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Internet has a huge collection of funny photos of all kinds: cats, trolls, funny quotes, epic fails and more cool stuff to make you laugh out loud.
Here’s my list of top typography fun pictures that will cheer you up quickly!

Explanation of type variants

typeface variants

Everyone loves to hate Comic Sans

Comic Sans_pics

If fonts were dogs (Comic Sans is the best)

If fonts were dogs

How's your doctor's handwriting?

Doctor Typeface

The following guide really cracks me up

Guide to_fonts


Let me know if you liked these (comment below). I'm still laughing with some of them!!!

I always thought that lettering is painted on city streets using big stencils. I was shocked when I saw the following video. The level of precision and artistry these craftsmen posses is surprising.
This video is a must-watch for anyone who appreciates typography and the craftsmanship that goes into the creation of hand drawn signs.

Tom Williams, a designer in London, spotted two sign-painters at work and decided to film their process. They hand-lettered the words “Bus Stop” with nothing more than a metal pole to help align their work.

Daniel Britton created the “Dyslexic Typeface” while studying at The London College of Communication. A graphic designer diagnosed as dyslexic and realising that his friends and teachers couldn't appreciate what it meant, he is now using his creative talents to create greater awareness and empathy for those with dyslexia.
DYSLEXIA

To do this he created a font in which he removed about half of each letter and made it intentionally difficult to read. The font isn't meant to recreate the exact experience of having dyslexia; rather, it's intended to show the reader what it feels like -- the extra effort it requires and the frustration you feel as it slows you down.
DYSLEXIA Font

"What this typeface does is break down the reading time of a non-dyslexic down to the speed of a dyslexic. I wanted to make non-dyslexic people understand what it is like to read with the condition and to recreate the frustration and embarrassment of reading everyday text and then in turn to create a better understanding of the condition," Britton explains on his website.

The International Dyslexia Foundation states that between 15% and 20% of the population have a language-based learning disability, dyslexia being the most common of these. The United States Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 15% of the U.S. population has dyslexia.
Dyslexia is "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling". People are affected differently; some have problems processing language while others struggle to process visual information.

Try reading the following text, written in the font Britton designed and have a small taste of what it feels like to be dyslexic.
Dyslexia Text.

The font can't be downloaded for use yet, but Britton has started a Crowdfunder campaign to create "dyslexia awareness packs" that can be used by schools. The packs will be sent to schools around the world that want to use the typeface. He wants to raise 2,000 British pounds (about $3,163.60) to cover production and shipping costs until revenues make the project self-sustaining.

Last week we had a request on our Forum to help identify the font used in a complex (deformed) image.
Although Jim has been using Find my Font for quite some time now, he couldn't figure out how to identify the font in the following image.
Image-with-Font

As you can see, the text in the image is rotated and skewed. It seemed like an easy case to me but I could see how this would be difficult for some people so I decided to write this blog post to help other users facing similar problems.
This also serves as a tutorial on how to use the Image Correction and Deformation tool to prepare the complex image for proper letter selection and font identification.
This tutorial assumes that you are familiar with the basic usage of Find my Font (basic image manipulation, letter selection, font matching). If you are a novice user I suggest following the tutorials that are supplied with the program (Help Menu > Help Contents > Tutorials).

Load the image in Find my Font.

First thing to do is to bring the image in your program. 99% of the times I take a screenshot to bring the image in Find my Font. So with your web browser showing the question in the forum, scroll so that the desired image is shown. Sometimes, if the image is too small, I use my browser's zoom functionality to enlarge the image (ctrl-mouse wheel up) but that is not necessary in this case:
browser screenshot 

Open Find my Font and press Ctrl-S to take a screenshot of your browser. Then zoom around the image using the mouse wheel as shown below :
Image imported in Find my Font

Skewed SIt is obvious that if you select a letter from the image as shown here you wouldn't be able to identify the font. The image is too deformed. This image needs to be deskewed before we can use it.

