Have Font! 10 Fun Websites for Font Enthusiasts

Mon, Apr 28, 2008, by Sydney Hazelton

Web Design

There was a time in my life when I was simply fascinated with different font types. I would browse the Internet for hours to download as many free fonts as possible. Here are some of the coolest and most creative websites for fonts that I’ve found.

Recently the need to find a particular font type swept me again. It was sparked after reading a book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne.

It has such a beautiful script font that I went on a rampage to look for the font type. Apparently, it uses a few font types. I still can’t figure it out but found loads of other fun websites and articles for fonts instead.

1. SimplytheBest Fonts

I must say that Simply The Best lives up to its name. You can download your favorite fonts for free here. The website is user-friendly and its fonts are neatly categorized for easy browsing.

Some categories include handwriting fonts, horror fonts, movie fonts, TV fonts and wild fonts. You can also search fonts based on its name.

2. TypeNow

At Type Now, you can download free fonts according to themes such as movie-related fonts (eg, Lord of the Rings, The Matrix and Star Wars), music or band fonts (eg, Def Leppard, Korn, KISS and Slipknot) and game-related fonts (Counterstrike, Diablo and Nintendo).

There is also a miscellaneous section which has fonts such as Swatch (the watch), Snickers (chocolate bar), Ferrari (the car), Yahoo! (the search engine), and Hershey’s Chocolate fonts.

3. WhatTheFont

Here is a font forum for all font enthusiasts. If you have an image of a font you see in the streets, you can upload it at this forum and other font enthusiasts will research to find out the font type for you.

I managed to find some clues for “The Secret” font I was looking for in this forum.

4. Fonfreak

Here is a website which categorizes its fonts into PC fonts and MAC fonts. If you do not want the hassle of identifying a font you like and later discovering that the font is not suitable for your computer, you should visit this website to search for your fonts. You can also download 5000 fonts in one single file, but there is a catch. It’s not free. You need to pay $7.95. Otherwise, you can still download the fonts one by one for free.

5. Great Fonts for Web 2.0

Here is a great article about fonts that you can use for the modern web era, the Web 2.0. The article is written by a blogger Stuart Brown who uncovers the fonts used by websites such as 43Things, TechCrunch and Bloglines.

Go to this article to find out the font type for the above-mentioned logos.

6. Fonttester

This is a website where you can preview and compare different fonts side by side. You can compare up to three different fonts at any one time.

This is a very useful tool for web developers who are looking for just the right font to use for their pages.

7. Fonts500

Following the Fortune 500 companies idea, this website claims to know the web’s top 500 free fonts. Here, you can type a name or word and you can preview how it looks like with 100 different fonts at a time.

After you are satisfied with that font, you can download it. It saves you a lot of time! Most of the time, we download the font first, then see how it looks like in a word. I wouId recommend this website for those of you who wants to create logos for their websites.

8. Iconian

All the fonts in this website is created by Dan Zadorozny over the past 8 years. You can download the fonts for free as long as it is not for commercial use.

What I like about this website is his compilation of Dingbats which include superhero dingbats. An example is the Superman and Transformers logos. Very cute!

9. Showfont

If you know the name of the font you are looking for, you can search for it in ShowFont. It compiles its fonts in alphabetical order.

This font website does not really work for me because I prefer to look for fonts based on a particular style such as the handwriting or script font styles.

10. I-Love-Disney

Here’s something for your little kids.

They can download the Walt Disney font and other Disney cartoon fonts such as Cinderella, Monsters Inc, Shrek and SpongeBob fonts here.

That’s all folks. Have font!

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  1. LauraT Says:

    Great article, I love the different fonts you have illustrated here.

  2. marie Says:

    Hi, did you figure out the font of the secret now? i am also looking for it but without success.
    Best wishes
    Madeleine

  3. balistic Says:

    the font is “P22 Cezanne Alt One” google it :)

  4. inbeautyliesdanger Says:

    1001fonts.com is another great site..free fonts are neatly categorised and there’s even an option for Windows and Mac separately!!!

  5. oliver Says:

    Found a new site called http://www.fonts2u.com. These guys have over 20k free fonts nicely categorized
    and what I really liked is the extended search they offer. You may search thru all character
    maps. I was trying to find fonts with Japanese characters. I simply selected desired character
    map, hit search and got fonts supporting them. Really cool and effective.

  6. Drew Says:

    Hi, great collection you got here. I’d like to know what is the name of the second style in the third article, which is about “WhatTheFont”, because I wasn’t able to find it.
    Thanks

  7. Kinga Says:

    Another good website is kevinandamanda.com

  8. Anastasia Says:

    Ehh, hard to copy but I guess it was helpful.

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