Fonts in Use: Enter a Giant Archive of Typography, Featuring 12,618 Typefaces

Type selec­tion is an inten­sive process that requires inti­mate knowl­edge of a brand’s val­ues, audi­ence, com­pe­ti­tion, voice, and goals.

Fonts in Use, FAQ

Fonts in Use is a typog­ra­phy nerd’s dream come true.

The 10-year-old inde­pen­dent archive of typog­ra­phy has col­lect­ed over 17,000 designs, each using at least one of over 12,000 type­face fam­i­lies from more than 3,500 type com­pa­nies. Each font is con­tex­tu­al­ized with images depict­ing them in the wild, on every­thing from wine labels and store­fronts to book cov­ers, record albums, movie posters and of course, adver­tis­ing of all shapes and sizes.

Fonts can cre­ate unlike­ly bed­fel­lows.

The Ramones’ icon­ic seal achieved its pres­i­den­tial look thanks to ITC Tiffany.

Oth­er mem­o­rable appear­ances include the first edi­tion cov­er of Ita­lo Calvino’s exper­i­men­tal nov­el If On a Winter’s Night a Trav­el­er and the titles for Ham­mer Film’s 1980 anthol­o­gy TV series, Ham­mer House of Hor­ror.

Fonts in Use’s man­ag­ing edi­tor, Flo­ri­an Hard­wig, describes ITC Tiffany as “Ed Ben­guiat’s 1974 revis­i­ta­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of 19th-cen­tu­ry faces like West Old Style or Old Style Title,” not­ing such “Vic­to­ri­an details” as “large angled ser­ifs and sharply ter­mi­nat­ed diag­o­nals.”

The prin­ci­pal cast of Law & Order under­went sev­er­al changes over the show’s 20-year run, but Friz Quadra­ta remained a con­stant, sup­ply­ing titles and such nec­es­sary details as loca­tion, time, and date.

Friz Quadra­ta should be equal­ly famil­iar to Dun­geons & Drag­ons play­ers of a cer­tain age and fans of Gar­den Wafers, the pack­aged cook­ies from Hong Kong that are a sta­ple of state­side Asian mar­kets.

Artist Bar­bara Kruger’s dis­tinc­tive text-based work places overt com­men­tary in white ital­i­cized Futu­ra on red bands on top of black and white images.

Futu­ra was also the face of a tourist map to Berlin dur­ing the 1936 sum­mer Olympics and author David Rees’ tongue-in-cheek guide How to Sharp­en Pen­cils: A Prac­ti­cal & The­o­ret­i­cal Trea­tise on the Arti­sanal Craft of Pen­cil Sharp­en­ing for Writ­ers, Artists, Con­trac­tors, Flange Turn­ers, Angle­smiths, & Civ­il Ser­vants.

Com­ic Sans may not get much love out in the real world, but it’s well rep­re­sent­ed in the archive’s user sub­mis­sions.

You’ll find grow­ing num­bers of fonts in Cyril­lic, as well as fonts famil­iar to read­ers of Chi­neseJapan­eseKore­anAra­bicGreek and Hebrew

New­bie Net­flix Sans keeps com­pa­ny with 19th-cen­tu­ry sans Bureau Grot, a favorite of Vice Pres­i­dent-Elect Kamala Har­ris

Fat AlbertTin­toret­toBen­guiat CaslonScor­pio, Hoopla and Saphir are your tick­et back to a far groovi­er peri­od in the his­to­ry of graph­ic art.

Spend an hour or two rum­mag­ing through the col­lec­tion and we guar­an­tee you’ll feel an urgent need to upload typo­graph­ic exam­ples pulled from your shelves and cab­i­nets.

Fonts in Use wel­comes such sub­mis­sions, as long as type is clear­ly vis­i­ble in your uploaded image and isor wasin use (as opposed to an exam­ple of let­ter­ing for lettering’s sake). They will also con­sid­er cus­tom type­faces which are his­tor­i­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant or oth­er­wise out­stand­ing, and those that are avail­able to the gen­er­al pub­lic. Please include a short descrip­tion in your com­men­tary, and when­ev­er pos­si­ble, cred­it any design­ers, pho­tog­ra­phers, or sources of your image.

Typog­ra­phy nerds are stand­ing by to help.

Begin your explo­rations of Fonts in Use here. If you’re feel­ing over­whelmed, the Staff Picks are a great place to start.

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Ayun Hal­l­i­day is an author, illus­tra­tor, the­ater mak­er and Chief Pri­ma­tol­o­gist of the East Vil­lage Inky zine. She most recent­ly appeared as a French Cana­di­an bear who trav­els to New York City in search of food and mean­ing in Greg Kotis’ short film, L’Ourse.  Fol­low her @AyunHalliday.

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  • anjilalova says:

    How can I know what font is used in Microsoft Excel?

    Excel change default font

    Click the File tab. Under Excel, click Options. In the Gen­er­al cat­e­go­ry, under When cre­at­ing new work­books, do the fol­low­ing: In the Use this font box, click the font that you want to use.

    Fonts Bee

  • miademon says:

    How do I acti­vate fonts in Adobe XD?

    To acti­vate a par­tic­u­lar font, click on the card or the “View Fam­i­ly” but­ton to open the Fam­i­ly Detail view. Fonts can then be acti­vat­ed indi­vid­u­al­ly with the tog­gle on each card, or as a fam­i­ly by using the Acti­vate Fonts but­ton in the top right.

    Ezzee Fonts

  • lucyjames5435 says:

    In Microsoft Word, how is font size mea­sured?


    A font is often mea­sured in pt (points). Points dic­tate the height of the let­ter­ing. There are approx­i­mate­ly 72 (72.272) points in one inch or 2.54 cm. For exam­ple, the font size 72 would be about one inch tall, and 36 would be about a half of an inch.

    Fonts Mon­ster

  • louis howay says:

    Can I use Google fonts in Microsoft Word?

    Google has a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of free open-source fonts avail­able and, if you know the mag­ic spell, they can be used in Microsoft Office, Win­dows or Mac. Google Fonts are intend­ed for use with web sites.

    Font Son­ic

  • Anchor Fonts says:

    How can I set the default paper size in Google Docs?

    Change page set­up of a Google Doc

    On your com­put­er, open a doc­u­ment in Google Docs.
    In the tool­bar, click File. Page set­up.
    At the top of the dia­log win­dow, select Pages.
    Go to the set­ting you want to change: Ori­en­ta­tion. …
    Make your changes.
    Click OK.

    Anchor Fonts

  • miademon says:

    Why is choos­ing the right font size impor­tant for typog­ra­phy?

    In typog­ra­phy, size refers to the height of a sin­gle char­ac­ter, mea­sured in points (pt). Choos­ing the right font size is fun­da­men­tal to increas­ing read­abil­i­ty, as too small a font size makes your copy hard to read.

    Ezzee Fonts

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