9 Great Font Tools: Search, Explore, Create, and Download Fonts for Free

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Graphic Design, Web Design

Fonts are a big focus of the Web2.0 era—they are now bigger, cleaner and smoother, especially when it comes to logos.

So whether you’re a professional graphic designer, or an amateur web publisher this list of font tools might come in handy (eventually).

myFontbook

myFontbook is an online font viewer and manager based on the font available on your computer. It allows you to organize your font collection and gives you all the tools you need to do so. Once you open the demo, myFontbook will render all the fonts in your computer, and display them together in an easy to view mode. While all the files are actually open, it makes it easier to browse through them and see the fonts in several sizes. You can also make lists of fonts, tag & favorite the fonts that you like best. The font viewer renders your entire font library super fast. Just compare the rendering time to other font management tools. And there’s nothing to install—it works from your browser. If you want to save all your activities for later use, you’ll need to register. But don’t worry, it’s free.

BetterFonts

With BetterFonts, an online font database, you can quickly preview and download thousands of fonts. Navigate the massive collection by alphabetic order or browse the fonts by their categories. You can change the preview text of your desirable font and instantly download it for free. Although the site provides an impressive list of fonts, for the quality ones you’ll need to pay. But they have a deal of a 500-font package for $2.77. Please note that there’s no preview of the font list in advance—which might be a risky deal if you want something in particular (but then again, it’s cheap).

FFonts

FFonts has a huge font library and it allows you to navigate easily, and download any font for free. All the fonts on the site are listed on the left side menu for easy access, and clicking on a font gives you information plus a satisfying preview of the font. Overall, the site hosts more than 10,000 fonts!

FontStruct

If you don’t find anything you like, and are still looking for that special font to make an appearance, you are more than welcome to create it yourself with FontStruct. Sign into the service and with FontStruct’s font-building tool & editor, you’ll be able to create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks. Once you’re done building, FontStruct generates high-quality TrueType fonts, ready to use in any Mac or Windows application.

You can share your creations with the world or save it for yourself, but FontStruct actually encourages you to share your fonts with others, this is why they’ve created a gallery where people can share and discuss fonts, and download them for free. A quick look at the community taught me there is a lot of going on there—definitely worth the visit if fonts interest to you.

Fawnt

Fawnt is also one of the largest free fonts archives on the web today. With a pleasant design and an easy to use navigator, you are one step away from finding the perfect font. Browse the fonts by category or alphabetically, or use the search function. All the fonts have large and customizable previews, and character maps. Be aware though that while all of the fonts in Fawnt are free, they might have some restrictions. Some may be free for personal use, others for commercial. When you visit a font link make sure to browse the page for any fine print or usage terms.

Myfonts

With 62,000 fonts, Myfonts has the world’s largest font database. Not only can you search for fonts, explore everything in their gallery, and download the fonts to your computer, you can also find fonts based on a picture with their service WhatTheFont. Simply upload a file, or specify a URL, and myFonts will find the font used in the picture you uploaded (or at least, give you some close alternatives to this font). If you’re a designer, I’m sure you can see how important a service like this can be to the industry.

Fontcapture

A super cool idea is to actually create a font with your own handwriting, so you’ll be able to insert it wherever you need to place your signature on the web. Luckily, Fontcapture took the idea and made it possible, which means you can create your handwriting font right now if you want to, all you need is a printer and a scanner.

How it works: First, you need to download the font template, print it, fill it in with your own handwriting, scan it and upload it to the site. Then you’ll be able to preview and download the new font to your font library, located on your computer.

Abstract Fonts

Abstract Fonts is not very different than the other font directories suggested here but it has a very convenient interface. Abstract Fonts lets you type in text to view font examples, opens a unique menu for each font which summarizes the information you need to know about that font, see the character map, and display users’ comments. Abstract also gives you the ability to see similar fonts, which I think is an absolutely brilliant addition.

Typekit

Last but not least, here’s something to look for in the future:

Typekit, a new font editor will offer designers more control over fonts on the web.

Today, almost all Web fonts are protected by copyright, and very few of them allow for linking via CSS or redistribution on the web. Typekit has been working with foundries to develop a consistent web-only font linking license.

Typekit will give you access to their protected library of high-quality fonts. You’ll just need to add a line of JavaScript to your markup, tell Typekit what fonts you want to use, and then craft your pages the way you always have. Except now, you’ll be able to use real fonts.

There’s still not enough information about this new service but based on the above, Typekit might definitely change web design. Unfortunately, the site is in closed beta (invitation only) so designers make sure you sign up for an invite. Meanwhile, check out the full list of fonts already available at Typekit.


