Typography Thursday — Web Apps and People that can Help You Identify FontsArticles, Resources February 28, 2013
A problem that we often encounter when we find an attractive font around the world is that we can’t instantly identify it. If you have had typography training or are familiar with different typefaces, good for you; but what about starting out graphic designers or those who lack training in typography? Well, the web is a rich resource for everything graphic design, and here we’ll give you a compilation of websites and people you can contact that can help you with your font problems.
Reddit is a pretty active website with over hundred thousand active users. Their typography subreddit alone has eighteen thousand subscribers. The subreddit r/identifythisfont is composed of reddit users who are either typographers themselves or enthusiasts well-versed in typography.
If you’re looking for a place to ask for help in identifying fonts, you can post a sample (make sure it’s a good sample though) in r/identifythisfont and wait for a kind soul to reply to your inquiry.
What Font Is is a webapp where you can upload an image of the typeface you need to identify. It’s an easy to use app – all you have to do is upload an image or provide a link to an image of the font you need to identify. Once you’re done uploading, the WhatFontIs will provide a list of different fonts that closely resemble the image you provided.
MyFonts.com’s font identification feature works the same way as WhatFontIs’ process. But apart from the automated font identification process, MyFonts.com has a forum where you can ask experts about the font you’re looking for.
Typohile is an online forum specializing in typefaces in general. Topics here range from calligraphy to experimental typography and animation. You can throw in your inquiry in the forums along with a clear sample of the font you’re looking for. And as with all forums, courtesy is always necessary.
Identifont’s process of identifying typefaces is more meticulous. It will first ask you if the font you’re looking for is sans-serif, then the process would go on with you identifying unique and common attributes of the font that you’re looking for. After the whole process, you’ll be given one probable identical font and a couple of fonts that matches your earlier choices.
If you’re looking for an expert on type in social media, you can rely on @Font_ID. The man behind the twitter account is Stephen Coles, editor of typographica and a typographer himself. You can send him images of the font you’re looking for, but don’t expect a quick answer.
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