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How do you organize or pick your font?

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by Texas_Signmaker, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Member

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    I have a massive, A MASSIVE list of fonts and it causes me anxiety going through the list to find a few fonts to use for whatever I'm designing. Question is, how to you guys pick or organize your fonts? I have my "go to" fonts but I sometimes get stuck using the sames ones and if I venture out and go though my giant list I find some new ones or ones that I liked before and forgot about. I'd like to do away with most of them and keep a list of 20-30 that I like... but then again I need that long list for when I need to match a font. What do you guys do???
  2. AKwrapguy

    AKwrapguy Active Member

    Sep 6, 2014
    Anchorage, AK
    For me, the font is decided by the job. While I know it sounds a little tedious I have a basic idea of the look I'm going for, and I just open the font window or drop drop down and start browsing them. Since I already have an idea of what I'm looking for I can skim through them pretty fast. But I also only have about 3,000 fonts so it only takes 10-20 minutes.
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  3. equippaint

    equippaint Very Active Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    Dont be scared, pack them away in the recycle bin. 20-30 years ago when everyone started going to vinyl, you didnt have a billion fonts and it was fine. They were expensive and the old gerbers had a limited amount of space for them.
    Theres no good reason to pack rat fonts, you wont use them and theyre easy enough to find if you ever need one.
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  4. bob

    bob Major Contributor

    Nov 4, 2005
    Words to live by. How many minute variations of serif and sans serif type faces do you need? Most of the faces that most people have are butt ugly to begin with. You only need a few. Some nice specimen faces and a couple or three serif and sans serif faces.
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  5. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Member

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    Well equippant, I did it. I just spent the last hour going though my fonts and removed most of them. I'm down to a good mix of about 50 and I feel like a weight has been lifted. I had some of the STUPIDEST fonts on there! I removed them from Flexi and not my system so we'll see how this works!
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  6. timgo

    timgo Graphics Designer

    Aug 20, 2016
    Search Googole "font viewer"" to find all you need:
    font viewer - Google Search
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  7. Marlene

    Marlene Major Contributor

    Jun 8, 2004
    I use this when looking for the right font for a design as it lets me see the word/words in my fonts.
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  8. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Crystal Falls, MI
    Score one for Illustrator on Macintosh. Part of the OS is Font Book. You organize your fonts just like any other folder with sub folders. You can make categories, script, sarif, san sarif, display, I even have a category named Stupid Fonts which about 50% of the font ID requests I see in this forum would go into. So in Illustrator I just go to my font category and that family of fonts is all that displays. Then when the word you have is highlighted, the drop down menu of fonts changes the font to which ever one is highlighted in the list. I can hit the down arrow and the word changes to the font that is highlighted. I can go through a list very fast. I still have the entire font library ready to go. Illustrator does not do that on Windows. That said, I also need to streamline my font book. Like bob said, how many serif fonts do you need? I like Century, Bookman, Garamond, and Times. Most of the time the fonts have been pirated from the classic fonts, tweaked a letter here or there to claim it as a new font. I dare anyone to show me a layout with the main title in a sarif font where it looks sooooo much better with some off the wall font than one with one of the 4 standards I listed.
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  9. nickgreyink

    nickgreyink Member

    Oct 23, 2014
    Dalton, GA, USA
    We used to use Suitcase Fusion on our Windows computers to sort fonts. Had the network edition so we could share fonts. Seems to work a bit like how Sandman described the Macintosh Font Book. You could categorize fonts by folder and either permanently or temporarily activate fonts. They even had Illy plugins to activate a font automatically if a Illy file got open with a font.

    Don't have it anymore though. The price for the networking edition wasn't worth what we needed it for and the individual computer edition wasn't as handy between all of our computers and Illy started updating so fast the plugin couldn't keep up.
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  10. ikarasu

    ikarasu Very Active Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    Port Coquitlam, bc
    I now use Fontbase. It's still in development, but it's much, much better than suitcase fusion.

    The paid version has auto activation - And prices arent bad. $3 a month, 29 a year, or $180 for lifetime. Currently they allow you to use it on unlimited computers... Though they said they might limit it to 2-3 in the future. But even if they do, it's a fraction of the price of suitcase fusion.

    I keep every font added to fontbase, with a "Collection" of the most used fonts. That way when a custom sends a file with some weird, not often used font.. it'll auto turn it on in illustrator/photoshop, and I'm not spending 10 minutes trying to find the font the customer used, or e-mailing them for it everytime.

    You can also type in some text, and it'll display what each font looks like in that text... So it's good for someone like me that doesn't memorize what every font looks like!

    Best of all, it works for Mac, windows, and linux.

    https://fontba.se/ Is the website - It's one of the best font managers I've used, and everyone in the office switched from suitcase over to it because it was less laggy/buggy, and the price is right.
  11. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    Yea, I wish I had started organizing them back when....now it's a font safari
  12. IsItFasst

    IsItFasst Member

    Jan 16, 2008
    I use NexusFont program to quickly view them. You can also add make collections to organize them into styles you may be looking for.
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  13. neato

    neato Very Active Member

    May 16, 2003
    Henderson, IL
    +1 for NexusFont. Best free font software I've tried. I'm guilty of hoarding fonts, but in the end I only use a handful for most work. I do have a ton saved on another drive for customer supplied art and font matching. NexusFont makes sorting it all easy.
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  14. TimToad

    TimToad Very Active Member

    Jun 13, 2013
    Central Coast California
    Suitcase Fusion and Font Book.

    It's not so much the fonts we usually use that makes the pile grow, but all the ones that clients send with artwork and have to get activated just to convert their files to outlines or make changes to.
  15. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Member

    Oct 21, 2016
    Frisco, TX
    I like the replies. Thanks for the suggestions. I kept all the fonts on my PC and just hid them from my Flexi list so I can still use them but I won't have to go through them all when I'm picking a font. Ill give some of the other suggested programs on here a shot!
  16. Breezy85

    Breezy85 Member

    May 23, 2018
    I second this. It depends on the job, what the customer wants or what I'm visioning for their design. I actually like browsing fonts, it's kind of therapeutic for me and I can go through them pretty fast when I have an idea of what I'm looking for.
  17. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    To find a similar font to a tired & over used font, for example, brush script...
    I will use "Find My Font" and take a screenshot of brush script, it will then give
    me 25-100 somewhat similar fonts to pick from.
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  18. Andy D

    Andy D Very Active Member

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hattiesburg, MS
    off topic... anyone else here remember the days when you were lucky to have 5-6 fonts for your Gerber plotter and
    if you wanted to buy a cassette with one new font on it, it cost around $1000?
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  19. jsmoritz2000

    jsmoritz2000 Very Active Member

    This is the same thing I've done at times, also. Find my Font software is a great, economical investment.
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  20. JR's

    JR's Very Active Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    swansea Ma 02777
    and if you had 15 you were king.

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