What Would Mark Do?
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              by Mark Bendickson.

Tools: Type Selector Cards

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   Type Selector Cards


Type Selector Cards

Type Selector  by Michael Worgotter

Publisher: Thames & Hudson (November 1, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0500241368

ISBN-13: 978-0500241363

I don''t know about you, but I cannot even begin to imagine how much time (unbillable time at that) I have spent searching through drop down menus and specimen sheets to find a good type face to use, or to find a match to something obscure.  I found this tool on sale at Amazon, and it has come in pretty handy.  It is a fan book, in size and function much like a Pantone selector, and contains 226 fonts from all the major type libraries in well over 1,000 typefaces.

The book is divided into sections for these categories:

  • Serif
  • Slab Serif
  • Sans Serif
  • Script
  • Black Letter
  • Display

Each font page contains;

  • the font name
  • sample text with notes of the different weights used (along with point size and leading)
  • a test word containing the font''s characters
  • an alphabet (with figures, if available)
  • the name of the font designer
  • the full name of the font and it''s source
  • all the weights in the font family
  • availability of small caps or old style figures
  • as well as ornaments, alternates, swash letters or other special sets.

It comes in a heavy box sleeve to keep it from flopping open in your briefcase or bag and the front few pages have an alphabetical listing of all the font families represented.

Let me know what you think of this, and if you find it useful in your practice.