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Free Hand Drawn Fonts

I found a great design site with lots of freebies at fudgegraphics.com. In this case, it was a collection of hand drawn fonts with a nice pencil-sketch look to them. The fonts all come from a great font collection called DaFont. What sets this font site apart from the rest? Well its large collection of REALLY GOOD fonts! I haven't spent too much time there, but a lot of good fonts were found just from visiting the front page.

One of the great things I love about typography, and yet still almost hate about it at the same time, is the unlimited variety that can be found in designer type. There are practically an infinite number of fonts out there! It can make it hard to choose a specific font for a specific project.

A good software package for organizing your fonts is a must if you are doing a lot of design and don't want to get overwhelmed by the choices out there.

What font organizing program do you use? Leave it in the comments and in the future I'll write a post about some of the most popular.

Thanks to a recent post by David Airey re: user comments or I wouldn't have found this great site.

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Online Web Design Resources

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Good CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) Tutorial:
http://snook.ca/archives/html_and_css/six_keys_to_understanding_css_layouts/

Colour Tools for Graphic and Web Designers at AllGraphicDesign.com

Technical Colour Schemer because we can't get enough of colour scheme builders can we? (Really? I should just build one myself.)

20 Web Design Generators

Adam Kalsey's Button / Badge Generator

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