Quickly Find Specialty Fonts

February 8, 2006 - 3:00am ||| 0 Comments | Add new

Someone on a listserv I subscribe to asked if anyone knew of a font that contained credit card logos. After a bit of Google searching I found one that was linked to by numerous web sites.

Rick Mueller's True Type font, Credit Card.ttf, can be downloaded from his specialty font portfolio site here ($5 shareware fee):

One of the Google hits that linked to Rick's font, DaFont.com, caught my eye. It looked like a handy resource for finding other fonts, so I added it to my "Font Finder" bookmark collection. DaFont is available in French or English here:

The main online resource I use for locating, previewing and buying fonts is the web site for Adobe's Type Library (http://store.adobe.com/type/main.html). If I want to search the collections of multiple foundries for the same typeface, I try Fonts.com or MyFonts.com.

Neither Adobe's site nor MyFonts.com turned up any hits on "credit card logo." The Fonts.com site found one Type 1 font with credit card logos called CreditCardsPO1:
… but I really hate using that site, it's slow and all the information is jammed up in the left side of my browser window.

DaFont.com, in contrast, is cleanly-designed, roomy and fast. Its collection is not nearly as comprehensive as the other ones, but it comes in first when you're looking for inexpensive specialty fonts (anything other than a traditional body text font). Most of its collection are TrueType freeware or shareware fonts designed by smaller companies and individuals, and the ones I've downloaded and tried out work fine in all my latest design software programs.

I like that you can enter your own text for a custom preview of all the fonts that match your search term, too, and that preview comes up amazingly fast as well.

You can download the fonts right from DaFont.com (PC or Mac OS X), or you can go to the designer's web site (if available) via a link next to the search result and peruse the designer's other offerings. Purchase terms for each font are listed next to their name. Most of them are free or under $10.

A couple weeks after the credit card logo request, someone else on the same mailing list asked if anyone knew of a handwriting font that would work for addressing direct-mail pieces. She wanted a font that looked like "real" handwriting, not a script font.

I went back to DaFont and looked at the tidy list of linked categories and sub-categories that appears at the top of every page. Clicking on Script > Handwriting, I arrived (in about .05 seconds) at the first 20 out of almost 200 matches. Wow!


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