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Hello my name is _________ and I’m a FONT aholic

Have you ever browsed a website, and wondered what gorgy gorgeous font it was?

There are about fourteen thousand trillion billion gazillion fonts out there in the cyberverse.  How do you find out which one is which?

I have a magic secret for you.   You will be able to discover the name of the font.

Yesss.

 

 

The best tool for finding fonts.

 

Today’s tip has nothing to do with how to code a blog, download fonts or any of that shenanigans…given that I have absolutely no business doling out pointers on anything that has to do with intense computer code or deep analytical thinking.  Deep thinking gives me a headache.

 

I’d rather take the short cut.  How about you?

Up until now,  I bet you couldn’t figure out the name of your fonts.

What the what what??!   What.

 

No fair.

You are going to lurve this little secret.  No more font guessing for you.

 

Fonts are bombalicious.

 

Let’s go on a font adventure.

Note :  This sort of adventure can be good times and it can be hell on wheels *flares nostrils*

Ask my web team about font adventures.   I’m sure they want to brush my teeth with a brick right now.  It has been two years, yes… two years… of sending them font emails like this :

 

“Oh look at this one.  Ohmmmergerd.  Check out this font.   I luurve this font.  Dang sexy font.”

 

A total font nutter.

Fonts are pure eye candy deliciousness.  If a font had a butt, I would grab it.   I would definitely roll around the hay with it.  I’d have nasty font sex and spawn font babies.

 

” Look at that font.  I want to tap that quesadilla.”

 

I know you must be all kinds of weirded out by now.   Stop staring at the computer screen.  I can see up your nose.

Fonts get me so excited.  Pumped up like an energy bomb.   I could jog to Texas right now.

The point of all this font business is that it got me thinking.   I’m not alone.  You do it too.  I know it.  Right? Right.   Say yes or I will punch you.

 

Hello, my name is Lynne.  I blog because I am not a good

rapper and I’m addicted to fonts.  So there. 

 

Here’s the deal :

 

We can waste a lot of mental anguish and time just trying to discover which fonts are which online.  That kind of anguish can drive any grown adult to want to drink rum from a sippy cup.  Those hours will have disappeared, never to be seen again.  Buhhh-bye.

Right?  Right.  I’m reading your mail.  I’ve got your number.

I hope you drink well with others.  We can get through this together.

 

Secret solution :

 

WhatFont  to the rescue.  It will blow your mind.

Nod your head and follow along with me for a moment.

 

 

The best tool for finding fonts.

 

Now you can have font-gasmic fonts.

 

The swag.

 The bee’s knees.

 The booty to bootylicious.

 

FONTS. 

 

The coolio thaaang about Whatfont is that you just hover your mouse (cat or dog) over any text and the name of the font is revealed.  Like magic ink.

 

1.     Download whatfont and store it in your bookmarks tab for easy access any ol’ time.

2.    Open any webpage.  Preferably one that you have been dying to know the font for.

3.    Now go up to your tabs toolbar and click on your whatfont tab while on that bloggy webpage with the mysterious font.

4.    The whatfont box will show in the upper right side of the page.

 

This is how it will look :

 See it right here?

Look down.

There.

The best tool for finding fonts.

 

 

5.     Hover over any text on the page.  Whatfont will tell you the name of the font, the size… the whole shebang !!!!!!  Holy batman.

 

The best tool for finding fonts.

 

6.    Mind blown.

7.    Mystery font revealed.

 

Aren't you special?   Clap yourself up.

 

Now that you have it all figured out, here are some typography rules to live by …

 

Follow these rules for fonts on your website or blog.

 

KISS {keep it simple stupid} rules :

 

1.    Try to have 3 or less fonts on your site.  It is an easier read on the eyes.

2.   Use your fun fonts sparingly … for example.. in captions and headers.

3.   Keep the main body of your blog post fonts a very simple easy to read font.  Nothing cray-cray.   You want it to be easy to read on mobile devices.

 

There.  Done.

 

Lynne, interrupted :

Hey, cool things happened in the internets land this week :

Cool stuff happened on the internet this week. Read more on www.lynneknowlton.com

 

**  This dog.  I can’t even.  He will make you say yeah to everything.  It is hilare.

**  I tweet, therefore I am.  This weeks twitter profile pet peeve :  “Views shared here are my own. ”  Oh no you di-idn’t.  Well who the hell else would have shared them? You wrote ‘em doofass.

**  I have a thing for food.  But not when I cook it.   Good news:   I can wash dishes like a rock star.  Because I have these faucets.  They make me a better chief cook and bottle washer.  I wrote about them here.

 

Your turn !    What’s your favourite font?  Let me know in the comments.

PS.  The font in the comment section will make you feel like you can print like a pro.  You see, grade school was worth it after all.  Take that, cursive writing class.

This has been a public service announcement.

I heart you.

Talk to me.  Talk to me.  Whisper sweet font nothings in my ear.

