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Designer Hack - For the font hoarder in all of us

If you are a designer or lover of fonts like us, you know how easy and tempting it is to download hundreds of fonts. We can spend hours on free font sites like dafont.com, 1001fonts.com, fontspace.com when we only allotted 30 minutes of font lust before digging into the design work.   3 enticing options become 30 "I Just Can't Choose!" and suddenly your downloads folder is filled with enormous amounts of typography.

Seeing the font with the actual content... the form and shape of each word and paragraph determine if the font will work for the project. Even though some clearly will not work, you want to come back to it... like a left behind puppy at the pet store (I will come back for you Lassie!). How do you remember those long lost puppys, hidden gems that didn't work that time... but could work soon?  I had to find a way to make this easy and seamless. My solution?

A FONT BOARD!

I created a font board. We have all seen them, on Pinterest... "Halloween Fonts" and a list of adorable fonts that any designer worth their salt would never use unless it was for a kids party. (That is NOT to say that I do not LOVE me a novelty font... there may or may not be "Perry Hotter" on my computer... I plead the 5th... even a dementor will not make me talk.)

Even as handy as this image was... my computer would slow down with the additional program running, resulting in expletives and grunts that no lady of proper birth should mutter. So, I pushed my idea further

MY DESKTOP BACKGROUND

I put that baby on my desktop as the background. Now all I have to do is minimize or go to a "hot corner" and I have a quick view of my favorite fonts. 

Now... my addiction is real. I absolutely have to make new font board every few months because of the sheer size of new font acquisitions and sometimes, old favorites tend to fall out of favor. 

The point is... find a simple, easy, clean, and seamless solution to help. And designers... make your own font board and see how it changes the flow of your font searches.