5 Typography Resources To Help With Your Designs

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typography resourcesWe 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

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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.

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r/Typography

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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

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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!

r/Font

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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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Alex Downs

Ironically not even five minutes ago I was think how I need more fonts. :) Get out of my head!

Adrian Rea

Just because you joke that they are in your head, it doesn’t mean they are not!

Joshua Lockhart

It’s because I am you, Alex…

:O

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Adrian Rea

I love I Love Typography. yes lettering can make all the difference but make sure of cross compatability if you can

Joshua Lockhart

Could you elaborate a little on the cross compatibility? I’d love to hear more.

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Sadden

Thanks for these tips and the URL’s. I have floundered among the fonts available in MS Publisher for a long time. Now its time to learn something!

Joshua Lockhart

BOOM. Glad to have helped.

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Michael Blackburn

Your link to the second Reddit is incorrect – it’s missing an “s” – /r/Fonts/

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Michael Blackburn

I think most glaringly obvious by it’s omission is ABF – alt.binaries.fonts – on usenet – not only a source of fonts but a font of knowledge (geddit?) I started there many many moons ago in the nineties – they taught me all I know about fonts :)

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Mac Witty

Thanks, a couple of places I haven’t heard about before

To start to really see and think about the font used I started to use Chrome extension WhatFont. Coming to a new site and not in a hurry I hover over it and it is interesting to see how different designers have used (or misused) fonts

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Chew Jian Yue

Definitely a good blog article, I would recommend more in different sites on the web. Or maybe create one yourself.

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Prabha Rani

I really liked these pages, thanks.

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Yiz Borol

Ha I’ve been looking for something like this for some time now… it’s cool that reddit has stuff like that (they have everything!)

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Lisa Santika Onggrid

TypeConnection is also a fun site to get you familiar with font mix-and-match. MUO has featured that before, though.

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Siddhant Chaurasia

Some nice typography we have here

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Nikhil Chandak

amazing typography websites
thnx Joshua Lockhart !

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