When comes to choosing the best fonts for the logo designs, it is always time consuming and sometimes frustrating. Perhaps you can look for the fonts on the online font stores like FontShop or free font websites like dafont.com, perhaps the most suitable font is already installed in your system. But there are hundreds of fonts and how are we going to pick one smartly? Enter Wordmark.it.
Wordmark.it is a online tool to help you to choose the best font out of many fonts installed in your system. Some useful functions in this service is you can enter your desired text, set the text size bigger or smaller, and even make it positive or negative space. And you can also select the fonts and view them under the “filter selected” tab.
FFonts is a great new website that allows for the exploration of and download of fonts (for Free!) There are huge numbers of fonts on this site and they are organized in a logical manner with previews of each one as well. Teachers and students are sure to find the perfect typeface that will make their paper or presentation come to life with on this site. Users can even submit their own fonts. A wonderful resource for the modern day classroom.
The fonts are being categorized in alphabetical order as well as type styles for easy navigation, I think this site is a cool alternative fonts resources sites besides dafont.com and many others like the two mentioned in the previous post.
When comes to free fonts resources, dafont normally will be the first sites that comes to mind becasue of it’s great font library and easy to use interface. However, there are also other alternative font resources sites that showcases top quality free fonts in the world too, they are Font Squirrel and Fontex.
Both sites tend to make the quality free font searching easier and present in clean and simple way. According the Font Squirrel “Free fonts have met their match. We know how hard it is to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work. We’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting these typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format.” Indeed Font Squirrel site is clean and easy to use. The fonts are listed in a list format and categorized in style. It also previews the font and its family too.
Do you know that the image above was made out of Japanese characters? Recently I stumbled upon a very interesting flash site FONTPARK 2.0 by font foundry Morisawa. In FONTPARK 2.0, you can create interesting artwork by using only typography. It’s absolutely freedom on the creation and the only limit is your creativity and imagination!
The interface is totally intuitive and easy to use. You can start creating your artwork by dragging out the characters you want to use at the character selection at bottom of the page. You can have a selections of different beautiful Japanese fonts, and you can even use romaji too. Below shows the basic controls to manipulate the fonts.
I can say it’s a deconstruction and appreciation of the beauty of typography. No doubt you can create really interesting graphic images with type. The fun part is after you finish creating your image, you can save it and FONTPARK 2.0 will give you a permanent link so that you can see the animation process of your masterpiece creation.
The site is truly amazing and beautiful. The site is majorly in black and white color which can give more attention to the aesthetic of type. There’s a gallery shown below where you can see the artworks in thumbnail, and rate them or click it to see the artwork creation process. Some works are really well done.
I’m absolutely have fun when creating the artwork. I’m so amazed by the Japanese characters because it can create so many interesting artwork! The picture below shows my attempts: Butterfly and Carrot, Sports Shoe, Walking Man and Superman. Not bad right? I’m strongly recommend to everyone to try out this site. It’s fun! 😀
Japanese certainly are expert in good looking and cute handwriting style fonts. So, since I wrote about this post a while back, I think it’s time to go hunt for more free Japanese fonts, and the finding was good. I found these 12 really nice handwriting style fonts that are free to use! Banzai!
All these 12 Japanese handwriting fonts here are able to write in Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji, as well as Romaji characters and Numbers. There is one even can perform emoji too. So, the font files are quite huge. As usual, I will give you a screenshot of the fonts, as well as the link to the original page and a download link. Many of the fonts are zipped and some of them are zipped in .lzh format. I recommend to use WinRAR to extract it. Here we go.
COM4T (Font Factory Field) had released a quality free font call COM4T Nuvu Regular. This stylish font is complete with alphabetical and numerical characters as well as some common punctuation marks. This font is actually designed 20 years ago but the typeface designer 片山英樹 (Hideki Katayama) decided to review and improved it and make it available. Feel free to visit the font page or download the font here for Windows or Mac.
COM4T (pronounce as “Comfort”) was an abbreviation of Communication by Four Typeface. Why 4? This is because Japanese typography consists of Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji and Romaji. By taking a look at the Free Font category, the owner of COM4T, Mr. Hideki Katayama, had designed some really nice looking free for download typefaces. One of his typeface COM4T Fine Regular was featured by SmashingMagazine.
Speaking about SmashingMagazine, the site also posted new article about Free Fonts Of The Month: GrauBlau, Nevis today. If you are interested in Japanese and other free typefaces, feel free to browse through typography category.
We all love free fonts!
Today I found an interesting website call FontStruct. It is an free online building tool that allow users to create a set of fonts with user friendly interface and intuitive tools. With this online font building tool, font creation is never been this easy!
I actually registered myself and try to build a font. The tools are easy to use, but font creation is no easy job. I think with a little vision, practice and creativity, everyone can create your own font and can be download and use straight away! Be sure to check out the font gallery too, which the fonts are created by other users. The fonts look real good! Continue reading
There are many cool and creative Japanese Katakana design fonts out there designed by various font designers. Here I compiled a list of 36 cool Katakana font resources which is free for download to add to your Japanese fonts list!
Most of them you can directly type it while some of them you need Japanese IME standard keyboard. Although all of them are free for download, but be sure to read the terms of usage if the font is used for commercial. Scroll down to check out the 36 Katakana design fonts! Original font address and download links also provided too. Continue reading
Ever fancying of having some cool Japanese fonts instead of using the boring default system Japanese fonts? Well, you are in the right place. Here I found another 5 unique Japanese fonts that is free for download. Why another? This is because I wrote a similar post before which is “Cute Japanese font for download” and successfully helped people to find a more unique Japanese fonts.
It is quite hard to find free Japanese fonts and all the sites are written in Japanese, so if you don’t know Japanese but wish to view and download the fonts, please view my post about “3 smart tools to translate Japanese sites & words” to translate to English.
Font Shop had released a featured freebies of quality font called “Relato Sans” previewed above. According to Font Shop:
Relato Sans™ (Emtype®)
Relato Sans is the best of a fresh new breed of humanist sans serifs. Witness Eduardo Manso’s technical and artistic skill for yourself with this complimentary sampling of the complete OpenType family.
The font looks really great. So head yourself to the Font Shop’s free font page and register yourself to download the font! Read on if you are looking for more quality fonts.