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Why I Hate the Verdana Font

Of all the web-compatible typefaces available, the least appealing is the Verdana font.

And yes, I know it’s used all over. Believe me, I notice!

We’ve spoken about choosing typefaces and brand fonts a lot around here.

Your font matters — maybe more than you realize. Think about it:

Your font choice become the visual voice of your brand. Your words are delivered wrapped in fonts — is your font speaking in the brand voice you want?

So, is Verdana a good font choice, or a bad one? Is there a smart Verdana alternative?

The Verdana font was one of the earliest fonts designed for reading on screens. It’s a “web 1.0” version of a screen-readable font, in my opinion. We’ve come a long way since then.

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A brief history of the Verdana font

The Verdana font was released in 1996, so it’s a modern typeface. It was designed with one purpose in mind: to improve readability in text used very small on a computer screen.

Microsoft included Verdana as part of its Windows operating system, and so did Mac.

99% of Windows machines and 96% of Macs have it, so it’s widely compatible.

When typeface designers set out to make a typeface that will be readable at small sizes, they streamline the letters to remove flourishes that would get lost at a small size.

They also give the letters a large “x-height,” which is the vertical space between the baseline the letters sit on, and the top of lower-case letters like e, x, a, etc.

And they tend to add extra space between letters, because when typefaces are reduced very small, letters will blur together unless they’re spaced out quite a bit.

The examples below show you why I hate Verdana for regular text copy, and what it’s good for.

You’re about to see what I think is the best Verdana alternative, too.

Keep scrolling, my friend!

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Choose the best brand color palette for your business with the five free tools in this post.

5 Free Tools for Getting Your Brand Color Palette Right

Ready to create your brand color palette … but not sure where to start?

This article shares five tools you can explore right now. Find the one you enjoy the most and use it to put together a winning color palette for your business.

The best way to harness the power of color in your marketing is to use colors that support and reinforce your brand.

And don’t go color crazy: pick two main colors, and use them consistently in everything you do.

You may not feel “artistic” enough to do this.

You haven’t studied color theory and you don’t need to know all of that anyway. You just want a nice set of colors that will work for your business.

I don’t blame you — color is an essential part of your visual brand.

In this post, I’m going to share my favorite tools for choosing your brand color palette. The right colors for your brand may be just a click away …

Read article …5 Free Tools for Getting Your Brand Color Palette Right

Woman with brand colors

The Simplest Way to Choose Your Brand Colors in Just 2 Steps

If this, “What should my brand colors be?” question is making you nervous, I get it. It’s a scary step to choose your brand colors.

What if you get it wrong?

Your brand color choice has a powerful impact on how your customers perceive your business.

No pressure!

Here’s the good news:

Adding color to your online marketing materials doesn’t cost anything. The only cost? The time it takes you to decide what brand colors to use.

Maybe that’s why so many people go overboard with color. How can you possibly choose just a handful of brand colors from the millions available?

But showing restraint when choosing a color palette is the #1 way professional graphic designers create memorable brands.

Read on to learn how it’s done!

Read article …The Simplest Way to Choose Your Brand Colors in Just 2 Steps

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How to Fit a Powerful Brand Style Guide on a 3-Inch Sticky Note

The most powerful brand style guide template isn’t a multi-page document that you glance at a single time.

It’s not an overwhelming brand blueprint that you save deep in the recesses of your hard drive and never review again.

After you read and do the steps in this article, you’ll have a brand style guide that’s simple enough that you can capture it in a single glance.

And it’s small enough to stick somewhere you can see it every day.

My goal is to make it easy to apply your branding elements consistently every time. Consistent application is the #1 secret to a memorable brand!

Let’s dive in so you can put this simple brand style guide template to use today.

Read article …How to Fit a Powerful Brand Style Guide on a 3-Inch Sticky Note

Content formatting examples and tips

6 Quick Content Formatting Tips That Will Energize Your Page

You pour hours into researching, writing, polishing, and promoting your content.

But there’s one crucial task you must master if you want people to actually read and absorb those words you’ve written … content formatting.

How to make a sensational first impression (and grab skimmers by the eyeballs)

The moment they arrive, your site visitor’s fingers are still hovering over their keys, ready to click away.

How will you keep them there?

How will you invite them to stick around and read a while?

My friend, it’s easier than you think.

Today, I’m going to show you how a handful of simple content marketing formatting examples will help you design a page that looks inviting, engaging, and authoritative.

It doesn’t take long to polish your content in this way, especially once you make it a habit.

Let’s get you into the habit of formatting your website text like a pro.

Read article …6 Quick Content Formatting Tips That Will Energize Your Page

How to design a powerful logo in 3 simple steps

How to Design a Powerful Logo in 3 Simple Steps [Infographic]


Did you ever wonder how to design a logo?

Better yet — how do designers create logos that are simple, memorable, and effective?

In today’s post, I’m letting you inside my designer brain so you can see what goes through my head when I make website images, logos, and other visual content.

In the infographic below, you’ll see the process I went through to design a logo for my newest product — The Image Lab.

Read article …How to Design a Powerful Logo in 3 Simple Steps [Infographic]