Typography is an integral part of designs that use text. There are many tools out there that are available at your disposal for helping you work with type. In this article, you will find a collection of the best typography tools available on the web.
What’s more, they’re all absolutely free! If you’re a web designer or developer, then these tools are going to save you some serious time and effort. Take time to work your way through this extensive list and give everything a go.
This brilliant online tool identifies fonts from anywhere. Simply scan in the font you wish to identify and it (or a close match) will be found on the database. The forum is very helpful too.
2. CSS Typeset
This great online application allows you to test and compare fonts side-by-side. Enter text into the Sample Text box and modify each column below.
4. Baseline Rhythm Calculator
A great tool for web designers who want to figure out baselines for stylesheets, when you enter a base font size and line height, the page changes accordingly and CSS is generated for use.
You can create the perfect font, using geometric shapes in a grid pattern, with this online font-building tool. It generates a high-quality TrueType font from that which you have designed, for use in any Mac or Windows application.
By entering the name of any Microsoft product into the left-hand box, you can get a list of all of the fonts that come with that product. By entering the name of any font family into the right-hand box, you can get a list of all the Microsoft programmes that come with that font. Easy!
8. Font Tester
11. Common Fonts
12. TTFTitles WordPress Plugin
This plugin lets you replace WordPress title posts with images, so that every end-user sees the same thing, no matter which fonts they have installed.
13. Flipping Typical
15. BitFont Maker
16. STC Font Browser
With this easy-to-use flash application, you can preview all the fonts active on your system.
17. Font Picker
This simple online tool lists all of the fonts on your computer. It helps you narrow down your font search and choose the ideal one for you.
18. Facelift Image Replacement
You can generate image representations of fonts that might not otherwise be viewable to end-users with this free-to-download tool. Generated images are automatically inserted into your web page. Suitable for Windows and Mac.
This interactive online visual font search system finds the perfect font for you, even if all you have is a mental image of what you want. Choose from the basic forms on the left and keep selecting attributes until you’ve found exactly what you’re looking for.
21. Designer Plaything
Experiment with typography and choose from millions of colours with this stand-alone testing tool. Suitable for Windows and Mac.
22. CCS Font Sampler
This is a guide to all common Windows, Mac and Linux fonts. It includes font samples, images and a sampler to help you choose a typeface.
23. Cool Text
24. Font Burner
This free software, suitable for Windows users only, organises all of your fonts into folders with tags, like media files. Some fonts are even recognised and catalogued automatically.