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I’ve seen some crazy web tool sites in the past, but this one takes the cake. Fontstruct is everything that’s good about competitive design constraints, and none of the scary pricing which plagues most of the font world (with the exception of dafont). Let me put this in bold: Fonts have never been this exciting.

  • Fonts are creative commons by default. The site is already designed for you to clone someone else’s font, make additions or changes, and resubmit it as your own.
  • The font building tool is impressively good for making contemporary typefaces. Really creative people have even made contemporary twists on traditional fonts as a byproduct of the strange building tools provided with excitingly fresh results.
  • Once you’re done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.


Blog with tons of images from old and rare books.  Every image links to a high quality version.



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What are the most famous, most saught after, most used, most ubiqutous, most covered in all of our courses, and probably the most expensive fonts in the world? Helvetica gets first place for sure.

Helvetica Neue LT Std is used just as much, if not more since the 80s. It definitely has some advantages. The font was adapted in to a font family system borrowed from Univers.


Univers LT Std is a personal favourite and even cleaner than Helvetica.


The standardized font family weighting system is extremely useful while you’re mixing fonts together on the same page. It allows you to depend on a consistent x-height, and gives you more control over the more important parts of a text-heavy piece of work without blowing out your dimensions. Now for the real kicker. Both of these fonts, by default, are turned off. I highly recommend you turn them on the next time you’re about to jump in to Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the most fine tuned type faces in the world are also the most forgiving.


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