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Go-to typography tools for designers

Working with typography can be challenging if you don’t use the right tools. We’ve assembled our list of go-to typography tools for designers.

These tools are particularly helpful for picking new fonts, font-pairing, adjusting sizes and comparing one typeface to another. Each is easy to use with responsive and clean interface. 

01. Archetype

Archetype comes in handy when you’re looking for a tool that helps you find a compatible pair of fonts. You can pick two fonts, adjust them based on the similarity and contrast, define the sizes, and adjust the spacing—all straight in the browser.

 

02. Fonts in Use

Fonts in Use is an independent archive of typography, and the best thing about this web is that it classifies and indexes fonts based on typefaces, formats, and industries. Talking about convenience. 

The web provides a brief history of the font and where it’s currently used to make it easier

 

03. Type Scale

This site’s goal is to help designers and developers create hierarchy and improve readability by adjusting the best font-size for header and body text.

 

04. Fontface Ninja

Love the fonts in a particular website? Fontface Ninja is a browser extension that allows you to identify fonts easily by hovering the text. It also provides straightforward info about the size, color, and weight of the font.

 

 

05. Fontjoy

Living up to the name, Fontjoy is indeed fun to use. The goal is to make font pairing simple, so all you need to do to pair fonts is to Click (Generate) to create a new font pairing, (Lock) to lock fonts that you want to keep, and (Edit) to choose a font manually.

 

Bonus, because we love this one.

06. Kerntype

Kerntype is not exactly a tool; it’s a game to train your sense of kerning. The goal is to achieve pleasant and readable text by readjusting the space between letters. The closer you are the higher your score is. 

Do you have your own helpful tools when working with typography?

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