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The scenario - Man I have so many fonts which one should I pick. Oh, oh this one looks good. Finalized project. A week later. Man I have so many fonts which one should I pick. Oh, oh damn should have used that one last week.
How do you guys keep track of them? I mean to say do you guys use tags like grunge, bubbly, happy, distorted??? etc or is there a way you organize them to keep them from going to the depths of mind to forgetfulness?
Or do you just remember them like the names and stats of baseball teams?
Always too many fonts.
I just organise them in folders by file type (OTF, TTF, T1), then alphabetically.
I organize them by Foundry.
Have thousands and have no problems remembering what is where. Only thing is that I don't care for like 25% of what I have and don't even care about viewing them in font explorer much less activate them to use them.
i keep font files in foundry folders, and load them into manager this way.
i can't be bothered to invest too much time organizing inside the manager. to much commitment to software. have done it before and lost countless hours when i switched between xplorer and suitcase.
i now just have a few "fav" sets (fav serifs, workhorse, identities) where i dump things as i use them. and a "permanent" set to quickly turn on/off my go-to fonts.
i organize them both by foundry and appearance. works for me.
i make text file for each job where i copy down every font used, outlines of the font (incase it gets lost/destroyed and need to change something simple like a date), pms colors, passwords and so on. then, if i cant remember the name of the font i used on a particular job- i just go back thru and find it. sounds like a lot of work, but on a few occasions it's been a lifesaver.
@horton - Thanks that helps tons.
Also, when you guys organize by foundry how do you remember each name of font that foundry makes? Or is that where the manager comes in?
I use FontExplorer X (From when it was free)
It was recommended by I think Morilla (no longer on QBN I guess)
and I love it, way better than any other font manager I was using whatever it was.
I organize them by styles, with folders like:
and also grouped by clients or projects, so if I'm doing work for (xx company) I have all the fonts on that group.
The less fonts the better, according to this guy:
and I agree
Miguex - Thanks. Maybe I should also take Massimo's advice, I think he might know what he's talking about.
"grunge, bubbly, happy, distorted" —Who are your clients, rave clubs from 1997? ;)
I agree with Massimo's philosophy to an extent. But he pretty much only uses Helvetica, Bodoni, and Century, which I find extremely limiting. I'd say stick with 10–15 typefaces. 3 or 5 isn't really reasonable and kinda paints one into a corner.
I use FontExplorer too, and it's great. I organize my fonts by style and/or historical niche: Antique Titling, Contemporary Sans, Fleischman, Garalde, Venetian, Grotesque, Geometric, Slab, etc.