Last year I wrote a personal blog post, “The Typewriter: How I Became Me” which I shared a story about a typewriter that was given to me as a child. When my father gave it to me, he gave me magazines to practice my typing skills. From that moment until now, I have always been fascinated with graphic design, photography and type styles. When I read a newspaper or magazine, before I even read the content – I stare at the layout, the presentation, the pictures, and the print. So when I need a little bit of creativity to help a client, I always ask them to provide me with three to five websites they personally like and admire so we can create what they want based on what they like – the layout, the presentation, pictures, and print.
As I was doing that today, I happened to Google a particular font and stumbled upon this website called “Fonts In Use.” What a great resource for looking for fonts. The site provides you with a way to see how different typefaces have been used with various business industries and layout formats (advertising, books, magazines, flyers, etc.).
Fonts In Use states that they are “a public archive of typography indexed by typeface, format, and industry. We document and examine graphic design with the goal of improving typographic literacy and appreciation.”
You can contribute to this collection by going here and creating an account. You will then be able to upload your image, add the font types you have used and add a category. There are also a few more optional fields you can complete as well.
This is definitely a tool I will be using on a regular basis with my clients and also for myself. It’s a great way to get a little “font-spiration.”