fonts

If it ain’t Baroque…

I can never resist a good pun, but music jokes are especially gratifying.  Maybe I’ll make nerdy t-shirts out of them, or something!

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Font Squirrel + Fontspring

So, on the topic of how much I love fonts, did I mention how much I love fonts?  Specifically, how much I love free fonts licensed for commercial-use that are beautiful and fun to use?

The internet is awash with shareware/open-source fonts from people experimenting with typeface design, and it can be a bit daunting to comb through them all for that perfect, inspiring, professional-looking font.  It is also super-expensive to buy professional font families from the usual distributors.  That’s why I was so happy to find www.fontsquirrel.com which is a curated website full of gorgeous free fonts with licences for commercial use.

It’s nicely laid out and easy to navigate so you can get a quick preview of the font before you click on it for more detail, or you can just download it right away if the preview convinces you immediately (sometimes I find with free font websites you have to navigate through several pages to even see if you like the font, and then decide which download link is the real one and which one will give you a hard drive-eating virus).  If you want to purchase a font family, their sister site, www.fontspring.com, is chock-a-block full of tasty, reasonably priced fonts.

Time for a font-spree!

Fonts, Fonts, Fonts

So, fonts.

Fonts are so cool because they are the place were visual representation and textual meaning come together. What you mean to say in your text is highlighted by your font choice – given the subtleties of meaning brought in by visual associations. Power, trustworthiness, fashion, intimacy – fonts can colour the texts they contain with a slew of additional meanings.

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Resistenza’s “Bodoni at Home” gives us an intimate handmade quality as well as a nostalgic academia.

I love typography, but it’s a constantly unfolding word with new fonts being designed all the time.  Every time I look, there’s something new to learn about.  This is why I was so happy to find MyFonts.com

Not only do they have a huge collection of fonts listed by use as well as type (no pun intended), but they have this cool “What the Font” feature that allows you to submit an image of an unfamiliar font to find a match, or you can ask about it in their “What the Font Forum.” I really enjoy their newsletter the most, where they showcase new font families and interview designers, both emerging and established. This website is a great place to explore and learn about the wide world of fonts.