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#yourturnchallenge

Lessons learned.

Last weekend I read about this seven-blog-posts-for-seven-brothers-in-seven-days challenge and decided to accept. My out-laws were in town and I'm launching two big sites next week. Great time for this challenge, right? But I like limited-term, high-commitment projects, building up good blog content has been frustratingly slow, and I had a few good ideas I was excited to write about. So I signed up.

Basic font guidelines. Really basic.

Okay, so I threw 10,000 fonts at you last time.  
 
I'm sorry. 
 
10,000 fonts is kind of a waste of time, because...sadly...your website only needs three typefaces, tops.  Here is my extremely simplified font selection rhetoric, which will probably piss off some other designers who want me to tell you all about kerning and x-heights and stuff, but I don't think that's necessary. 
 

Free fonts! Everybody gather round!

One of my favorite things about my new hometown of Los Angels is all the old signage around. I love a good typeface and I love browsing through hundreds of fonts looking for the right one.  Or sometimes...just looking. Window-shopping. You know. 
 
But fonts get pricy.  Even just one font in multiple weights can break the bank. So....here are some sources for free fonts for your artist website or business card: 
 

Because I must.

Okay, y'all. It's day three of seven.  I thought I had this whole daily-blogging-thing on lock, and then I went to see Selma, cried a whole bunch, stayed up late talking about racism and now here we are.  12:54 a.m. and I am bone tired. 
 

How much does an artist website cost, anyway?

The answer depends on who you ask, how much time and effort you are willing to sink into a project, how much customization you need, any ecommerce functionality, membership services, advanced performance needs, etc. 
 
That said, the average site I build for artists comes in over $1000 but under $2000 (as of January 2015).  Generally. 
 
This assumes:
 
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