Font-face Fonts as Symbols Workflow – Free

Adding a custom font to a site as cross compatible way to add scalable graphics alongside type is a great concept. But in the past I’ve struggled to find the right tools for free. Hopefully the following will stay free/available.

Step one:
Type Lite – This allows you to create your symbols/glyphs. Unfortunately it doesn’t allow you to import vectors from anywhere else, such as Illustrator. But I can’t find anything for free that is better. From this you will save out a .TTF

Step two:
Upload your new .TTF to Font Squirrel’s font-face Generator and create kit with optimal settings.

Step three:
Add the example CSS the Font Squirrel gives you to your site and then add your symbols to the site as CSS content (to ensure your markup stays semantic).

h2:after {
	font-family: siteSymbolsRegular;
	content: ">";
	display: inline;
	height: 16px;
	width: 8px;
	overflow: hidden;
	white-space: nowrap;
}
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