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Font Resources

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!

 

DAFONT.COM

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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WORDMARK.IT

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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?

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It’s a pretty neat tool to see examples of words or phrases you can use. Simple and straight-forward!

 

 

Works Cited
DaFont – Download fonts. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.dafont.com/
Fonts In Use – Type at work in the real world. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://fontsinuse.com/
Özkaramanlı, F. (n.d.). Wordmark.it. Retrieved from http://www.wordmark.it/