We all know that fonts are important, right? I mean, when there’s a website bashing Comic Sans exclusively, we know it’s obviously important enough for someone to care about font usage. However, what makes a good font? What goes into properly using a font? These are the questions that bother me when I’m trying to work on something that involves any element of design.
Fortunately, I’ve found a few websites to consult when preparing to use fonts, and I’ve decided to share them with you right here. Look through them, and at the end of this article, let me know what you think. Personally, I believe that they are some of the best resources around. However, I wouldn’t mind adding a few more to my repertoire if you know of them.
I Love Typography is a blog with a mission that involves educating those with creative minds about the art of crafted lettering. The blog features several articles which provide wonderful insight into what’s good typography (and bad typography).
There’s a great deal of in-depth knowledge on this site, and furthermore, there are some lovely font recommendations on a regular basis. Keep ILT in your bookmarks – you’ll be visiting it again and again.
Reddit’s at it again with r/Typography, a sub-reddit devoted primarily to the design usage of fonts. Here, you’ll find all kinds of items focused on the creative analysis of lettering as well as detailed tips on how to use these fonts.
Also, as with anything on Reddit, there’s the extra layer of conversation surrounding the links to various articles and resources. In these comments alone you’ll likely find a great deal of useful information, so if you’re a redditor, I would recommend subscribing.
Typographica is an oddly-named website bent on reviewing fonts and typography usage. Personally, I found this very different, for I had never heard of anyone or any website doing such a thing. However, after much deep thought and analysis (yeah, right), I realized it really makes sense.
Typography is an art form, and to be more specific, font-creation is definitely an art form. As with any art, reviews and critique are expected, and with fonts, I suppose it shouldn’t be any different. I would use Typographica in order to get input on fonts before downloading or buying them.
Additionally, there are a few more resources on Typographica that don’t have to deal exclusively with fonts. For instance, there are even book reviews!
Reddit’s other font-related sub-reddit offers a different wealth of information on typography than the one already mentioned. The subreddit r/Font focuses on sharing fonts with other users as well as helping to identify fonts in magazines, movies, and other pieces of art.
In a sense, this is a lot like what websites such as Identifont and WhatTheFont already do. However, with this, there are several real live users helping you identify these fonts instead of just a web-app.
Typophile is a creatively-titled website that helps typography-lovers connect using a forum format for discussion about fonts and all things font-related. Here, you’ll find an active community discussing many things about design (not just fonts). Discussions range from topics about design all the way to critique by other artists, and it’s a great way to get to understand good things about typography from a variety of resources.
Fonts are extremely important, for they are the vehicle upon which many messages ride upon. Many people base their opinions of certain brands, companies, or movements just because of the font before they even read up on them in detail, and although it’s not fair, this is just how it is. Hopefully, these five websites will help you learn a little more about typography.
What other typography-related websites do you use? What have you learned from these?
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