Lynne

 

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45 Responses

  1. Lesli says:

    Just discovered your blog yesterday and I’ve been all over it and reading it aloud to my sister off and on. I cry. I laugh. I love!!

    Would you mind sharing what font you’re using for your signature and pictured categories (like Treehouse, Contact Me), etc. I love the long tail on it and I sure don’t have to try to find it, if you’d be willing to share. Also does WhatFont work on images, or just typed text?

    Thanks in advance. BTW, my sista is my BFF and she’s afraid she’s going to be kicked to the curb and replaced by YOU because I love you that way already. She has no worries, but we’re ready to adopt you into the sista club!

  2. Tara Ross says:

    Okay, so I love Whatfont…I’ve been using it for about 3 months ever since I fell in love with the fonts over at Nathan Barry’s website (app developer and ebook author). Anyhoo…here’s the thing, though (and this may be a “duhhhh….” kind of question, but let’s say I really like this “Architect’s Daughter” font you’ve got going on here. How do I get it? Is there a particular site where you go and buy fonts? I’ve tried that before, and tried uploading them into my font collection on Photoshop, but was foiled in my attempt. And since I know you don’t like Photoshop based on your blog post about picmonkey, you’re clearly doing something that does not involve Photoshop, so what gives? LOL. :-)

    • Hi Tara

      You can download Architects daughter for free from here http://www.dafont.com/architects-daughter.font and other font sites.

      I use a mac computer, do you? After downloading the font, I go and grab it and install it on my computer by clicking the install font tab in the download file.

      Once the font is on your ‘puter :) it should automatically show up as one of your listed fonts in photoshop.

      Wham bam, thank ya ma’am :)

      I actually don’t use the full photoshop (eeeeeek) but I do use photoshop elements. It is my short cut, easy version of things :)

      Hope that helps !
      Lynne xx

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  4. Good question for you….do you think a blog should have the same font all over or are you a fan of different fonts? While I type this, you have this funky font for your comments that is very cool!

    Thanx as always
    Rosemary

    • Hi Rosemary,

      Yes, it is best to have one clear/clean font that is easy to read on all devices for the body of the blog post. I limit my font usage to 3 fonts as a maximum on the blog page. I use a different font for the title of the blog post as well.

      Normally, I would keep the same font in the comment section. This font is sort of the exception to the rule. I started with it a couple of years ago, and everyone likes ‘writing’ with it in the comment section. So I stuck with it for FUN :) It’s so coolio, isn’t it? It is called Architects daughter.

      Generally, it is good to keep the main body of texts in a simple font and use the more creative fonts in captions and titles.

      Cheers!
      Lynne

  5. NikiDee says:

    AGH…..get out of my head Lynne! How did you KNOW I loved fonts so much. creepy. WhatFont is amazing!! My fav font list is quiet long but I do love Driftwood & Jellyka (fancy ones) & the more mundane Comic Sans. There’s just something about Comic Sans that makes my eyes say “Thank You”. OH…& there’s Papyrus, Honey Script, Always Forever…… :)

    • Oh me ohhh my,

      Now you are in MY HEAD. We are even :). I just downloaded Honey Script and Always Forever. Thank you. I think. haha! Have you tried Jennifer Lynne? I think you will ADORE that one! Danger. Danger. So gorgeous!

      Lynne xx

  6. Thanks for the info! I just downloaded it through Google Chrome. Super easy to do! ~Thea

  7. Carolyn says:

    I really like the font you’re using in the comments section…

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Did you check it out with Whatfont? Let me know how it works for you. Of course, I’ll still tell you the name of the font, if you get stuck. You will be SHOCKED at how easy it is to figure out with Whatfont :)

      Happy weekend xx

      Lynne

  8. Andrea says:

    Lynne you are a super-genius for discovering the whatfont thing. Installed it pronto! Thank you for sharing. I’m already distracted figuring out all your bloggy fonts :) Here’s one of my faves…simply*glamorous.

    • Holy Smack Dab Andrea,

      I LUUUURVE that font too. I am currently writing an ebook on how to edit photos with apps (it will be a FREE one) and I am using that font as we speak. Small world :) You clearly have great taste. LOL.

      Lynne xx

  9. jan says:

    Girl, you make me snort laugh right out loud.
    I only found you about a week or so ago, but I’m convinced we are soulsistahs. Yep.
    One font freak to another, y’know.

  10. Auntiepatch says:

    You are one sick puppy! LOL! I use Century Gothic because it is so easy to read. Nothing spectacular, just easy on the eyes.

  11. AwesomelyOZ says:

    great tip thanks Lynne!! Happy Friday hope you and yours are doing swell. :) -Iva!

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  13. Lynn says:

    You, Miss Lynn Knowlton are bombalicious. You make me smile every. single. time. you appear in my inbox. Without fail sista. Gratitude!!

  14. Craig says:

    Schoolbell font, cause I can’t let go…

  15. Michael says:

    That dog video is toooooo funny. I may develop a new word whisper… Yeah. Yeah… haha

  16. Courtney says:

    Whatfont sounds interesting, Tks!

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