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Fantastic Fonts & Where to Find Them

February 8, 2018

 

Finding the right typeface for your project is a difficult task. But luckily, the internet has made it much easier to find just what you need! Below is a list of websites you can use to find the right font with a few of my favorites thrown in.

 

 Lost Type Co-op

Back when I was an undergrad studying design, access to good typefaces (outside of what your operating system provided) was limited. Sometime in my senior year, Lost Type Co-op appeared with pay-what-you-want pricing and we students rejoiced! We now had the ability to use unique professional-quality type in our work for very little money.

Fav Fonts: Lehigh, Cylburn, Abraham Lincoln

 

 Google Fonts

When Google Fonts popped on the scene in 2010 it was a game changer for web design. This was the year websites design kicked up a notch because designers were no longer limited to “web safe fonts” such as Arial, Verdana, and Times New Roman. Now you have the ability to use Google’s library of over 800 fonts on your website and download for personal use.

Fav Fonts: Raleway, Merriweather, Abril Fatface

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel may have a funny name but it provides a wealth of free fonts you can use for both personal and commercial use. The site also features a font identifier, which allows you to upload an image feature a font you can’t quite figure out and then gives you suggestions on what that font might be.

Fav Fonts: Quicksand, Playfair Display, Ostrich Sans

 

If you're interested in learning more about typography and what you should be looking for for your specific project, GCFLearnFree.org has a fantastic video that explains the basics of typography - terms, and rules to help get you started:

 

 

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