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Paying for fonts

Discussion in 'Design' started by 22_22, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. 22_22

    22_22 New Member Webmaster

    What do you think about paying for fonts? Do you approve of it? Have you ever purchased a font? How much did you pay? What was the most you payed for a font?

    I've never bought a font as I'm not a huge graphics guy but I am interested in your opinions on this. :)
  2. SeanFace101

    SeanFace101 New Member Webmaster

    I havent ever bought a font, nor came across anyone selling fonts, but i have nothing against people buying them or indeed selling them. If you had a unique font for your website, then it would make it a bit more different from the others.
  3. isuit21

    isuit21 New Member Webmaster

    It is not really needed to buy fonts, as you can either make your own or just use some free ones. Basically you can change the font, simply by adding various types of effects and it depends for what exactly you are using them.
  4. Andrei

    Andrei New Member Webmaster

    I don't think you should buy them, you can find thousands of free fonts online. www.dafont.com
  5. BigBigFan

    BigBigFan New Member Webmaster

    There are far too many excellent free fonts available so selling generic fonts is likely not a good business model. If you sell a service that will create a font from scratch you might have more luck but the downside is that browsers may not be able to display them so your business is limited.

    F.Y.I. in HTML 5 you can use CSS to create custom fonts, it's a huge step forward for CSS abilities, check it out.
  6. SonnyNET64

    SonnyNET64 New Member Webmaster

    There are too many free fonts that are superb rather than buying them. Unless you've got the money and the font looks great, maybe you should buy them and be a premium company/business.

  7. bauss

    bauss New Member Webmaster

    There's nothing wrong with paying for fonts if you want a unique font for your brand, but there is so many free fonts available that it really doesn't make sense to make for a custom font.
  8. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Member Webmaster

    I think I purchased a pixel font like 10+ years ago, but it was only a few bucks. If I was running a larger design service, I would probably pick up a copy of Adobe FontFolio along with the other products in the Adobe Suite. Font Folio contains a lot of the most popular commercial fonts.

    The one reason you would need some of these commercial fonts is if you are doing work for a client who has materials that currently use them. In other words, if certain commercial fonts are part of their logo and branding, you need these on your system as well to continue working on graphics and other stuff for them.
  9. Nymph

    Nymph New Member Webmaster

    Unless you are seeking out a very specific design or a font to go with a theme, or even one to go with a web application or game, it is unnecessary to pay for fonts. Furthermore, if you really need fonts for this purpose, it's better to create these fonts yourself in an application like Illustrator, and then add them as pictures with descriptions of text and whatnot to your website for SEO. We're not all adequate at graphic design, so you might look into paying for fonts to work with as a base or by themselves. For me, it isn't worth it.
  10. sb123

    sb123 New Member Webmaster

    I had once asked my client to buy the Helvetica font as he needed it for his site. I don't remember how much the client paid for it. If my client needs a particular font or even a graphic image, then I ask them whether they would buy it directly or whether I should buy and then invoice them. I prefer my clients to purchase all the extra items though.
  11. iridescent

    iridescent New Member Webmaster

    I think that if you want a look for your product, but a font. It would put you out of your competitors. There's also supporting a certain group who creates fonts. There are also thousands of free fonts out there if you merely need some font to use.
  12. Hanaseru

    Hanaseru New Member Webmaster

    Fonts always seem way too expensive to be paid for.
  13. TheDerpMan

    TheDerpMan New Member Webmaster

    I don't see a need to buy fonts. Most fonts are available for free, and are easily readable. Any of the fonts that you could pay for would really need to stand out, but for a font to really stand out, it has to look odd. This causes the web page you design to be hard to read for the user, while still "standing out". So free fonts will generally be fine for making web pages, and I don't see the point of paying for something that is given to you for free.
  14. stiflex

    stiflex New Member Webmaster

    I never pay for a font, I google the name of the font and download it there. And if I have to pay for it. I don't - i look for a similar one, thats free :)
  15. BigJ

    BigJ New Member Webmaster

    Fonts are an unnecessary expense in my opinion... then again, I aim to outsource most of my work.
  16. Zerth

    Zerth New Member Webmaster

    I don't think they're worth it, as people said, you can get loads of free ones online.
    Although, if fonts costs, they are most likely to be really professional ones, but then again, free ones contain lots of good ones. Just a waste of money to spend money on something you can get for free, nearer to the quality.
  17. Steverd

    Steverd New Member Webmaster

    I have never and will never pay for fonts. I've seen sites that offer them for sale and sometime not cheap. If you you spend time searching around you can usually find the same ones for free elsewhere. If I couldn't find what I needed for free, I would simply use a different font. My answer is to never pay for fonts!

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