FONTs need to be treated as “resource” such as an image.
There are (to me) 3 (+ 1/2) different possibilities these days:
Take em - they’re a just work, cause they’re coming alongside with every browser. I kept this up for a very long, long time. It is possible to do amazing typography with Helvetica or Trebuchet.
####Caxton and Webfont Action
They’re mostly used when a client wants to have “Futura” or “Frutiger” cause it’s her printing FONT. Never do this without having a “paid” web safe FONT-set. As above mentioned, a FONT is a resource and a resource has a copyright - namely the FONT designer. Those guys have to feed their families as well. And in all honesty:
There is NOOOO reason at all, using the same FONT for print and web.
But naturally, both actions can be used for free licensed FONTs as well.
The other way of pay
Services like Adobe Type Kit as already mentioned take a monthly fee. By the way my strongest argument for clients, that the “print” FONT isn’t the way to go!!!
####My preferred way these days
Google Webfonts. They’re free to use, have huge variations of nice FONTs (beside an incredible bunch of ugly ones). How to treat those in a Freeway surrounding, I once casted here (please note the other two excellent resources below the video):
In addition to this, I recently afforded http://www.typewolf.com/free-fonts
This is a pretty cool book (tool) which covers the aspect:
What’s the nearest google font to … ?
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