During my time as a designer I have found many ways to make my life just that little bit easier. In this series of articles on design resources I will share with you the resources I use on a regular basis.
The apps, websites, companies and products featured here are ones that I have personally used in my creative life. Some I use regularly and some are occasional but they all have one thing in common.
They help me get stuff done!
I hope you find at least one things listed here useful for your own creative endeavours.
First up in the series are Fonts
Font choice is incredibly important to a designer. Coupled with great imagery and the perfect colour palette, the font you choose can elevate or sink a project.
It is with great joy therefore that in this modern age of the internet that the availability of fantastic fonts has grown enormously. Of course, for fonts from the big foundries there will always be a premium price tag, but for everyday work you are spoiled for choice at very little cost.
As a junior designer I used this website a lot and while I don’t use it as often these days it is still a great resource for free fonts. I find it especially good for personal projects and for building up a portfolio of work without the cost of purchasing fonts!
As my career progressed and my work became more commercially minded, my client base evolved and I started using myfonts.com more and more for licensed fonts. Of course, with any licensing, there is a charge and it can vary greatly but the range of fonts and weights is often worth paying for and if it’s a fonts that’s purchased specifically for a client project then you can often charge that back too.
If you have a Adobe Creative Cloud subscription then Adobe Fonts are included with your account. All you need to do is sign into CC, search for the font you want, toggle your chosen font on and the fonts will appear ready to use in your font menu. Remember however that these fonts will only be available to you while your subscription is active.
In this field, Google have once again shown how mighty they are. Google Fonts is a great way to source and use fonts, in particular when it comes to building websites. With very little effort you caneasily add any of their fonts to your website using CSS without bulking up your code!
Creative Market is a great way to support independent font designers/foundries and artists. While this is a paid for resource you can often purchase bundles of fonts for a reasonable price, as well as other elements.