Graphic Design Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for Graphic Design professionals, students, and enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This is not a "what font is this" question, but rather a question about how to search for fonts.

I usually have an idea of what I want the font to convey, but have trouble finding a font corresponding to the feeling I want. Dafont's classification is really helpful, but I wondered if there was a place with something "more".

For example, let's say I want a font "sober", "light", or "young", or even a combination of these. Is there a place where fonts would be sorted like this?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

DAFONT's ratio of good-to-awful fonts is something like 1:100. It's not the place to go to browse typefaces most of the time.

Your best bet is likely

They represent a rather huge variety of type designers and vendors and have a fairy extensive tagging/classification system that makes it fairly easy to navigate around by style/theme/etc.

All that said, not sure 'sober' and 'young' would be terms often used to describe typefaces, so that still may be a bit of a challenge.

share|improve this answer
sober is obviously the opposite of italic, young is the opposite of bold and light is the opposite of regular. In some cases light may refer to the opposite of bold as well... or so I've heard... – Joonas Feb 3 '12 at 7:25
This is another Crushed Peony Boogers nomenclature issue. "Sober" to me would mean "subdued, elegant, and corporate": Bank Gothic, Bodoni, Adobe Garamond. You can have Bodoni italic and AGaramond italic. "Italic" doesn't mean "drunk and thereby falling over." Similarly, "young" is "fun, silly, playful" like Lemonade or Paisley or Fajita, any of which could be bold. – Lauren Ipsum Feb 3 '12 at 12:17
Yes, I was referring more to the feeling "subdued, elegant, and corporate" rather than "not italic", else... I would just have looked for "not italic" ;) – Cristol.GdM Feb 3 '12 at 16:48

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.