Using Gothic fonts in web design

Here at Pumpkin Web Design Manchester, we are Manchester’s leading web design experts. That’s why we create stunning web design solutions, for businesses and companies across the North West. This includes Southport and Wigan. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about using Gothic fonts in web design.

What are Gothic fonts?

Gothic fonts are a specific style of typography that are inspired by the culture and architecture of the Middle Ages. This lettering may be serif, or sans-serif, either option can be very effective. The main design features of this style of typography include soaring spears and points, as well as biblical imagery, and occasional curved loops.

What are the considerations for using Gothic fonts in web design?

To use Gothic fonts effectively in your web design, there are a number of things you should consider. These include:

  • Above the fold features- really, the only useful way to apply Gothic fonts is to use these for heading or title text, especially above the fold. This will allow the font to grab the attention of your potential customers and clients, and in turn pique their interest about what your company can offer. Once you have interested your website users, they are more likely to continue browsing, and this can increase the opportunity for sales and sign ups.
  • The choice of background- the type and style of background you choose for the Gothic font, especially when applied above the fold, can be vitally important. When using Gothic fonts, you will want to pair these with relevant and related imagery, which can include:
    • Architectural features- Gothic fonts are developed on the style of medieval architecture, and so it can be useful to reinforce this with the right imagery, especially if it is relevant to your company branding.
    • Plain colour backgrounds – because Gothic fonts can be quite visual and decorative themselves, they often do not need a strong background. In fact, with a plain colour background, you can allow the text to really stand out and grab attention. This is even more important if you choose a complex Gothic font that may otherwise be difficult to read, especially on small screen sizes.
    • Textured backgrounds- to give your typography an extra boost, why not use a textured background? This can help draw the eye towards the text, and adds some contrast to the background.
  • The size of the font- for Gothic typography, as with other styles of complex typography design, it can be a better option to make this larger. This will the content be easier to see and read on smaller devices, like mobile devices. If you choose a style of Gothic typography with many flourishes and swirls, increasing the font size is crucial for success.

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