Fix the image

ButtonTo be able to select letters from this image you have to deskew it with the Image Correction and Deformation tool (using the button shown here).
When you click the button, a marquee selector will appear. Drag it from the center so that the lower left corner encloses the logo. At the top is the preview area. It displays a preview of the corrected image.
marquee selector

Now hold the Shift key pressed and drag the right hand circle of the marquee selector up so that its bottom line is parallel to the logo's bottom side. At the same time, notice how the preview shows the image horizontal.
Step 1

The image is still not ready for letter selection. In the preview area you can see that it looks slanted to the left.
Hold again the Shift key pressed and drag the top hand circle of the marquee selector to the left so that the dotted guide lines show parallel to the letters in the logo.Now the preview shows the image correct.
Step 2

Select the letter 'S'.

When the marquee selector covers the logo as shown above press the Enter key.
The corrected image will be displayed above the screen shot. Use the mouse wheel to zoom in the corrected image around the letter 'S'.
corrected

Now you will have to select one or more letters in order to identify the font. In this case the letter 'S' will be enough (it's quite unique).
Since this image is pretty soft, it's best to set the Selection Tolerance to a low value. Click on the letter 'S' to select it.
Select-1

If the whole letter is not selected, hold the Shift key pressed and click on  another (not selected) part of the letter 'S'.
Select-2 

Identify the font.

When the whole letter 'S' is selected, type it in the Text to Match field and click on the Match Fonts! button. Within a couple of seconds you will have the identified font.
font-matched-from-image

The identified font is Sucrosegirl from Letterhead Fonts.

correction toolThis tutorial showed you how to deskew an image and prepare it for proper letter selection and font identification. The Image Correction and Deformation tool has a lot more capabilities such as perspective correction, image enlargement, contrast improvement. If you would like to know more about this powerful tool, please see the online help that is supplied with the program (Help Menu > Help Contents > How to Guides > How to Adjust the Image > How to Correct the Image).

I hope this tutorial will help Find my Font users make the most out of their program.

As always, your comments and questions are very welcome.
 

Samples of new fonts

Do you use Find my Font every day?

Do you consider it an invaluable tool?

Did you ever try to identify a font and just couldn't?

Here are some great news for all you Find my Font enthusiasts.


   Now Find my Font identifies twice as many fonts in half the time !


 Matching Font ListIt took us a lot of time and many developers but we finally did it. Our online font database now includes more than 125,000 unique typefaces. At the same time we reduced the average online matching speed to less than 3 seconds. What this means for you is that you will be able to identify almost any font in existence and you will do it faster than ever. 

Here are the details of what it took to get our online Database to this level of performance:

It all started 5 months ago when we decided to do a major update to our online font database. We started contacting many small font foundries to get a list of their most recent releases. At the same time our developers focused on optimizing even more the server matching algorithms. After we completed all our updates we were still not 100% happy with the results. We wanted to increase the matching speed even more. At this point we had an enormous font collection and the average matching speed was about 7 seconds.

Identification ServersIn order to achieve the performance we had hoped for, some drastic changes had to take place. Again two separate teams worked parallel to each other. One team examined all fonts one by one and eliminated duplicates or invalid fonts, while the other team separated the server functionality and spread it into three different servers. A matching/identification server, a preview server and the web server. After some more optimizations and tweaking we achieved and exceeded the desired performance.

The cleaned up font list includes over 125,000 fonts (41,000 free, 84,000 commercial) while the average matching speed is less than 3 seconds.

All this was done for our valued clients. Our mission is always to help you identify any font (commercial or free) whether you have it on your computer or not and to do that as fast as possible.

We would like to thank you all for your support and your excellent recommendations.

Stay tuned as we are also preparing an update to the Find my Font application itself.

