Whether you’re a graphic designer and hardcore typographer, someone working in the business/markting space, or just an appreciator of cool fonts; at some point you’re bound to come across an awesome font and have no idea what the name of it is or how to find it. Frustrating, right? Thankfully, there are plenty of awesome resources out there to help you find that font. Here are three options to assist in the search:
WhatFont Chrome Extension
WhatFont is a lifesaver when it comes to identifying fonts online. This extension allows you to hover over a section of type on a website and instantly identify what font is being used. It’s free in the Chrome Web Store: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/whatfont/jabopobgcpjmedljpbcaablpmlmfcogm
Here’s an example of WhatFont identifying type on the A&G website.
WhatTheFont by MyFonts
One of the largest online font stores, MyFonts uses its online collection of fonts to scan an image and detect matching fonts in the collection. The WhatTheFont tool allows you to upload a photo or screenshot and find potential matches on the website.
WhatTheFont in action. The third font on the list, Galano Classic, is the font I actually used for this logo.
Learn to Identify Fonts
Ok, this one is a bit more time intensive! But learning the ins and outs of typography is a great skill to have. Working with fonts all day, I’ve gotten to a point where I can identify the most commonly used fonts right on sight. But you don’t have to work with type for a living in order to become a font aficionado. Anyone can learn typography with a bit of practice, and there are plenty of free resources out there to brush up your font skills. One great resource is the Fontology series at fonts.com. This free crash course covers everything from the basics of type to professional level details you’d learn in design school.
A sample of the Fontology course.
I hope these resources provide some practical assistance and creative inspiration for your next project.
Happy font hunting!