As a designer you build a collection of fonts to be prepared for every challenge you may encounter. Every graphic that involves text needs a font and the more fonts you know and the more for professional use you have in your toolbox, the easier it gets to master your objectives!
I’d like to share a few repositories with you, where I find great typefaces and where you can learn more about fonts.
Everybody knows dafont.com, but only very few fonts are available for commercial use and meet the desired quality.
- The League of Moveable Type is a small, but in future probably growing collection of various brilliant fonts, you should have!
- The smashing magazine from time to time publishes collections of high quality fonts, find them tagged with “typography” or use this direct link: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/typography/
- another really good font-site: fontsquirrel.com
- iPad and iPhone font list by Michael Critz
There are great sites where you really can further your knowledge about fonts or use them as a web compendium about the topic.
Different graphics about what parts the letters are build of are graphically executed by Morowolf on deviantART with his piece Typographic Anatomy. Another wallpaper with is more detailed can be found here by font.is.
Type.it for characters from foreign languages, without having all the keyboard layouts locally all the time.
Readability, a free readability tool for every website.
CSS3 @font-face generator by font squirrel (self-explaining title ;))