Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Playing with fonts

Have you ever wanted to pick the perfect font for your text? 

I have. Right now I'm designing a logo for my new iPad bag company - Clyde.

Here's a fun website that let me see "clyde" in every font installed on my computer


Here's another question - What if you want more fonts?

Here are a few places to find free fonts (thanks to Jad Limcaco for this collection):

Lost Type
  1. The League of Moveable Type
    This website has a great collection of free fonts including League Gothic, which has really become popular. I would suggest following them on Twitter or subscribing to their feed as well.
  2. Lost Type
    I just recently stumbled upon this website and they have lots of great fonts that are available for download. Although the fonts are free, I’m sure they would love your support so maybe donate a few dollars to them.
  3. Font Squirrel
    This is a great website with tons of high-quality fonts that are mostly @font-face compatible. You can also download their fonts as @font-face kits and they also have a @font-face generator. This is definitely a great resource.
  4. Impallari
    There are only a few fonts available for download on this site, but they are really nice. Lobster is a great font that has gained popularity and has even been included in the Google Font directory.
  5. FontFabric
    They have a great freebie section with lots of nice fonts to download.
  6. DaFont
    There are a lot of fonts on this site. Sure, not all of them are the best quality, but I usually go to this site if I’m looking for a font to use with a particular look or theme. For example, if I wanted to use an Indiana Jones font or some other type of movie font, I would just do a search on this site.

One last question to address - How do I install a new font once I download it?

  1. Unzip your font folder by double clicking on the downloaded file (in your downloads folder)
  2. Open the folder
  3. Double click on the font file - it has the .ttf extension
  4. The font will open in a new window. Click "install font" and you are done.

so easy!

Now, if you unfortunately have a PC rather than a mac - here's a link on how to install fonts (it's not nearly as simple):


1 comment:

Claudia said...

Hello Granny Tech. I'm Lisa friend, Claudia. I am so happy to see you educating all us slow pokes on the beauty of technology. You are so talented and I'm excited to learn through your eyes. xoxo