 

Font Database details

Our database now includes fonts from the following Free / Downloadable font sources:
  • Google Web Fonts
  • Dafont.com
  • Dieter Steffmann
  • Iconian Fonts
  • OPTI/Castcraft


You can always identify fonts that are distributed with Mac OS or MS Windows 

We included most fonts of the following font retailers: 
  • MyFonts.com
  • FontShop.com
  • veer.com
  • vlg.com
  • LostType.com
As a result you can identify almost all fonts of the following commercial font foundries & designers:
205, 2DTypo, Absolut Foundry, Acme Collection, ActiveSphere, Adobe, Adriprints, Adtypo, Aga Silva, Agfa, AKTF, Albatross, Alexandra Korolkova, Alien, Alphabet Soup, ALT, Altered Ego, Andinistas, Andrij Type, Apple, Archive Type, Aring Typeface AB, Art & Sign, Artcity, ARTypes, Arty Type, Ascender, Astigmatic, ASType, Atlantic Fonts, Atlas Font Foundry, Australian Type Foundry, Autographis, BA Graphics, Bannigan Artworks, Berthold, Betatype, Bitstream, Blambot, BlueVinyl Fonts, Bompartes Fonts, Borges Lettering, Breaking The Norm, Brownfox, BRtype, Buttfaces, Calligraphics, Canada Type, Cape Arcona, Carnoky Type, Carter&Cone, Castle Type, Catharsis, Celebrity Fontz, Chank, Characters, Chris Costello, Comicraft, Commercial Type, Correspondence Ink, Cubanica, Cultivated Mind, Dalton Maag, Dan X. Solo, Darden Studio, Dayflash, Decade Type Foundry, Dennis Ortiz Lopez, Dezcom, Die Typonauten, Doo Type, Drewfonts, Driemeyer Design, DSType, DTP Types, Dutchfonts, Eimantas Paskonis, Elsner+Flake, Emigre, Emily Lime, Emtype, Enrich Design, Evertype, Exclamachine, Exljbris, Faberfonts, FaceType, FDI, Feliciano, Fenotype, Fewell Foundry, Flanker, Flat-it, Font Bureau, FontBoy, FontDiner, Fontfabric, Fontforecast, FontHaus, Fonthead Design, Font Meister, Font Mesa, Fontmill, Fontpartners, Fontron, Fontschmiede, FontShop, FontsOfChaos, Fountain, Galapagos, Garage Fonts, Gestalten, Glyph Systems, Graffiti Fonts, Graviton, Green Type, Grilli Type, Hackberry, Hamburger Fonts, Handselecta, Hanoded, Harolds Fonts, hgo, Hiekka Graphics, HiH Retrofonts, Hoefler&Co, Hoftype, HoldFast Foundry, House Industries, Hubert Jocham, Huerta Tipografica, HVD Fonts, IC Fonts, Identikal, Image Club Graphics, Indian Type Foundry, Ingrimayne Type, Insigne, Intellecta Design, Isaco, ITC, JAW Fonts, Jelloween, Joe Bob Graphics, John Moore, John Vargas Beltran, Just Another Foundry, JustMyType, K-Type, Karandash, Kenn Munk, Kingsley ATF, Klim Type, Klingspor, Kontour Type, Kostic, Kustomtype, La Goupil, Lanston Type Co, Latinotype, Letraset, Letterbox, Letterhead, Letterjuice, Letter Perfect, Letters From Sweden, Lian Types, Linotype, Looseleaf Fonts, Lucas Fonts, LudwigType, Lux Typographic, MAC Rhino Fonts, Magpie PaperWorks, Manuel Ramos, Mark Simonson, MartinPlus Fonts, Matt Grey Design, Mecanorma, Melle Diete, Microsoft, Miller Type, Misprinted Type, Monogram Fonts, Monotype, Morganismi, Morisawa, Nerfect, Nick Curtis, Nonpareille, Nootype, NovoTypo, OkayType, OMtype, Optimo, OurHouseGraphics, OurType, OutrasFontes, P22, PampaType, Parachute, Paragraph, ParaType, PeGGO Fonts, Pelavin Fonts, Philatype, Pintassilgo Prints, PlayType, Poole, Positype, Presence Typo, PrimeType, Process Type Foundry, Proportional Lime, Protimient, Prototype Fonts, Providence Type, PsyOps, Re-Type, Red Rooster, RMU, Rosetta, RuiAbreu, Scannerlicker, Schizotype, Scholtz, Scriptorium Fonts, SelfBuild, ShinnType, ShyFoundry, Sideshow, SignDNA, SMeltery, SoftMaker, SparkyType, Stawix, Stephen Rapp, StereoTypeHaus, Stereotypes, Stone Type, Storm Type, StuArt, Sudtipos, Sugargliderz, Suitcase Type Foundry, Suomi, T-26, T4, TeGeType, Terrestrial Design, Test Pilot, The Fontmaker, The Fontry, The Northern Block, The Type Fetish, Thinkdust, ThreeIslandsPress, Tipo, Tipografia Ramis, Tiponautas, Tipo Pepel, Tipo Type, Tiro Typeworks, Tkachev, TourDeForce, TrueBlue, Typadelic, Type-O-Tones, TypeArt, Typeco, Typedepot, Typedifferent, Typefolio, Type Innovations, Typejockeys, Typerepublic, Typesenses, TypeSETit, TypeSupply, Typetanic Fonts, TypeTogether, TypeTrust, Typo5, Typoart, Typocalypse, Typodermic, Typofonderie, Typonine, Typotheque, Urtd, URW++, V-design, Vanarchiv, VersusTwin, VetteLetters, Victory Type, Volcano, Wiescher Design, WoodenType Fonts, Wordshape, WritLarge, Wundes, Yellow Design, YouWorkForThem, YourOwnFont, Zang-O-Fonts, Zetafonts


