Number of fonts in the world

Marc C's picture

HI all,

According to you how many fonts does exist ?

AzizMostafa's picture

1+2+3+4+5......................................995+996+997+998+999?
Mathematically Speaking with Flowers

Choz Cunningham's picture

I've heard others estimate between 150,000 and 200,000. Myfonts offers 52,000 today, AF has another 10,000, so I suspect that those are very conservative estimates. I'd say at least an order of magnitude shy, to make up a number with no scientific backing.

satya's picture

lots of :)

dezcom's picture

256 factorial

ChrisL

blank's picture

How many will fit on the head of a pin?

dezcom's picture

Yves has an article in the current Indiefonts3 addressing how many fonts the world needs. It is a fun read and I agree with him--ofcourse I am biased though :-)

ChrisL

Marc C's picture

Thanks guy's,

Hi hears often my fonts or emigre but never read something (here) about Fonts fonts ?

Stephen Coles's picture

Fonts Fonts = FontFonts?

Are you asking how many typefaces exist or how many fonts exist? I hesitate to get into a longwinded discussion here about nomenclature (again!) but for the sake of your question:

  • A typeface is a specific design of an alphabet. It usually refers to an entire typeface family, such as Palatino or Helvetica.
  • A font refers to the actual files which enable the typeface to be set or to an individual weight, width, or style of the typeface.

The number of digital typefaces in existence is difficult to estimate, but it's probably less than 50,000. The number of digital fonts is certainly greater than 100,000. (FontShop's database alone contains more than a hundred grand).

Then, of course, you'd also have to specify whether you wish to count all typefaces or digital typefaces only. At this point you'll start to realize it's really too difficult a thing to count.

brett jordan's picture

The exact number is, of course, irrelevant.

The sobering thought is that most typographers own thousands of typefaces, and use only a fraction of them the majority of the time.

The important thing to remember is that, like wine, while you probably only NEED a few varieties, there will always be new and vibrant examples created.

Nick Shinn's picture

Satya, my lawyers will be contacting you :-)

You got the size right, though.

Marc C's picture

* A typeface is a specific design of an alphabet. It usually refers to an entire typeface family, such as Palatino or Helvetica.
* A font refers to the actual files which enable the typeface to be set or to an individual weight, width, or style of the typeface.

Stephen you should told me that last week, I know I was incorrect in english, but I made a search about that (last week), but I appreciated !

Yes I was talking about Fontfont's

satya's picture

Satya, my lawyers will be contacting you :-)
You got the size right, though.,

Nick, this new icon really suits me a lot, actually more than you.:)
Now you may start creating yet another one or can use mine as well :)

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