Finding (Font) Inspiration


fontophile definition from Wonderland Media

I love fonts. Handwritten, Serif, Slab--I love them all. I love to combine unexpected fonts, I love swapping out a single font in a design to see how it changes the feel of a project. Most Sunday mornings you will find me in bed, coffee in hand, scrolling through countless font foundries and downloading more than I could ever hope to use.

I am a fontophile, whether that's a real word or not.

And while it's all well and good to search through font foundries, sometimes you just can't picture how a font will work with a project. I've also gotten myself into situations where I found a font that my client loved, but had a hard time pairing it with something that they loved just as much. Basically, marrying fonts is sometimes harder than marrying people, and it's a union that generally lasts longer as well.

I'm not the kind of person to fiercely protect my resources; I'd much rather share them, and encourage community over competition. So, without further ado, my favourite font resources:

  • When I'm in the font doldrums, I generally turn to Typewolf. Beautifully designed, regularly updated, and--best of all--it has suggestions for free fonts that are similar to the ones that they suggest.
  • When I'm looking to match a font to a specific aesthetic element, I'll cruise Creative Market for fonts from artists with a similar style to my project. Sometimes, as a bonus, I'm able to find multiple elements from the same artist to use in a design. I like those days.
  • When I'm working on a modern, stark project, I refer to Daily Designer to keep my vision from becoming cluttered or overly-designed.
  • When I'm working on a project with a tight budget, but huge aspirations, I generally head over to the pay-what-you-want foundry Lost Type.
  • For general reading, I love Fontspring's blog

So, there you have it! My go-to places when I need some fontspiration. Do you have a favourite font foundry or blog? Share it in the comments!