Your comments are always welcome.
 

Harris Kisseoglou
Operations Manager

Price ChangeWe hope you are enjoying the benefits of Find my Font. Our vision has always been to offer a great product and services at the best price, and we're committed to delivering tangible value on a consistent basis.

We are writing to you to inform you about an upcoming price change. Before we give you the details, we'd like to give you some background and the rationale behind the price change.

Our pricing has remained constant since 2012. We have continued to make significant investments in server infrastructure, monitoring systems and resources to deliver the best experience to our customers.

We have been consistently adding a number of valuable features and ramping up sever performance and our support services. We had a busy release calendar in 2014, with a new release out already and another coming soon. We had a major font database upgrade and migrated to new more powerfull servers to provide exceptional font matching speeds.

We always put our customers first and that will be our motto forever.

We've done our best to deliver advanced capabilities to our customers at the current price. If we continue to operate at the existing price point, it will lead to a compromise in your experience. That is unacceptable to us!

Increasing the price will help us run full steam ahead and enhance customer experience. We have never gone the route of "cutting corners" and we are not about to start now. Therefore we have decided to bite the bullet and increase the price.

New Pricing details
Current Price: $39.00             until Nov 30, 2014
New price: $49.00 (Volume discounts available) starting Dec 1, 2014

We believe that Find my Font offers exceptional value and hope you'll continue to enjoy the benefits of our product and services at the new price. We really appreciate your business.

Welome to the Find my Font blog

Well, we finally got around to it.

We've wanted to do it for ages but somehow never managed to put fingers-to-keyboard until now....
So, drum-roll please... welcome to the Find my Font Blog.

Our intention is simple - to blog about pretty much anything we find interesting and helpful to our customers and type enthusiasts. Now, obviously it'll have tips and tricks for Find my Font users, we might share a review on a font we have loved (or hated) for years, an announcement for an event or a promotion we're about to offer, or it might just be a line to say we've added some new fonts to out Online Database.

We're hoping to get most of the Find my Fonts team involved - so you might see an article from our font expert, a Senior developer or our Operations Manager. Either way, we hope you enjoy the Blog and we'd love to hear your comments on it.

Latest News

Nov18

ver 3.3.13 Released

New: French Translation. Maintenant disponible en Français.

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Jan02

Our Dec. Winners

Congratulations to our Dec. drawing winners: Ricardo and Rueben.

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Sep28

Better Performance

Now Find my Font identifies twice as many fonts in half the time !

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