What is the name of this font?

You may well be familiar with one of these scenarios:

  • your boss asks you to reproduce a document or design that is now only available as a half torn piece of paper from 1998.
  • a client wants you to redesign their web site, but they don’t have their logo in digital font and instead hand you a business card with the words… “there’s the font for our logo”.
  • you’ve seen a graphic on a web site that has inspired you and you want use the same font.

In today’s digital word, designer or not,  you often find yourself trying to identify a font.  You just know you have seen it before but can’t remember the font name.

How to identify a font

So how do you identify a font? Well this post will give you some links that will help in your font identification problems.




Whatfontis.com is a fairly new site with a nice easy design and layout.


All you need to do is upload a photo/scan/image of the font you’re trying to identify.


Visit Whatfontis.com





what the font



WhatTheFont.com is probably the most popular tool that people use to identify font names.

Again it works by you uploading an image of the font.


Visit WhatTheFont


Flickr Typeface Identification

Flickr Typreface Identification

Flickr Typreface Identification


Flickr, best known as the photo sharing site has a group of users dedicated to identifying font names.  Take a photo of your font and some font guru will be along to suggest its name.

Visit Flickr Typreface Identification



Linotype Font Identifier

Linotype FontFinder

Linotype FontFinder


This font identification tool is slightly different.  Through a series of questions relating to the characterics of the font you’re trying to identify it determines the most likely font name.  At time of writing it uses a database of 3764 fonts.

Visit Linotype Font Identifier







Identifont asks you a series of questions about the typeface appearance to identify the font name.

Visit Identifont.com



Type Navigator

Type Navigator

TypeNavigator by Fontshop.com

Type Navigator is an online tool from FontShop.com.  It’s an interactive visual font search system.


Visit Type Navigator



Typophile – Type ID Board

Type ID Board

Type ID Board by Typophile.com


Type ID Board is a messageboard where you can upload an image of your font and the resident experts will help identify it for you.


Visit Type ID Board



Bowfin Printwork – Font-Spotter Service

Bowfin Printworks Font Spotter Service

Bowfin Printworks Font Spotter Service


At time of writing this free Font-Spotter service from Bowfin Printworks allows you to email or fax a sample of the font for identification.

Visit Font-Spotter Service



I hope you find these resources useful in your font hunting tasks.  Please let me know your thoughts on any of these services by leaving a comment.

Haydon Rouse

Haydon is a passionate marketer and business consultant. He genuinely wants to help you and your business succeed. Why? Because, when he achieves that, you will tell your customers and contacts about him. Haydon advises organisations on how to use the web to build relationships and deliver value. Haydon is the Canterbury Local Champion for StartUp Britain. You can contact him here or on Google+.

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