Add a Touch of Elegance to Your Font Library with Font SquirrelDecember 3, 2011 at 11:00 am | Posted in Conventional Art, Software | Leave a comment
Hello, creative minds! It’s the Imikimi Team here, back again to provide you with yet another invaluable resource. A little while back, we shared daFont with you, a massive repository for all varieties of font. Containing thousands of fonts, it’s a massive resource. But what if you’re looking for a collection of fonts that’s a little more honed, a little more refined, something with a little more class? Well then, we’ve got the perfect feature for you today, Font Squirrel.
Font Squirrel contains hundreds of high-quality fonts specifically chosen by designers for their elegance and practicality. Much like the fonts showcased, the website is extremely sleek. Nothing extraneous, which is just what we want to see in a site like this. Nothing to distract from the featured typefaces. Scrolling down the page a bit, you’ll see some of the staff’s favorites. The name of the font is proudly displayed in the actual font, enabling you to get a feel for its aesthetics and how all the letters look. These are just a sampling of the different styles offered, and are just a taste of what’s in store.
But to really explore the assortment of type, try exploring the “Styles” menu on the right. We’ll take a moment to explore the “Sans Serif” style. After clicking the link, every font in that category will be displayed before you. Below and to the left of the displayed font are the name of the font, the number of “styles” (variations of that same font, such as italic, bold, etc), the type of font, and the “foundry.” The foundry is the name of the creator, the one who made the font possible. Clicking on this will take you to a page displaying all fonts by that foundry, enabling the view of their body of work. Alternatively, if you wish to see what other people are liking and downloading the most, try clicking the “Popular” tab at the top of the page.
Let’s say you’ve discovered a font which strikes your fancy. If you were to click the image of the font (in this case “Droid”) instead of clicking the foundry, you would be taken to view all of the “glyphs” (letters) contained within. On the top right of the page is a button which reads “Download OTF.” OTF is simply short for “OpenType Font,” which is a font file that can be used by both Windows and OS X. Simply click to download, save wherever you wish, extract the font, and install. The file is now ready for use on your computer. Did we mention that all of the fonts are completely free? Well they are! So get to downloading and building up a completely awesome and thorough library of fonts. Font files are extremely small in size, so don’t be afraid of installing hundreds, or even thousands of fonts!
As always, we’d like to thank you all so very much for stopping by the Imikimi blog! We always hope to give a little bit of help and insight to you, our faithful readers. Please let us know what you liked, and what you would like to see in the future! Much more is to come soon! Thanks again!
The Imikimi Team
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