Friday, July 2, 2010

Identify the font

1. What The Font

Developed by one of the largest font providers, WhatTheFont
is your number one spot for identifying your fonts. Simply upload an
image of the font that you want to ID and upload it to their servers
(or add a link to the image on the WTF interface), and the system will
show you multiple font results. If unable to find it, it will prompt
you to go to their Font Forum
where you can post the image and wait for feedback from font experts as
to what that font may be called. I’ve used both systems and this
usually solved most of my font questions.

WhatTheFont | Font Forum

2. Identifont

This service takes a different approach and finds your fonts by asking a number of questions about the font.
This one can be useful if you do not have an image of the font you’re
looking for. I’ve never managed to find any fonts using this service to
be honest, but maybe I’m the exception! The service claims to be ‘the
largest independent directory of typefaces on the Internet, with
information about fonts from 534 publishers and 143 vendors’.


3. Message Boards: Typophile

This is probably the greatest and largest community of font experts.
You get your answers simply by posting an image of the font you’re
looking for in their forum. If unsuccessful there, most font sites
(usually the free font sites) have message boards where you can post questions and images about the fonts that you’re looking for.


4. Bowfin Printworks

This site offers a ton of information as well as multiple online
tools to help you find your font, by answering questions on the shape
of the glyphs of the font in question. Similar to Identifont, but seems
to be quicker to input all the data as it’s all in one page while
Identifont goes through multiple pages and can get tedious. Includes
guides for Script Fonts, Bauhaus-style Fonts, Sans Serif and Serif
Fonts and Lined Fonts. The owner of the site is also willing to answer
any font ID questions for free via email.

Bowfint Printworks

5. TypeNavigator

Developed by Fontshop, this one uses the same principles as the Bowfint system by asking questions about the shape of each character.


6. Flickr Typeface Identification

flickr has a group dedicated to identifying fonts and another group that showcases fonts used in different images called Fonts in Use which can be useful for quick reference.

Flickr Typeface Identification

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