One of the major design elements when it comes to editorial design is font choice. As a designer, it’s important to get the right feel for the company/product you are designing for. Something I was told in high school was “You wouldn’t use a gothic grunge font for a day care”.
I’ve compiled a few resources that I have been using in my design school career, and hopefully they can help you out as well!
One of my go-to websites when it comes to downloading free typefaces is DaFont.com. There are thousands of fonts to pick from, and each respective category to boot! Whether you’re looking for a nice serif, or perhaps something more handwritten; there is literally a category for everything.
Each font is created by a designer and you’re able to download for free. Many fonts are 100% free, but others require credit or a license if you’re using them for commercial work. Each font also has the option of you donating to the author to show your appreciation.
They also include their own links to resources if you are looking for something a little better as far as font management goes.
FONTS IN USE
Looking to see what other designers are using? Fontsinuse.com is a great resource for that! It’s a great tool if you are stuck and can’t narrow down a certain style you’re wanting to use. There is even a nifty search function so you can narrow it down even more. Say you’re designing something music related; whether it be a poster, cover art, etc. Simply type “music” into the search box and BAM!
You’ll instantly get a list of what artists are using as well as links to certain type foundries, designers, etc. It’s really helpful to see what other designers are using in the industry.
Tired of scrolling through all of your fonts? Let this website do that work for you! Wordmark.it lets you put a word or phrase into the search box and let you visually see all of the fonts you have installed on your computer. Nifty, eh?
It’s a pretty neat tool to see examples of words or phrases you can use. Simple and straight-forward!