In the previous article, we spoke about some do's and don'ts of typography and use, misuse & abuse of fonts. Now that we are familiar with techniques of using fonts, we are looking at some useful tools you can rely on when creating your perfect website/book/add/business card.
Firstly, we introduce you to the Fontface Ninja! If you haven't had the chance to install this bad boy extension to your browser - now is the perfect time. Fontface Ninja hunts and recognizes fonts on the websites you are at, let's you try your favorite fonts out and you can even bookmark them or buy them at the Fontface Dojo. Cool, huh?
Another great font finder on the web is the What Font Is website. This site enables you to easily determine the font you are so charmed by in the simplest way! Just upload the photo or paste the URL of an image, and their software will do the job for you. Choosing the perfect font has never been easier.
If you are looking for fonts to download, try the Font Squirrel, or as they call themselves - free font utopia. It really is. They offer a great number of breathtaking fonts, so dig deep and discover the perfect one for your design. The number of great fonts could also be found on Google Fonts, as well as on TypeKit - this website also enables you to use their software for font detection, and they have a storage of premium fonts you can buy or have for free with a premium account. Another website called 1001 Fonts offers a good deal of fonts where you can also find those who are free for commercial use.
This not enough for you? Would you like to edit and personalize your font for the perfect outcome in design? No problem! A creative company called “cr8 software solutions” developed a program available for Windows and Mac OS X, named Type light. This light version of a Type 3.2 font editor gives you an opportunity to enter the world of font development. The light version of this software is free for personal use, but for the commercial one, the purchase of the full software must be made. They offer you a free demo without installing the program, so you can try it out and see if this is something for you.
Do you like the list of our suggestions to step up your game in design with fonts? The tools are available for you online, so get creative and let the fun begin!
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Nina Petrov is an activist, poet, performer and mathematician. She communicates with the world mostly through words, movement and equations, but sometimes also by speaking very loudly. The only truth she could say about herself is that she keeps changing every day, never stops learning and interacting with her surroundings.