More than 90% of online information is in text form, which makes typography one of the most crucial aspects of UI UX design. Typography is all about choosing the right font, size, spacing, and style to convey the message effectively. Different types of fonts can convey different emotions. The key is picking the right font to accurately convey your brand message and using it appropriately, including aspects like readability, accessibility and hierarchy.
Using good typography for UI UX design is a crucial aspect of creating visually appealing and effective user interfaces. Fonts play a significant role in shaping the overall look and feel of a digital product, as they convey information, set the tone, and evoke emotions. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when selecting fonts for UI UX design:
1. Legibility and readability
The primary purpose of typography in UI UX design is to convey information clearly and efficiently. Therefore, it’s essential to choose fonts that are legible and readable, even at smaller sizes or on different devices. Fonts with clean and simple letterforms, ample spacing between letters, and appropriate x-heights are generally more legible, making them ideal for user interfaces.
2. Visual Hierarchy
Fonts can help create visual hierarchy in UI UX design, guiding users through the interface and highlighting important information. By using different font sizes, weights, and styles, designers can emphasize headings, subheadings, and body text to create a clear and organized structure. Consistent use of font styles across the interface can also contribute to a cohesive and visually pleasing design.
3. Device Compatibility
UI UX designs are often accessed on various devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It’s essential to choose fonts that are compatible with different devices and screen sizes to ensure consistent legibility and readability across all devices.
Founders’ Favorite Fonts
Instinct Design Studio’s founders- Ketaki Gujar and Suchi Kothari, both passionate typography lovers, share some of their favorite fonts to use for UI UX design. Ketaki and Suchi both love the font Raleway. “Raleway is an elegant sans serif typeface.” says Suchi. Its clean and modern letterforms make it a popular choice for various design applications, particularly for UI UX design, headings, and branding.
Some of Ketaki’s other favorite fonts include Lato, Ubuntu and Noto Sans. “I use all of these fonts as body text. They are clean, concise and clear fonts” says Ketaki enthusiastically. Lato, Ubuntu, and Noto Sans are three popular sans-serif fonts that are widely used in UI UX design and other design applications. Lato is a friendly font that is suitable for body text and headings. Ubuntu is a humanist font with open and friendly letterforms that make it ideal for UI UX design. Noto Sans, designed by Google, is a versatile font that was specifically designed to support all languages and scripts, making it an excellent choice for multilingual UI UX design. Each of these fonts has its unique characteristics and design elements that make them suitable for different design contexts.
“Playfair is one of my go-to fonts” remarks Suchi. Its elegant and sophisticated letterforms make Playfair Display a popular choice for luxury and high-end branding, editorial design, and display typography. Suchi also loves using Roboto and Inter for body content. Both are popular sans-serif fonts used in UI UX design and other design applications. Roboto has a clean and modern design that makes it ideal for digital interfaces. Inter features unique letterforms that balance geometric shapes with humanist details, resulting in a legible and versatile font for User Inerface design.
Suchi and Ketaki both stress the importance of choosing the right font based on the tone of the brand and the audience. Digital typography is more than just letters on the screen- it is an art form and an essential UI UX element that determines your entire user experience.