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RedesignGoogle: Revamp The World’s Most Popular Search Engine

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Search Engine News, Web Design, Web News

There’s no question about it: Google is great at search, and its huge lead over competitors is well deserved. But the site’s spartan design can sometimes leave something to be desired — sure, the company gradually makes tweaks to it, but we haven’t seen many radical changes in a very long time. Now WebMynd, a Y Combinator startup that launched back in early 2008, is looking to help spur the search giant to make itself a little better, or at least give it a few ideas to help. Tonight, WebMynd is launching a contest appropriately called RedesignGoogle.com that invites designers from around the world to give Google a makeover.

WebMynd has posted all the details details on its blog, but here’s the gist of it: designers are invited to revamp Google using any CSS modifications they’d like. The contest starts accepting submissions today, and will run through November 1. Then, a number of judges (which include Y Combinator’s Paul Graham, the WebMynd team and — full disclosure — myself) will pick the best designs. The winners will take home a brand new MacBook Air.

The nice thing about the contest is that it isn’t purely theoretical — you’ll actually be able to start using the new design in your browser, using a stripped down version of WebMynd’s browser plugin. The Plugin, which launched back in March, gives users the ability to customize their search experience and includes a number of other features, like a comprehensive browsing history (advanced features won’t be enabled by default on the streamlined contest plugin, but users will be able to turn them on).

Here is an early submission to the contest. You can see a full gallery here.


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Google Updates to Flash Indexing

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: SEO, Search Engine News, Web Design

Google has just updated the way Flash files are Indexed in their Search Engine.  External content sources will now also be indexed when used in SWF files.

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Flash Websites get more SEO-friendly

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News, Web Design

In the not-so-distant past, sites built using Adobe’s Flash technology were invisible to search engines. Both search engines and SEOs have continued to work on ways to make those pages show up better in search results. Last summer, Adobe lent a hand, by providing its Flash technology to Google and Yahoo to help them figure out how to better index sites and pages created with Flash.

This week, Adobe went a step further, launching a new SEO Technology Center for Flash to help developers and other content creators build Flash applications in more search-friendly ways. The site, part of the Adobe Developer Connection, explains current SEO challenges and provides practical steps, examples, and best practices to overcome them.

Although the search engines are currently working on improving their indexing of Flash content, Adobe advises that at this point, it’s still best to offer them an HTML representation of the content. They explain that this could be done via hidden DIV tags, which they admit is considered to be hidden text by some, and may get you banned by Google if you’re not showing the same content there as you are in the Flash file. They suggest using the NOSCRIPT tag, since Flash files are called via JavaScript, and the search engines don’t use JavaScript in their crawlers.

Adobe advises setting up separate HTML pages for each important topic area of your site, and deep-linking to the proper area of the SWF file from each of those pages. That’s a best practice for non-Flash SEO as well, since a page that focuses more on a given topic is likely to rank better for keywords around that topic, while a page with six or seven topics is not likely to rank well for any of them.

There’s lots more great content on the new SEO Technology Center for Flash, so if you’ve got a site that uses Flash, or are considering building one, you should definitely take the time to read as much as you can about it before moving forward.


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The New look Facebook

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Technology, Web News

Here’s a clean look at the upcoming Facebook homepage redesign that will go live next week. The new design will give users the ability to easily feed the news stream by friend type and network, and gives users a much easier way to post links, photos and videos. The news feed will also begin updating in real time without page refreshes. See more here. CEO Mark Zuckerberg also wrote a blog post summarizing the changes here.



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Is “Web 2.0″ dead???

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Graphic Design, Technology, Web News

I’m not going to discuss the economic meltdown and its devastating effect on technology companies and Internet startups in this post, but rather something that crossed my mind earlier this morning: “Web 2.0? seems to become more and more a void (and an avoided) term. Of course, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it is definitely apparent.

So why do I say it’s fading? For one, because the number of startups that contact us and include the term Web 2.0 in the subject line or message is visibly dropping (and that’s a good thing), and I hardly ever see it mentioned anymore on other technology blogs and news sites either. That’s not really tangible, so I took a look at the number of mentions of the phrase across the web, and they seem to be decreasing significantly, reflecting my feeling on this.

Judging by Google Trends, which shows how often a particular search term is entered relative to the total search volume across various regions of the world (and in various languages), the term started being used at the end of 2004 when Tim O’Reilly organized the first edition of the Web 2.0 Conference. Search queries for the term started picking up in the middle of 2005, when TechCrunch was started – with the tagline “Tracking Web 2.0? by the way – and the number kept increasing until the end of 2007. After that, the trend is clearly downwards, falling back to the level it reached in early 2006 today. If the trend continues, there should only be a handful of people left who scour search engines for “Web 2.0? by 2011.

Also noteworthy: take a look at the geographic regions that have generated the highest volumes of worldwide search traffic for the term over the years – it’s Asia, with the top 5 regions being India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia (in that order). Furthermore, Google Trends pegs the number one language in which people search for stuff related to the topic of Web 2.0 to be Russian before English.

