August 19th, 2015 by Jim Kidwell
You’re no girl scout. You aren’t designing bake sale fliers anymore. And even if you were, the font list in your favorite pro design software is an endless black pit of scrolling, turning a simple font selection task into a pull-your-hair-out, existential crisis sort of situation. Have you seen that thing lately? Go ahead, open it up and take a look. That list is a behemoth!
You could choose to get lazy and make a “James Cameron” decision (i.e. opt into an overly-trodden and dare I say disgusting font like Papyrus for your high-profile project and thus make every designer that presses ‘play’ nauseous). OR, you could check out the wide world of font management, tame your font game and take control of your workflow while improving your final products.
If you’re hearing church bells in your head, but are a Macintosh user, reroute over this way; if you use Windows, swerve this way to download the PDF booklet, or tread on for an abbreviated version in this post.
So, here are some highlights of our Windows Font Management Best Practices Guide. Increasing workflow and getting more organized with your typography starts here:
Review your font needs
Fonts are so ubiquitous in our computer life that you may not even realize that there are good ways and bad ways to work with them. Trust us, there are. While there are methods to manually manage a static or small font library, a dynamic designer in a dimensional workspace can quickly get stopped up and sidetracked by a dig through a lengthy font list.
First things first: review your font needs. (Mind you, I am skipping some technical steps in the name of brevity. For the total up-to-down overhaul of your relationship with your font menu, refer to the Windows Font Management Best Practices PDF).
Check out the goods
When you lay out your dependency on fonts in your workflow, it’s time to look at software. The main purpose of your font manager is to make fonts available when needed, and remove them from use when you are done with them.
Font management software helps you stay organized better than a back-to-school mom with a label gun in hand. From the ability to organize fonts according to what’s going on in your day to searching with an engine that filters using multiple criteria, it’s got you covered.
More, more, MORE!
You’re a font nerd. We get it. (Confession: so are we). We understand and revere quality, sure, but what we want is MORE! Before you start to drool over every cool new font you see, though, make sure to have a maintenance plan that includes what you’ll do with new fonts and how you’ll update old ones. More about this in our PDF guide.
Best practices coming out your ears
After you spend the time to get your fonts organized, clean up your collection and have a few cups of coffee to help you power through it, make sure you back up your system. We can’t stress this enough. Back it up. Do it. Nothing will feel better than the high-five you can give yourself if your computer crashes and you have a recent backup with all your work that you can use to recover. Download our PDF guide for more in-depth information on maintenance. And so we can tell you to back up your information a few more times.
This is a ton of information. And it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what is covered in our downloadable PDF. If you have questions, sound them off in the comments and we’ll get right back to you! Cheers and happy font managing