14 Best Online Typography Tools for Web Designers

By / Sep 28, 2009 / Tools

Since typography is one of the most challenging and important aspects of web design, it’s important to have useful tools that can make things easier. Here’s a list of tools that will be a big help in making your typography beautiful, and you won’t even have to leave your browser.

CSS Type Set

Typography Tools

CSS Type Set allows you to visually and interactively style text and it generates the CSS.


Typography Tools

The Typetester is an online application for comparison of the fonts for the screen. Its primary role is to make web designer’s life easier. As the new fonts are bundled into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated.


Typography Tools

Typechart lets you flip through, preview and compare web typography and then grab the CSS.


Typography Tools

WhatTheFont allows you to scan in or provide the URL of a font and it will tell you what it is.


Typography Tools

FontStruct lets you quickly and easily create fonts constructed out of geometrical shapes, which are arranged in a grid pattern, like tiles or bricks.

Baseline Rhythm Calculator

Typography Tools

Baseline Rhythm Calculator generates CSS from a base font size and line height entered by the user.


Typography Tools

PXtoEM is a calculator that does conversions of pixels, em’s, points, and percentages.

Font Burner

Typography Tools

Font Burner gives you a simple block of code to put in your webpages so you can transform your headlines from boring system fonts to any of the quality fonts in their archives.


Typography Tools

TypeNavigator is the world’s first interactive visual font search system.

Font Tester

Typography Tools

Font Tester is a free online font comparison tool. It allows you to easily preview and compare different fonts side by side with various CSS font styles applied to them.

Flipping Typical

Typography Tools

Flipping Typical allows you to enter text and then preview it in many different fonts at one time.


Typography Tools

Identifont lets you identify a typeface from a sample by answering a series of questions about key characteristics.

STC FontBrowser

Typography Tools

STC FontBrowser lets you preview all of the fonts active on your computer.

Convert TrueType Font to Sifr Flash File

Typography Tools

The name of this one is self explanatory, plus it emails the Sifr file to you.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

  • http://designect.com Designect.Com

    Very nice!!! Thank you!!!

  • danny

    no Cufón or Kernest??

  • http://www.paulolyslager.com Paul Olyslager

    I really love whatthefont but doesn’t always come up with the right result. And thank you Danny, for the two other ones.

  • http://www.96robots.com Sean Hurley

    Great post! Some new sites I haven’t seen before.

  • http://foonannies.com Jeremy Pass

    Great stuff man!

  • http://www.1001fonts.com/ 1001fonts.com

    The TypeNavigator services are not available in Germany :( Anyone know of an anonymous proxy that lets one use this site within Germany?

  • http://www.typegoodness.com typegoodness

    typetester is for sure the most useful one. you forgot to mention http://www.webtypography.net/ which is a great resource for more detailed web typography.

  • http://www.thecomplexmedia.com/ theComplex

    Wow… I can’t wait to test these out. Thanks so much!

  • http://www.bradmccall.com Brad McCall

    Great list of resources. I’ve used a couple of these, but others I hadn’t run across. Timely too, as I’m working on a new version of my portfolio website. Thanks!

  • http://www.quickenwebsites.com Quicken Websites

    “What the font” definitely goes onto my favorite apps list. Thanks!

  • http://www.bendesign.eu Bendesign

    Great Collection. Thank you.

  • http://www.falaris.de Grafiker

    Nice Sites. “What the font” is my favourite

  • http://www.w2point.com Web 2.0

    Great tools, thanks…

  • http://squareart.co.za/lab squareart

    bookmarking right now, I use a few already, but some nice additions

  • http://www.cypherbox.net cypherbox

    Awesome cool. Thanks for the share!

  • http://alabuzz.org alaJoAnn

    Even an amateur like myself can use these tools. They all are free – I’ll add them to my list of free online resources. Thanks!

    WhatTheFont! reminds me of I+Like+Your+Colors. Same idea, only with website color codes.

  • http://www.chotrul.com/ Mark Carter

    Baseline Rhythm Calculator is really useful, and hadn’t encountered it before … many thanks for the resource link

  • http://www.xaby.com Web Design Singapore

    what more can i say?

    yet another cool post by webdesignledger!

  • http://www.pigartgraphics.com Thomas Knoble

    These resources are terrific. I particularly like the application for finding a typeface that’s in your imagination and now you have a tool for going out to find it on the web.

    Thanks so much.

  • http://www.koblenz-webdesign.de Webdesign Koblenz

    Thanks, Awesome tools we will use next time. Font Tester rocks!

  • http://bjoern-d.de Bjoern


    nice list. But “Convert TrueType Font to Sifr Flash File” is 404 😉


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  • http://www.mlmblog.net Dan Mitchell

    Great stuff! Chicken Dinner!

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  • Ruben

    TypeDNA offer a lot of cool font tools. http://www.typedna.com they have font recognition, font manager and the coolest plugins for Adobe CS!

  • http://www.livereceptions.net mysuperwoofer

    thanks for these 14 online typography tools, I think it will very useful for online editing.

  • http://www.highflightdesign.com Chris Brown

    I think that good online typography will be the next big thing in the next five years. It will massively change the look of the internet forever.

  • http://www.designirvana.com Design Nirvana

    Very useful st of tools… Thanks for this wonderful roundup.