Choosing the right kind of Hebrew type can be a difficult process. When you choose a typeface, you need to ensure that the words are legible, while also giving the script a sense of personality.
The Hebrew Typeface
The Hebrew text is misleadingly simple. After all, there are just 22 characters in its alphabet. Added to that, there are no upper and lower cases, no contextual shapes and no apparent ligatures.
But what is really key to the font is the proportionality of and between characters. Another thing that makes Hebrew characters complete are the serifs. Typefaces that do not incorporate these key aspects into their design end up with fonts that are barely legible, or seem just plain awkward.
Choosing the Right Typography
So, if you are looking for a particular kind of Hebrew typography for your content, here are a few tips on how to choose one that will suit you best.
Understand the Type of Content
The fonts and types you use will depend on the kind of content you have. Are you looking at creating a bencher? Or are you writing for a news site? Or is it going to be a fun and funky flyer for a party?
The font should, at the end of the day, be reflective of the content, be it serious, matter-of-fact or fun. Mixing this up can actually pull the reader’s eye away from the content, rather than complement it.
Choosing the Font to Match the Content
If you’re creating content for a bencher, you need to ensure that the typeface is simple, readable, and does not distract from the concentration on prayers.
If you’re looking at creating content for a news site, then you want to ensure that your text is readable even in small sizes.
For the more serious content, people tend to stick to the more traditional typefaces that were designed at the beginning of the 20th century. The three most popular that have never really been ousted by any of the new designs are Frank Rühl, created in 1910, David, created in 1954, and the Hadassah, created in 1958.
Of course, if you’re trying for a funky party look, then you can go wild. However, you still need to ensure that the font is legible. There are a lot of new designers who have taken inspiration from mythology, children’s books, and even architecture to create their range of Hebrew typefaces.