Every designer needs to know a little about fonts. They’re the building blocks of content and they can make or break a readable web page.
With the Flipping Typical web app, you can compare all fonts installed on your machine to see which ones pair up the best. You can type any phrase into the top box and see immediate updates for all the different fonts. This can be used for planning logos, print work, or of course structuring a web page.
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It’s usually common to have a different font for page headers compared to the paragraphs and smaller bits of content. Choosing which fonts to use can become a struggle.
The unique part of this web app is how it checks the font library of your local computer to pull all available options. These are then rendered in the browser but they’ll only work for your computer because they’re already installed.
So keep in mind not all of these fonts will be web safe. If the font you like isn’t a default or hosted on Google Web Fonts then you may need to find a web-safe version.
To see all the fonts on your machine, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for a “Load more” link. This should only appear if you have 60 or more fonts. By default, the app loads a limited amount to save space and memory but when you click that link you should get a complete list of all fonts on your machine.
If you like a particular font you can click the name to change between bold & slim styles. Many fonts don’t have different styles so you’ll get the best browser-rendered version.
This site reminds me of CSS Font Stack except it’s more of a previewing web app. The Flipping Typical website is actually a great resource for all designers including print, branding, and logo designers.
The site is totally free and will be free forever so it’s a nice little tool to compare & contrast font options. If you have any thoughts on the app or just want to share your thanks you can reach the creator Stuart Robinson on his Twitter @sturob.
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