There are several online font resources that I have found to be helpful. Although I have a few font reference books, I find it is very time-consuming to hunt for an appropriate font using the books. Identifont helps you to identify a font using whatever characters you might have available. Adobe Font Finder is great if you want to “try out” a font for a particular design project.
With Identifont, you can enter a few characters to help you identify the font you are looking for. After entering the characters you have available, you answer a series of questions that helps narrow down the number of fonts. You can also view fonts by entering the name of the font or view fonts that are similar to the one you have selected. Identifont even has a page that lists fonts that are available for free download.
Adobe Font Finder is wonderful for “trying on” a font. Let’s say you are looking for a font for your company that rents out heavy equipment. You can go straight to THEME and select “Industrial.” You enter your company name and can instantly view it in 24 fonts that are classified as industrial. You can also select several categories at a time, such as “industrial” and “contemporary,” which narrows the choices even further.
So, take a break from Times New Roman and Arial and try on something new. Here’s hoping it’s a perfect fit.