Typography is a crucial component of a design. When used effectively, it sets the mood and solicits emotion about the design. Working with typography can be challenging, but fortunately, there is a plethora of free tools on the web that can help you work with type.
In this article, you’ll find 20 tools for working with typography. You’ll find an assortment of tools that’ll help you with testing, identifying, sizing, and even making, fonts.
Typetester allows you to compare various fonts and styles on one page. You can try out different looks for your sample text by changing its styles and attributes.
FontStructor is a free, web-based tool for creating your own fonts. It has an intuitive interface so don’t expect a high learning curve.
3. Font Tester
7. CSS Type Set
CSS Type Set lets you experiment with different styles and attributes (such as font size, font weight, font family) of web typography. Once you’re satisfied with your tweaking, it’ll generate the appropriate CSS code for you.
TypeNavigator is a simple and intuitive visual font search tool. It presents a series of images so that you can try and identify the name of the font you’re looking at. What’s great about visual search is that you don’t have to be familiar with the typography terms and the anatomy of type to be able to successfully find the font you want.
Hi-Res FontTester is a simple and straightforward tool for testing various fonts. You can create as many samples as you want, and then when you’re finished, you can export your tests in a PDF file for storing and sharing.
10. Font Burner
Font Burner lets you search for fonts that you can embed in your site. You can embed the font you’ve chosen on your web pages by copying-and-pasting the code they provide (which uses sIFR).
PXtoEM is simple web tool that gives you a matrix for pixel, em, percent, and point units based on your <body>’s font size. If you’re used to working with pixels but see the value in using em as your size unit, PXtoEM will lessen the need for you to reach for your calculator.
17. Designer Plaything
Designer Plaything lets you experiment with different web typography and color combinations. It also allows you to check color accessibility. There’s a web-based version and a downloadable version which you can grab on this page.
19. Font Picker
Font Picker is a simple web tool for browsing all the fonts available on your computer. It can be a useful tool for quickly previewing and selecting what font you want to use for a design.
CSSTXT is an uncomplicated web tool for generating CSS style rules for web typography.
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