From saving time to reducing busywork, errors, and stress, font management is how creative professionals deliver remarkable designs.
Fonts are a type of software that tells a printer or a program how to display a unique set of characters—numbers, symbols, alphabets, and punctuation marks.
The characters themselves are known as the typeface, whereas the font is the software that communicates which typeface a computer or a printer should display.
The average creative professional’s font library contains upwards of 4500 fonts. That’s why anyone who works regularly with fonts needs a system for organizing and managing them. Graphic designers, creative directors, and print and publishing professionals use font management software to:
Bottom line: font collections are difficult to manage manually. Using font management software saves time and reduces busywork, errors, and stress.
All macOS computers organize and locate fonts through the Font Book application. Font Book automatically organizes fonts into default collections, but users can create different collections and add fonts accordingly—including by setting up “Smart” collections Font Book automatically updates based upon specified criteria.
Windows 7 and 10 manage fonts in Control Panel, which automatically organizes fonts by families. Users can organize, preview, delete, and hide fonts. Additionally, Windows 10 and 11 have a fonts tool in Settings, where new fonts are added by dragging and dropping them.
A font manager is a software solution for using fonts effectively. Good font managers have the flexibility to meet the unique needs of each designer, team, or agency. Using a font management platform like Extensis Connect allows creatives to:
Many designers experience the dreaded “missing fonts” error message in creative applications. There are many reasons why a font may not display correctly:
Creative professionals deliver remarkable designs when they can manage fonts effectively, which gives them the freedom to focus on creativity instead of process. That’s why thousands of graphic designers, creative directors, and print and publishing professionals use Extensis Connect—a flexible font manager with intuitive search, pairing suggestions, and remote access for instant collaboration.