Browsing the Collection
What is a Use?
What is a Staff Pick?
What is a Like?
At the moment, Likes are simply an easy way to keep track of the Uses you appreciate. Think of them like Flickr’s “Favorites”. Just click the Like button at the top of any Use page. Then see all your Likes via the "My Likes" link in the account menu at the top of the site.
We're working on enhancing the feature so you can make your Likes page public and get notified when someone Likes one of your contributions.
What does “via Flickr” mean?
These are images added to the site using Flickr’s machine tags. Concerned about attribution? We are too. For each image, the owner’s Flickr name and source page are always included. We’re also working on a way to tie Fonts In Use accounts to Flickr accounts so all contributions can be seen together under the same name.
I don’t like this! Bring back the old Fonts In Use!
Contributing to the Collection
How do I submit a Use?
First, log in or create an account. Then there are three ways to add a Use:
- Click “Add a Use” from the account menu in the top right corner of the site. A form lets you upload images from your computer and add typeface, category, description, source, and other info. Once you click “Submit for approval” the Use will go into our staff’s moderation queue and (usually) published within the next 48 hours. You can always edit your Use at any time — even after you submit it.
Use the bookmarklet to quickly and easily add Uses directly from nearly any website. Just drag the bookmarklet (found on the Welcome page) to your bookmarks toolbar and click on it whenever you see an image (or images) you want to contribute. The image(s) will be sent to the "Add a Use" form where you can add more detail.
Send images via Flickr. Simply add a “type:face=” machine tag to any image that has a Creative Commons license. Every few hours Fonts In Use will import all the new images with this tag and add them to our moderation queue for approval. This method works best if the Use can be represented with just one image.
What kind of work is allowed?
Any representation of design is welcome in the Collection, as long as type is clearly visible. Work that uses exclusively lettering (custom letters drawn or made specifically for a single use, as opposed to a typeface) will not be accepted.
Keep in mind, though, that all Uses are subject to our editorial staff’s review. Submissions that are considered spam, duplicates, pornographic, or otherwise inappropriate will not make it through the moderation process.
Typeface specimens generally do not qualify for the Collection, but we do publish some exceptional cases, especially those that show examples of the type “in use”.
What else is required?
All you need to submit a Use is an image and a title. A description or commentary is also welcome, but not required. You can also add categories, tags, and other meta data, but it’s all optional. Even if you don’t know the typeface you can leave that field blank and our experts (nerds) will identify the type for you.
While there is no image size requirement, we always prefer the largest image available. Don’t worry about resizing — images are automatically scaled to fit the site and we’ll make use of the larger images later.
Can I contribute work or images that aren’t mine?
Yes! Just give credit wherever possible. This includes the designer of the work, the photographer of the image, and the source (website/book/magazine) where you found the imagery. The submission form makes crediting easy, and the bookmarklet will automatically include the web source.