Mac OS Font Best Practices Guide

Extensis has posted a free 20-page guide on font management in OSX. Happily, it’s not just a lengthy ad for Suitcase Fusion. Of course they mention all the problems their products solve, but overall, there’s a strong signal-to-advernoise ratio. The guide has nice, clear explanations of which fonts are installed where with all your favorite apps (e.g. CS2, 3, and 4) And there’s plenty of gory detail on things like which fonts are required for Office to not explode in your face. This is good stuff. Kudos, Extensis.

Font Bits

A few font bits for your your lunchtimesuck:

Are you into fonts? I mean, are you really into fonts? Do you assign them personalities based on your experiences with them? Then check out Extensis’ amusingly creepy (or is it creepily amusing?) Typecaster videos that cast real people acting like fonts mixing in a singles bar.

I myself have an ongoing blood feud with Franklin Gothic. Back in the ’90s I would flee from the sight of Copperplate Gothic. Maybe I just have a problem with Gothics.

Know the name of a font, but not its look, or vice versa? Identifont will find it for you in a matter of seconds.

Lastly, I’m thinking of blowing $9 to have Fontifier make a font out of my handwriting. I don’t know what I’ll ever use it for, but it does fascinate me in a cyborgy kind of way.