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Selecting a typeface is the first step in many design projects. Suitcase Fusion 6 offers an array of options for previewing fonts, including ABC123, QuickComp for creating quick samples, and Web Views. Watch this brief video to see all the preview types in Suitcase Fusion.

Check out more demos of Suitcase Fusion 6 features by clicking here.

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A key part of a font manager’s job is ensuring you have the fonts you need when you need them, and also prevents corruption and font misuse. In this short video, we show how the auto-activation plug-ins for the most popular professional design applications—including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, InCopy as well as QuarkXPress—work in Suitcase Fusion 6.

Check out all of our Suitcase Fusion 6 videos here.

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Art and music are so intertwined that sometimes it’s hard to find the end of one and the beginning of the other. Music inspires creativity, and as it’s almost impossible to imagine peanut butter without jelly, so is it hard to hear Pink Floyd over the speakers without seeing visions of prisms and scrawled, splattered typography. We know that when we get into a groove, we find creative fuel and soul-soaring inspiration folded into the guitar riffs of our favorite tunes. Whatever arduous task, given a soundtrack, feels less like a chore and more like a boogie. We could go on and on and on, but the point is: we’re dedicating this month to our love of typographic design in the music world. And we’ve crafted a contest so that you can play along with us.

Audible Inspiration Contest

Do you have a favorite LP cover? Think The Ramones have the best band logo? Are you a next-level groupie? Prove it. Shout out to your favorite musicians and designers and enter to win a sweet prize all the while. We want to fill the internet with one big ode to musical design inspiration using our own #AudibleInspiration. Here’s how to enter to win a jazzy pair of Beats By Dre headphones:

  1. Find your favorite music-inspired typographic design and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, or create a piece yourself. Serious brownie points will be awarded to those who design their own entries—we love designed lyrics and redesigned band logos or album art! (Hint: check out our Fontspiration App).
  2. Tag us @extensis and #AudibleInspiration

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Take our “ID that Font” photo quiz at the end of this post and win some swag!

Pretty much every designer has seen a font they love on the web, a billboard, packaging, in a magazine…maybe even in a TV commercial. Maybe it’s an oldie but goodie, or a trendy new font that seems to be showing up just about everywhere. You want exactly that font to use in one of your projects.

The tough part is when you don’t know the font’s name.

We’ve all been there, right? That’s why I recently took an informal poll of some fellow designers on how they “find that font.” I asked them: Do you use a font-identifying website? Consult a “go-to” friend? Do you scour a print catalog hoping you find it? Maybe go about ID’ing through your knowledge of font anatomy?

What I found is that the “correct” is a combination of all of these options, with some interesting nuances in everyone’s unique specifics.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road, i.e. FontBook

Designer extraordinaire and Essentia Creative Creative Director and founder Shannon Stevens takes a stack-ranked “1-2-3″ approach. His first tack, he says, is to “reach out to design buddies” on Skype or IM. The second is to scour his personal collection of 3,121 fonts (!) on his Mac for a match. Lastly, he browses the FontBook app for iPhone and iPad by FontShop International—the undisputed mother of all printed font catalogs (remember those?)

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An overview of tools and techniques for finding your favorite fonts—along with some insights on how to choose the right fonts for your project.

Why Typography Matters

I’ve been fortunate enough to blog about typography for Extensis for the last several years. As a published author, avid reader and designer, I’ve always loved fonts and typography, but my research for this forum in particular has only deepened my respect and appreciation for the art and craft.

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Poster for Helvetica documentary; Movies can make great typographic inspiration

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