The Ten Commandments of Typography

ROFL 21-04-2014

Ideally, the first commandment should be: never use Comic Sans. Alas, it’s not the first, but the last. Mocking aside, this list of 10 typography tips is actually quite useful and includes several basic font selection guides.

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The Ten Commandments of Typography font infography


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  1. Joao Brito
    July 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Great tips! But I think the image is too small; can't you publish it larger?

  2. a
    April 22, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Great article/image. Just wanted to point out that commandment 8 should read "complementary", not "complimentary".

  3. Steve
    April 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm


  4. Pieter
    April 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The last one about the fonts you shouldn't use should also include Times New Roman and Arial (just about as bad as Comic Sans).

    I've found the site practical typography ( to be the best resource to improve typography on websites.

    • Mike
      April 22, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Just because Arial and Times New Roman are really popular it doesn't mean, they have no purpose and should be avoided.
      People have seen these fonts alot, so they're accustomed to them, they're almost a part of the web.
      So if you want to have a little instant-trust, you could use that boring Arial and not some stylish web-font you just discovered.
      It's like going to McDonalds in a foreign city, no matter how boring a Hamburger is, it will give you a bit of feeling at home.

  5. Mary Watson
    April 22, 2014 at 1:14 am

    cool article! good stuff here! Going to print this out and post it near my computer!
    Thanks Jackson.

  6. Robyn McIntyre
    April 21, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Jackson, you're really on a roll lately. Good stuff. And @dragonmouth, good point.

  7. Kevin
    April 21, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    So where are those tips relating to this article?? There is no link, just an image that opens up?

    • Twink
      April 21, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      The image is the tips. You click it and it lists the so-called Ten Commandments (or tips) of Typography. :)

  8. dragonmouth
    April 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Don't make your document look like a ransom demand note.