Resource for Designers

A few days back I wrote an entry about some useful tools I found while reading one of the many graphic design blogs that I’m subscribed to through Bloglines. On it I mention a tool for helping you to pick a font to use in your work. Even though I’ve used the website on various occasions since I found it, I’ve noticed a problem. I have 100+ fonts installed on my PC, but the website only gives me 57 fonts for previewing. I would have to manually enter the names of the missing fonts so that the program remembers and displays them. Me being the lazy person that I am when it comes to manually inputting hundreds of font names, I went on a search of a similar tool that would read all my fonts.

Font Picker by Richard’s Projects

This tool works great. It reads all my fonts and gives me the opportunity to sample the exact text that I’m looking to use in my design.  The results are given in a long list with a scroll bar. You can also download the application with Adobe Air. Truly awesome.

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Free Tools to Increase Productivity

I came across a list of these cool tools while I was reading the Smash!ngapps blog. Here are the ones I found the most useful and would like to share with you. (You can checkout the rest of the list on their blog)

ViewLikeUs

Ever wonder what your website looks like in different resolutions? Don’t own multiple computers to check them all? I found this website very useful. I personally have one laptop and I don’t own an iPhone, so I can’t check what my website looks like on that tiny screen.

Flipping Typical

I spend a lot of time trying to match the perfect font to the design. This website allows me to see what the type looks like in different fonts (that are on my PC) at once. I love it! Sometimes it’s hard for me to judge from the ‘Sample’ that Photoshop provides and it’s time consumming to be changing fonts over and over. I will definitely use this site a lot.

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