I absolutely love a good font. I use fonts all the time when working on projects within programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Acrobat, and Pages. So I like to have a variety of beautiful, wispy, chunky, grungy, artsy, and other random typefaces available.
When I’m working and in the flow, nothing rips me from the moment quite like the sudden stop that comes from trying to remember which fonts were downloaded as a demo or only for personal use versus which ones included a license for commercial use. Etc.
I’ll admit it, my font organizational skills are far from noteworthy. I have too many installed on my computer, actually. Sometimes Photoshop or Word will actually hang up for a minute or so simply because my mouse hovered over the font chooser.
Though some programs give you a way to load particular organized sets of fonts… others do not (like Illustrator). What’s up with that?
What I’ve done to overcome this hurdle, first, was to do away with whichever fonts were either just demos or came with complicated fine print. Then, I used the built in font manager on my Mac (Font Book, which I keep available in my dock) to place all my paid or 100 percent free fonts together in one folder. This at least provides me with an easy to locate reference when I’m working.
Since I’ve done this, workflow is a lot easier to manage and I no longer get distracted mid run by lengthy searches to determine if I can legally use the lettering I like for a project.
Is this an issue you’ve had to find your way through as well? How do you keep it all straight? Let me know in the comments below.