I told myself I’d only review text fonts, but every once in a while I come across a lovely display font that sings cross browser… and I’ve decided if I’m going to take the time to test and approve, I might as well share.
I recently tested and used Rochester for a client. She’s an independent children’s illustrator who’s been in the business for decades. Due to her illustration style, I needed a font that referenced handwriting, showed a slightly quirky side, and didn’t feel too elegant or messy. It also needed to work with all of the letters in her name, and the connections needed to… well… connect properly.
Rochester has a vertical stress and significant contrast between thick and thin strokes. The strong vertical strokes and the round bowl give the font a slightly “bubbly,” slightly digital feeling — not overly elegant. I have to admit, I don’t care for Rochester’s lowercase z or f, but luckily my client’s site uses neither in the heading. When I tested it cross browser, the spacing, connections, strokes, and curves all remained lovely.
Rochester comes in 1 style (as all great handwriting fonts do). It is available via Google Web Fonts.