The web is a wonderful thing, brimming with resources and tutorials for people wanting to learn about the discipline and see some examples of beautiful and innovative typography to inspire. But, sometimes, too much choice can be confusing, so we’ve picked some top sites that will really help you get to grips with it. Check them out – and let us know if we’ve left out any of your favourite resources in the comments below..
01. We Love Typography
We Love Typography is type heaven. A brilliant, curated gallery of type-related content, the site is a collaboration between John Boardley (of I love Typography) and Kari Pätilä. With multiple pages of gorgeous typography, you’re sure to find inspiration here.
02. Incredible Types
Incredible Types is ‘a curated collection and showcase of outstanding typography and design from around the world’. Taken from 182 creatives from 36 different countries, Incredible Types features 166 pieces of type design to inspire you. The website has a stylish black and white design, each project coming to life in colour when selected.
The name of this site says it all really. Typeverything is a brilliant blog, which features type lettering in all shapes and sizes, colors and styles, by a handful of talented artists. The site is clean, organised and simple to use – simply scroll down to take in hundreds of inspirational images.
Typefaces are something of an obsession at Copenhagen design agency e-Types, so they set up online type foundry Playtype. At this stylish website you can buy fonts and read news, as well as find out details on the Playtype store, a shop where customers can buy digital fonts in a physical space.
Typedia is a brilliant resource for anyone who’s interested in Typography but doesn’t know where to start. The site is run by many leading designers who simply love type, including Jason Santa Maria, Dan Mall and Liz Danzico. Typedia describes itself ‘like a mix between IMDb and Wikipedia, just for type. Anyone can join, add and edit pages for typefaces or for the people behind the type.’
06. I Love Typography
I Love Typography was founded by British-born writer, publisher and graphic designer John Boardley. Now one the world’s most popular fonts and typography blogs, ILT has amassed its huge following from the wealth of brilliant tips, training advice, news and interviews it features on the subject of type.
07. Commercial Type
Commercial Type was set up by designers Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz. The duo have worked together since 2004 on various typeface projects, most notably the award-winning Guardian Egyptian. At Commercial Type you can view and purchase numerous font designs developed by Barnes and Schwartz, their staff and outside collaborators.
08. Friends of Type
Friends of Type is a type and lettering sketchblog run by Erik Marinovich, Aaron Carámbula, Jason Wong and Dennis Payongayong. These four designers continually upload original typographic design and lettering. There’s no messing about either, not a thumbnail in sight just pages full of huge, gorgeous images to inspire you.
Fonts.com has a dedicated learning section, which provides useful and relevant information about the typographic arts. Here you can learn everything from the foundations of type and practical uses to numbers, signs and symbols and the fundamentals of type technology.
10. Fonts In Use
Fonts In Use does exactly what it says on the tin, or website in this case, showcasing type at work in the real world. Many of the examples are also accompanied by a write-up to give you a true understand as to why that particular font was chosen for the job. This is a great resource for artists unsure about picking fonts for individual projects.
11. Typography Feed
Typography Feed is an image-led Tumblr gallery that serves up a beautiful examples of typography from around the web. The blog benefits from a clean design, a helpful tagging system, and above all a great selection of work.
12. Good typography
This blog is pretty self-explanatory. Created by Costa Rican Ricardo, Good Typography concentrates on well, good typography. It’s a neat little accumulation of type from around the web that’s a perfect solution to any inspirational woes. Sometimes, he’ll even comment on why he likes them – only if you’re lucky, though.
Typography is everywhere and like most creatives, we love to see it in all its glory. Typostrate is a blog about type and the endless array of things you can do with it. Showcasing the passion and power of typography, the blogs content and pictures are taken care of by Christian Goldemann.
14. NYC Type
Luke Connolly likes New York and what better way is there to express that love than by photographing its best typography? Whilst walking around the city, Luke takes out his Nikon D700 and clicks away at any lettering that takes his fancy.
He features all five boroughs of New York, which means that the blog features a colourful expansion of every kind of typography you could ever wish for. Ok, maybe not every kind but the whole of New York is a pretty good start!
15. Type worship
Former head of design at MSN EMEA and now the director of digital creative agency Thin Martian, you could say that James Clarke has a fair few strings to his bow.
As Tumblr blogs go, this is a cracker, and Type Worship showcases James’ love of all things typography (and he picks some really good ones) as well as reviews and interviews with typography designers. A perfect example of how typography should be done.