Tips for Choosing Multilingual Fonts

  • Choosing the audience. Before starting working with any font you should know which areas you are targeting. This helps you understand which fonts you require and which fonts can suit your task the best. And this knowledge can help you win half the war when you know which fonts to use and what to target.
  • Simplicity. Standard Unicode fonts are great for most languages in your global communication. Such fonts are correctly displayed in most browsers, on most operating systems, and in most word processors. However, if you want to serve your Asian audience with a better user experience, you might still consider using specific Asian fonts that will look much better for local users. One of the options is to use Google’s Noto font family, which aims to support all languages.
  • Dimensions. Your target language publication should have the same layout and readability, so you may have to adapt the font size and spacing. Start with a font size that is readable on any medium, and then make sure that you can reduce and increase the font size while maintaining readability.
  • Effects. Such effects as bolding, underlining, or italics can make these pieces of text distorted for Asian and Middle Eastern languages, while Western European languages usually have no problem with this, so try to avoid any fonts effects.

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