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typography resourcesWe all know that fonts are important, right? I mean, when there’s a website bashing Comic Sans Combat Chronic Comic Sans Font Misusage With These 3 Sites Combat Chronic Comic Sans Font Misusage With These 3 Sites It seems like wherever you are, there is always going to be some form of the printed word within your field of view. With so many words floating around, designers take great care to make... Read More 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 8 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Twitter's New Header Image 8 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Twitter's New Header Image With Twitter launching a new look for user profiles, the biggest change you'll have noticed by now is the big header image you can use to feature an extra image that says a little something... Read More .

Fortunately, I’ve found a few websites to consult when preparing to use fonts Free Font Friday: Comic Sans, You Are Not Alone (With A Bonus Video!) Free Font Friday: Comic Sans, You Are Not Alone (With A Bonus Video!) Comic Sans is one of the most notoriously abused typefaces, but it's been taking it like a champ, and just keeps on being its cheery, quirky self. Also, it's not the only comic font around... Read More , 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 Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop Windows Live Writer: The Easiest Way To Blog, Right From Your Desktop There is something nice about being able to blog from your desktop and simply clicking “submit” and then having it appear on your blog. Of course since you are creating it locally on your computer... Read More 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.

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 9 Action-Packed Comic Book Subreddits You Have To Check Out 9 Action-Packed Comic Book Subreddits You Have To Check Out Reddit is the best place for trivia about any topic, and comic books are no different! Right on Reddit are several communities devoted to nearly all of your favorite comic book superheroes. Best of all,... Read More , 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 Create Your Own Gorgeous Text-Only Widgets For Free With Minimalistic Text [Android] Create Your Own Gorgeous Text-Only Widgets For Free With Minimalistic Text [Android] TWOTHIRTY, says the smartphone. Just like that -- with no space, all in capital letters, with the latter part bold. Yes, it's longer than 2:30, but it's somehow… swankier, too. But that's a matter of... Read More 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 Take Handwritten Notes Online or Offline With SuperNote for Android Take Handwritten Notes Online or Offline With SuperNote for Android I tested out a number of device-based note-taking apps, and eventually settled on the one that I consider the best of the best, called SuperNote. Don't bother checking Google Play for the app - it... Read More ). 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?

  1. Nikhil Chandak
    October 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    amazing typography websites
    thnx Joshua Lockhart !

  2. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 24, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Some nice typography we have here

  3. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    October 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

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

  4. Yiz Borol
    October 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    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!)

  5. Prabha Rani
    October 17, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I really liked these pages, thanks.

  6. Chew Jian Yue
    October 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

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

  7. Mac Witty
    October 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    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

  8. Michael Blackburn
    October 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

    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 :)

  9. Michael Blackburn
    October 17, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Your link to the second Reddit is incorrect - it's missing an "s" - /r/Fonts/

  10. Sadden
    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 am

    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
      October 17, 2012 at 5:04 am

      BOOM. Glad to have helped.

  11. Adrian Rea
    October 17, 2012 at 2:24 am

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

    • Joshua Lockhart
      October 17, 2012 at 5:04 am

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

  12. Alex Downs
    October 17, 2012 at 2:08 am

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

    • Adrian Rea
      October 17, 2012 at 2:26 am

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

    • Joshua Lockhart
      October 17, 2012 at 5:03 am

      It's because I am you, Alex...

      :O

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