This is a golden era for web typography – in relative terms at least.
After spending most of two decades working within the tiny design sandpit of Times, Helvetica, Arial and Courier, we now have the facility to embed almost any font we like on a page or app (without needing a flashy hack either).
Have our tools caught up? I’d argue probably not.
While online type services offer thousands of free embeddable fonts, experimenting with those fonts in Sketch, Illustrator, Photoshop or even XD is hardly seamless.
And good typography is so often about trial and error. While sound typographic principles will always help to guide you, lots of fantastic type combinations shouldn’t work so well in theory.
So here’s a promising new free tool to help your typographical tweaking.
Type Nugget is a handy web app designed to be that place to play and experiment. It brings together an extensive external font list with robust CSS controls to let you tune your way to attractive type.
The Type Nugget UI is divided into left and right halves – live preview on the left, controls the right. There are five fairly sensible categories for your type styling, nicely organized into an accordion menu.