Today we’re talking typography. It goes without saying that as a graphic designer I have a pretty good appreciation for a really great font. And with typography-based designs being all the rage these days, it’s easy to start scouring the internet for great fonts that you can pick up for cheap or even FREE. There are a lot of good ones out there!
So here are 3 great resources that I use frequently as I work on personal and client projects.
What was the Name of That Font?
If you’ve collected fonts or designed for long, I’m sure you’ve been there. You’re sure you have the perfect font for the project right there on your computer, but you can’t remember the name of the font. Bah! This happens to me fairly often and when I stumbled on Wordmark.it I was stoked.
Wordmark.it is an online resource that allows you to type in text and then it accesses all the fonts you currently have installed on your computer. Awesome right? Especially when you’re searching for that perfect font I mentioned above. I’ve also used this feature for clients as we’re searching for the perfect fonts for their wedding or grad announcements, and at the start of other projects when I’m looking for inspiration and font pairing ideas.
Favorite Places for Fonts
Searching for fonts online can be addictive, but when I’m working on a tight timeline or budget I find myself with a short list of proven sources for great fonts. Many of my clients don’t have room in their project budget for expensive fonts, and when I’m designing products for my shop, I often want to keep my costs low and find fonts that don’t have larger commercial licensing fees (Font Squirrel offers quite a few great fonts that are free for commercial use). Lost Type Co-Op is one of my favorites and always provides a bunch of great options. My go to source for handwritten fonts is definitely Creative Market – there are a whole lot of crazy-talented hand letterers out there!
When You Need a Font that Looks Like “That One”
Great design is all around us and proves to constantly be my biggest inspiration. My camera folder on my phone is packed full of packaging, billboards, store signage, and magazine spreads that inspire me. I often find myself using these inspirations as a starting point – and often I want to find similar fonts. Font Squirrel’s font identifier has been a useful tool as well as a whole lot of fun to play with.
You simply upload a screenshot or photo and with a click of a button you can “match” fonts. Most of the time it merely suggests similar fonts (big corporations usually have a budget to have custom fonts built just for them) rather than exact ones, but I love that it narrows down my search and saves me valuable time!
What are your favorite typography resources? Do you have a favorite source for great fonts? I’d love to have you share them in the comments below.