarchy is an important element which is actually your information design and type design.
A visitor coming at your website gets visual cues when it glances over your headings and the fonts used in it. Using bold option in any font size can help your website design to appear neat and organized. The more uniform your typefaces and font sizes the improved the overall look and appeal of your website design.
Adding the elements of Style and Emphasis
By emphasizing your content, you actually give a new life to your text in your web design. You can find a number of choices which works along with your eye movement in any specific direction. The factor emphasis is relevant in advertising any product on the web. There are number of customizations available including normal, italic, bold and bold italic along with other extensions which can be used as per your requirements.
Moreover, you can also use capital letters or simply underline any word or sentence to emphasize the text. By using colors you can get rid of the monotony in your content. However, it should be used with proper care as trying some wrong colors can make your text difficult to read. The line spacing and the intra letter spacing or kerning is also an important element of effective web design. If you use spacing wisely you embark with a perfect finishing quality in your content. Maintaining a proper balance is important while working with spacing. It helps to make your content readable and accessible to your visitors.
Though the fonts may not seem to be as important as the graphics of a website for any novice website designer, however, their significance cannot be underestimated. Using different style fonts in a right way play a key role in imparting information about your products and services. By engaging competent fonts, you embark effective web design, thus attracting a number of visitors towards your website.
About the author: Alyssa Clarke is a blogger who also happens to be a tech buff. She is always on a look out for latest tech stuff and is currently hunting for wireless speakers. She is always on a look out for concept gadgets and vehicles and her recent favorite is the Parker brothers choppers.