Setting Type for User Interfaces | The Typekit Blog
As a UI designer, I do my best work within the bounds of a clear hierarchy of constraints. Because typography is the catalyst for my design work, the most important step I take at the beginning of a project is to select a typeface (or a set of them). Once this choice is made, I can develop a system to aid my decision-making process and, in so doing, avoid the terror of a blank canvas.
To narrow down the vast number of typeface options, I start out by defining the scope of the design problem before me in broad terms. This usually requires that I make a decision about the essential purpose of the project I’m working on. Is it a content-driven website that serves up information to be read at leisure? A task-driven web application oriented towards getting stuff done in a timely way? Or is it a site possessing both content-driven and task-oriented elements (like a CMS)?