And just in case you’re curious: “Web 3.0? doesn’t seem to picking up much.
Let’s all rejoice.

Google’s “Insights for Search”, a beta service that analyzes a portion of worldwide Google web searches from all Google domains to compute how many searches have been done for the terms you’ve entered – relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time – gives an even better overview:


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New Google ‘Conversion Room’ Blog

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, SEO, Search Engine News, Web Design

Google has launched a new blog that is dedicated to improving conversions. Dubbed the “Conversion Room,” the new blog is run by European Googlers. In addition to providing tips that are useful to a global audience, the Conversion Room will highlight events taking place in Europe.

So far, the blog offers tips on keywords and the most recent post talks about installing site search and tracking the results.


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Effective Web Page Design

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Graphic Design, Web Design

Your web site represents you. The website design serves as the virtual representation of your company, and its services. When doing online business, people cannot see you physically like they could if you were an offline company. Hence, your customers and clients will perceive you by your website design. Having an effective website design will give you a distinctive advantage. A business website design or a corporate web design goes way ahead of a novice like web design. It is just like having an offline company with your salespersons wearing corporate attire when dealing with clients.

Similarly through a robust custom website design, you send out a message to the customers that you have high concerns for quality and you mean business. This works simply because first impressions, of your website design, matter. On the other hand, if you have a lousy website design, you are literally telling your clients that you do lousy service and have no regard for quality. With a professional website design, your clients will be very happy and interested. They will regard you for your professionalism and love to work with you or ship off their work to you, by just seeing your website design. It is always best to hire services of an established and credible website design firm. They not only provide web design solutions but will also address your specific requirements through their expertise in web design consulting.

The best part is web design services have really come down in costs in the last few years. Incase you want to have a brief idea of basic website design before hiring a website design company, here are a few tips. No Splash Pages: Splash pages usually have a “welcome” or “click here to enter” accompanied by an appealing picture. Though it’s the first page of your website design, most clients will move away for a website that gives direct access.. Minimum Banner Ads: Many website design firms put up a lot of advertisements as part of the internet marketing campaign. However, such website design looks very unprofessional and it better be kept to the bare minimum. Let your visitors decide when to buy. You’ll only lose them by pushing sales. Simple and Intuitive Navigation: Having an easy and intuitive navigation for your website design will help your visitors stay in control.

Remember that visitors don’t have much patience to deal with complicated website design. Sitemap: Put a sitemap in your web design so that visitors know which part of the site they are browsing. By doing so, they will be able to browse relevant information or navigate to any section of the site easily. A confusing website design will only send your visitors away. Shun the Looping Audio: When your visitors stay a long time at your site, reading your content, they will be annoyed by any audio looping on your website. Make sure that your website design is engaging and you’ll have loyal customers pushing you to glory.

Article Source: Boosting Business through Professional Website Design – http://www.webdesignarticles.net

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What’s in a website? Do I need a Webdesigner?

Author: ronnen  //  Category: Online Marketing, Web Design

While you’d be hard pressed to find somebody in today’s digital age who doesn’t know what the terms ‘Web Design’ and ‘World Wide Web’ mean, the truth is that very few people have a thorough grasp of the extent to which web marketing can assist their business.

Your website provides a porthole into your business; it gives your prospective customer access to information about your products and services, as well as granting them insight into your company philosophy, history, and other important factors than can influence their buying decision.

Your website is a powerful selling tool that has the potential to reinforce your brand identity, inform and entice your customers, increase sales and nurture customer loyalty. Yet, to achieve these benefits, your website must comply with a few simple web design criteria: It must be visually appealing, easy to navigate and it contain relevant, succinct content.

Boasting a Web Design portfolio of several hundred successful websites, Quikclicks is Sydney’s leading web design agency. Make the most of the web marketing phenomenon contact us today.

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Increase your online credibility – and profit!

Author: Quikclicks  //  Category: Online Marketing, Web Design

The internet is increasingly becoming an essential medium for businesses to engage consumers and capture market share. But while virtually every business these days has a web presence, how many of them are actually getting positive results?

An effective website does more than provide information about the goods you’re selling or the service you’re providing: it speaks volumes about the professionalism, competence and credibility of your business. Let’s say, for example, that you visit a site that has attractive web design, engaging content and easy navigation. Your immediate response would be favourable, right? On the other hand, imagine that the site displayed sloppy, amateur web design and obscure content. What impression would you be left with about that particular business?

Creating a website which gets positive visitor responses is a fine art that requires broad expertise encompassing web design skills, understanding of consumer online behaviour, branding and communications.

Sydney web design agency, Quikclicks, can help your business achieve the online credibility that it rightly deserves and, above all, help you profit by capturing more of the market.

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