A free online book (although you should donate if you find it useful) that covers the fundamentals of web typography.
A summary of Robert Bringhurst’s typography-bible The Elements of Typographic Style and how it applies to the web.
A complete curriculum on the typographic arts structured as a workbook.
A Wikipedia article about the origins of Western typography. Highly recommended reading for all designers.
An in-depth, free e-book that covers the fundamentals of typography.
A nice overview of everyday typographic challenges.
A Smashing Magazine article about the do’s and don’ts of mixing typefaces.
A glossary of common typography terminology.
The encyclopedia of typefaces.
A complete history of typography in a 5 minute paper-letter animation.
A joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, who have worked together since 2004. They publish their own fonts as well as fonts designed by an international team of collaborators. See Publico and Atlas Grotesk.
Belgium-based type foundry established in 2002 by Fred Smeijers. See Arnhem.
New York-based type foundry established by Richard Kegler and Carima El-Behairy. See P22 Underground.
Los Angeles-based design studio and type foundry of Silas Dilworth. See Heroic Condensed.
An international organization created to support excellence in typography.
Association Typographique Internationale is an international organization dedicated to typography.
An international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to typography and its admirers.
The largest collection of fonts on the web. Buy web fonts and host them yourself with their self-hosted kit — own your fonts instead of renting.
Another huge selection of fonts. Has fonts that MyFonts doesn’t have like Arnhem.
Web and desktop fonts in a single subscription. Plans start at $5/month.
Doesn’t have the largest selection but has very friendly licensing terms for both desktop and web.
Adobe’s web font hosting service. Free with Creative Cloud, otherwise plans start at $24.99/year. Nice selection of fonts but sadly lacks fonts from the Monotype Imaging library like Avenir and Akzidenz Grotesk.
Hoefler & Co.’s (formerly H&FJ) web font hosting service. Starts at $99/year so it’s a bit more expensive than other services. Their ScreenSmart fonts render beautifully on screen, so the higher price may be worth it.
A review of new typefaces and commentary on typographic design.
A blog about all things typography related that’s been around since 2007.
The blog of 8 Faces magazine curated by Jamie Clarke and Elliot Jay Stocks.
FontShop’s blog featuring font recommendations, typography techniques and inspiration.
A forum for professionals that requires people to use their real names. Full of thoughtful and meaningful discussions.
The web’s longest running typographic community.
Typography inspiration for the modern web.
An archive of fonts in use in the real world.
A blog focusing on classic design work from the 1950s-1970s as well as contempory designers inspired by that time period.
Packaging design inspiration.
A curated collection of nice typography featuring mostly print work.
Hand lettering inspiration.
Another excellent inspiration site featuring mostly hand lettering.
Sadly this is no longer updated but it contains a huge archive of 1300+ book covers making it an indispensable resource.
Upload an image and it magically tells you the name of the font — works surprisingly well.
Font Squirrel’s new font identification tool – features a slick and smooth interface, however, the font library it pulls from is somewhat limited.
Typophile’s extremely active font ID forum — usually you can get a response within a matter of hours.
Install this bookmarklet to identify and save samples of web fonts.
Easily identify any web font using this bookmarklet.
Identify a font by answering a series of questions.
Typewolf’s own comprehensive guide to using proper typographic characters, including correct grammatical usage.
Find out which browsers support the latest typographic features.
Practice your kerning and see how you compare to experts.
A typographic dating game that helps you pick perfect font combinations.
Displays preview text using all the fonts installed on your system.
Another nice tool for previewing all the fonts on your system.
If you read only one book about typography, read this one.
Jason Santa Maria’s book about how to apply classical typography principles to the web.
Stephen Coles’ book will make you better at identifying typefaces.
Ellen Lupton’s excellent intro to typography.
Erik Spiekermann’s classic book on typography — recently updated with new info on web typography.
First released in 1971, this is considered the industry standard typography book. There is also a nice online companion to the book.
By Jeremiah Shoaf • @typewolf