Before the age of Webfonts, you used to have to use images if you wanted creative text on the web. Personally, I’m so glad those days are behind us. Now, Webfonts are everywhere. You can embed fonts using @fontface, or you can use Google Fonts. There are many methods to embedding fonts on your website, and the choice is yours as to which one to use. One of the best sources for Webfonts online for years has been Font Squirrel. Font Squirrel is the go to place for finding the latest Webfonts and other useful tools for using fonts on the web. If you haven’t heard about font squirrel, you should definitely check them out.
They have tons of fonts on their site in any style or category that you need. One of the best things about their site is that you can sort different fonts and filter out what you don’t need. For example, if you’re looking for a script font, you click the link titled script in the sidebar. It even tells you how many script fonts they have available before you even click the link. You’re looking for a retro font, you click that link and it will take you to every retro font they have on the site. Fonts are broken down via classifications and tags. You can’t get much easier than that.
Another reason why I like Font Squirrel is because of their Webfont generator. Before Webfonts were widely available, you could upload the file of your choice and Font Squirrel’s Webfont generator would package it up as a Webfont for you. This would include the different formats for different browsers such as Firefox, Safari, and chrome. Keep in mind when using this, you need to have permission to turn this font into a Webfont, otherwise I be infringing on copyright laws.
However, this is a must-have tool if you create your own fonts. You can upload your font to the Webfont generator, and instantly generate the Webfonts for your own custom font. This will make it easy for others to embed your font in their website, if you include this in the download package for your fonts.
Conclusion: Font Squirrel
If you haven’t heard of Font Squirrel, I would suggest that you go to their site immediately. If you want an easily searchable collection of Webfonts, their site is one of the best places to go. I’ve been using them for years, and I go there frequently do see what’s new in the world of Webfonts.
What do you think about Font Squirrel? Do you already use their site? Do you have another source that you use for finding great Webfonts? I would love to hear your opinion. Feel free to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below.