Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Finding Fonts

I was in a bookstore recently and came across a book called "Just My Type" by Simon Garfield. It is, in a nutshell, a history of type and fonts.

I am thoroughly enjoying reading it - the 'science' of type combined with the personal stories of those who have created the visual display of words that we see in our daily lives. Really the process of type and the creation of different fonts is something I just took for granted. But the work that is put into design and creation of fonts is extraordinary and time consuming. And who knew that Comic Sans was so controversial!

I like to use lots of different fonts. I like to have choice in what I use for the poster in the classroom or the information on the display when I'm teaching. It engages my students. It's new and it's different.

The more time that I spend thinking and reading about using fonts, the more complex it seems to get. There are lots of things to be aware of. And it's clear from simply looking at Pinterest that there are lots of people out there who are interested in fonts and how it all goes together. My Fonts Pinterest board has a great selection of these that you might want to look at.

As I continue on my 'font' journey, learning about what to combine together for the best effect, I'll share it with you.

But in the meantime, perhaps you'd like to have a look around and download fonts that interest you.

Here are my top 5 places to 'find fonts'. They are free but please read the licence if you would like to use them for commercial use. Generally this means a donation.

1. Fonts; 2. Kimberly Geswein Fonts 3. Dafont 4. FontSpace 5. FontSquirrel

This was created using Stampin Up's My Digital Studio DSP First Edition - 3. Fonts used are Complete in Him and Set Fire to the Rain.


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