October 12, 2009

Typedia – Find the Newest Typefaces


Fonts can be really, really fun. They can also be really, really tedius. If you do a lot of typing, chances are you can tell at least five fonts from the way they look. But can you tell hundreds? Did you know there were thousands?

Typedia is the latest and greatest reference point for typefaces. As the name indicates, it acts as an encyclopedia as it doesn’t just list typefaces, but all the information it can find on said typefaces. There’s also a “Learn” section on the site which will teach you the anatomy of typefaces, original formats, classifications and more. You probably didn’t realize that there are popular typeface designers, as most people (myself included) take fonts for granted. No worries, though, as Typedia lists the most popular designers and all the typefaces they’ve created.

Gone are the days of sprucing up a typed document with Comic Sans because it’s the only typeface that isn’t completely professional. With Typedia you’ll find the perfect font for your flyer, whether it needs to be professional, fun, or a mix of both.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a unique presentation with typefaces colleagues have never seen before
  • Educate workers on new fonts as a tool for catching the attention of customers
  • Design typefaces? Sign up and add your own!

Insider Tips:

  • Have all new typefaces added go right into your RSS feed
  • Use advanced search if you know typefaces and need to search by something specific such as release year, country of origin and more

What we liked:

  • Typedia informs and teaches in simple terms so you can understand, even if you know nothing about typefaces
  • Lists classifications and examples on the front page with recognizable font names, so you can get an idea of exactly what you need

What we didn’t like:

  • Typedia doesn’t offer a download link for any of these fonts (many fonts require purchase through a 3rd party, but it would be nice to be able to download any free fonts)


Company Info:

  • Launched: May 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Founded by: Jason Santa Maria, Mark Simonson, Liz Danzico, Dan Mall, Mark Huot, Brian Warren, Ethan Marcotte, Stephen Coles, Ryan Masuga, Aaron Gustafson, Garrett Murray, and John Langdon
  • Web site:


  • Free to use

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