The term Web 2.0 refers to the second generation of web development incorporating websites designed to encourage sharing and collaboration between users, like social networking sites (e.g. Facebook), video sharing sites (e.g. Youtube), wikis (e.g. Wikipedia) and blogs (e.g. this one).
Of course, Web 2.0 sites are not only accessed through desktop computers with large displays. They are increasingly being viewed on portable web-ready devices, from mobile phones to netbooks and car dashboards, not to mention on TVs and through a plethora of video game consoles. The best Web 2.0 fonts, therefore, must look great at a range of scales regardless of what device is being used.
Web 2.0 sites aim to encourage participation and Web 2.0 fonts must do the same. In addition to being highly legible, the best are inclusive and accessible to all. They are cool, original and striking, but not to the extent that they are only appreciated by certain groups with specific aesthetic sensibilities.
Here are 15 great ones to download and start using in your designs!
Corpulent is a simple font that looks at its best in uppercase.
Airstrip Four combines straight and curved edges to great effect.
5. Ubuntu Title
Arista is also available in ‘light’ and ‘extra filled’. The ‘light’ version looks fantastic when viewed on a small screen (such as on a mobile phone). The ‘extra filled’, on the other hand, is practically illegible.
13. Tin Birdhouse
Delicious is a complete font family with an easy-going aesthetic that lends itself perfectly to Web 2.0 sites.
About The Author
While Tom Walker is primarily interested in building out his collection of gadgets, he is also an amateur designer with experience in Photoshop. He blogs for a store specialising in the supply of compatible and genuine PhotoSmart ink to homes and businesses in the UK. For his latest posts, follow him on Twitter.