What the hell is that font called?
Posted January 23, 2011on:
I was working on a website for a client and while going through doing some research on similar sites I came across this awesome font that I had never seen before. I opened up one of my adobe programs and searched through the list of fonts and for the life of me could not find it. This drove me crazy. There has to be an easier and faster way to find fonts! So I did a little hunting and found this great website called Identifont. Identifont is very interesting and helpful website. It helped me find just the font I was looking for without ever even having to type the name of the font in or browse around thousands of lists.
If you don’t know the name of the font, such as how I did not know the name of the one I was researching for my client, there is an interesting way to discover it. To start you click on the link on the homepage that is towards the left that says “Identify A Font”. The next page gives you 2 important options. If you only have a select amount of letters from the font then you can type those letters or that word. I used this option since I only had a single word using the font I was trying to find. If you do this option it will ask you questions only based on the letters you listed. If you don’t have or want to use that option you can click the “Identify” button and it will use the generic guide for asking questions to find your font.
After you select one of the options will then bring you to a series of pages that ask specific questions about the font you are looking for. If you do not know the answers you can press the “not sure” option but the more that you can answer the better your results will be. Below is an example of one of the questions. Also on the left hand side if will show you how many fonts are possible for your choices and continue to ask you more until it has narrowed your search down to the smallest amount. This was exactly how I found my mysterious font.
If you do know the name of the font and are just trying to find out information, then you can type that in the search box on the right side of the page and it will bring you to a page displaying all its information. I tested this out by typing in the well known font Tahoma and these are the results I got. It shows you the name of the font, all the characters involved, who designed it, when, what similar fonts are to it, and where you can buy it.
I think that Identifont is a very helpful tool for designers like myself. There are a lot of little tips and tricks all over the website that will keep you playing around on there and finding all sorts of cool things. I spent a little extra time after I found my font, looking at the similar types and finally found the perfect font for my client. It would have taken me hours to find this if I was searching around DaFont’s site. Though DaFont is a great font website for browsing, it doesn’t help me when I am looking for something in specific. I am going to start using Identifont more often now that I know all of the little tricks and tips it has to offer and I would highly recommend designers to add this website tool their “toolbox” and to recommend this to anybody else who is ever font hunting.