We published this article last year and it was hit. So, we thought we would publish this article again as a refresher. Enjoy!
Learn how to get free fonts via Google Fonts
As designers, we all love having a wide selection of tools to get the job done. My obsession, and probably yours as well, is fonts.
Whether you’re just starting out as a designer, or have been in the industry for years, tapping into a new source of fonts is desirable, and when that source of fonts is FREE, well, hey, it’s almost a requirement! And this is where our hero, Google Fonts steps through the door.
Originally conceived as a fast and easy way to use new and interesting fonts on the web, the fonts are all open-source and available for download and use on your desktop.
Want to download all of the Google Fonts quickly and automatically as they are added? Suitcase Fusion can do that. With the connection enabled, all of the current Google Fonts are always, automatically downloaded to your machine.
To enable the Google Fonts connection in Suitcase Fusion:
- Launch Suitcase Fusion
- Choose File > Enable Google Fonts
- A new Google Fonts library is added and the font collection is automatically synched to your machine. The fonts can be activated and deactivated like any other font.
- At any time, you can check for new Google Fonts. To do so choose File > Synchronize Fonts.
Want to know more about which typefaces are currently the “most loved” or “most hated” by experts in the design industry? Check out our Type Trends Survey Report. You’ll see what’s hot and what’s not in the world of typography.
Instant font collection? Why thank you Google.
We love Google Fonts. They provide a big collection of open source fonts available for any use.
We’ve built a dynamic connection from Suitcase Fusion 7 to Google Fonts. This connection automatically downloads all of the Google Fonts, and keeps them up to date as new ones are added. Pretty nifty, eh?
Want to make the connection yourself? It’s easy to do.
It’s that time of year (again; whoa, too fast!). We’re perfecting the kerning on 2015, adding tittles and cleaning up crossbars. As per usual, looking back has us reeling. All that was accomplished by our prolific and inspiring design community in 2015 is quite amazing.
To be enmeshed in a professional group that is continually changing and unafraid to tread into new territory is something that gets us out of bed each morning. This blog serves as an ode to font trends of 2015, and predictions from some of the best and most influential designers for where we’re headed in 2016.
If you’d like a thorough look at what was trending (and what was getting dissed) in 2015, take a peek at our Typographic Trends Survey. We’ll just touch on the highlights below.
If you are a font nerd like us, being able to easily access a wide range of font options from the application you are working in is bliss! If you’re a Google® Docs™ user, we are excited to unveil a new font panel just for you! And it’s free!
Available as an add-on, Extensis Fonts is a dynamic new panel allows you to browse, review and apply fonts directly in your Google documents.
With Extensis Fonts you can:
- Immediately access the entire Google Fonts collection of over 1200+ fonts
- Select any text and with one click apply a font
- Easily browse font options with large, easy-to-inspect font previews
- Search for fonts by popularity and trending status
- Browse fonts by style
Find out more at www.extensis.com/extensisfonts
Extensis Fonts is a continuation of our mission to empower creativity and the access to a breadth of typography options from the industry’s most popular applications. Other recent examples include the release Suitcase Attaché (font panel for Windows and PowerPoint), and the Fontspiration app for font inspiration on the go.
Check them out… and may the font be with you!
With a recent Bloomberg post on this topic, we just had to weigh in on our own picks.
The resume font post heard ‘round the world
Recently Bloomberg published a short list of what their interviewed experts deemed some of the best (and worst) choices for resume fonts. Great idea for a typography-related post, we have to admit—which is evident from the deluge of posts repurposing and referencing the piece.
March 18th, 2015 by Richard Turgeon
Dress up your docs with bold typography
For a long time, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint users were forced to choose from a menu of system fonts like Arial, Impact and—for the typographically challenged—the dreaded Comic Sans. No one in corporate America was safe from bland docs and presentations with type set in the same-old, same-old. Even if you installed your own fonts, scrolling down the font menu was still a pain. The tiny display type didn’t help, either.
It doesn’t have to have to be this way anymore.