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Top 5 Typography Tools for Designers

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As every designer knows, Typography can be one of the most important aspects of web design yet can be pretty challenging to get right. Well, like virtually everything else these days, there are a plethora of online tools and resources which can make creating and choosing Typography a doddle. Which should you use? Perhaps these for starters - our Top 5 Typography Tools for Designers...

What the Font
If you’ve seen a font that you like and you want to know what it is, this tool does that very job. Simply upload an image showing the font or enter an url and What the Font will reveal the identity of the font or its closest match. As well being web based, What the Font also has an app available for both iOS and Android.

Typecast has a database of over 23000 web fonts and allows users to not only select fonts from that database, but also to combine and compare particular fonts side by side. Users can style and experiment to their hearts’ content and then can share their work with clients by using the ‘Publish’ function.

If you’re after something that is truly ‘you’, Fontifier is the tool for you. Basically it allows you to input a scanned sample of your own handwriting and then turns this sample into a handwriting font that can be implemented into a graphics program, just like any standard font.

The Fontstruct tool allows users to create and build their own unique fonts. The fonts are constructed out of geometrical shapes which are arranged in a grid pattern and are then generated into TrueType fonts which can then be used in any Mac or Windows application.

This may be one of the oldest tools we’ve included, but that’s for a reason - Identifont claims to be the largest online directory of digital fonts. Locating and identifying fonts is easily done by answering some basic questions about a font’s key characteristics.

So there you have it - our Top 5 Typography Tools for Designers. Did we leave out your favourite? If so, why not let us know over at the forum...

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Published on: 13th January 2013

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