We're starting to get quite a number of "What's this font?" questions, and I'm curious, do we as a community think they should hold, or should we just get rid of them?
Discussion of typography definitely seems on-topic.
Being lazy and asking people to figure out a font name for them? Well, I guess it's still related. But there are very dedicated sites out there for that already (typophile and myfonts being the main ones).
I'd put it up there with "what's the keyboard shortcut for doing this in Photoshop?" Certainly a GD related question, but hardly a question that I'd consider high quality and generating a lot of interest.
I think these can be on-topic -- so long as
they can provide an actual screenshot of the font (important)
there aren't too many, to the point that they dominate the site
these questions are a soft on-ramp for onboarding new members of the community
Some related discussion at
I think they are on-topic, fonts are within the core of graphic design. Like the "How do I...?" questions, we just need to figure out the best yet still easy way to manage them.
At minimum, we just need to be sure to tag them properly when they come in so that people who want to ignore them are able to easily. Also, If no one has done it yet, we should put in the tag wiki for the font-related tags information on what makes a successful query along with a list of the websites people have been using to identify fonts.
I believe they lack usefullness for other users as the questions lack searchabillity. A similair case came up recently on a the movie-site. "what movie is this" kind of questions.
I believe they are totally on topic but only useful if they are not so easily found. I'm getting all my rep through font identification, it's a bit too easy :-)
Just a thought but could we request people to type the leads given by Whatthefont or Identifont before answering the question? It makes sure they did the work, saves us some time and if there are no leads well it's a tough question and might attract more expert attention.
I propose that we handle all future font identification requests like this:
We enjoy answering your design questions, we really do. However, we're no more capable than you are of finding the name of a font. Rather than being an intellectual question that we can answer for you, it's merely a chore.
However, in good faith, I've searched a (kinda close) match to your font for you: Vox Wide SemiBold from Canada Type Vox
It might not be the perfect match, but if you want a more precise match, you may need to do some manual searching.
As a final note, remember, as some good logos use private or modified fonts, it may not be possible to find an exact match, no matter what you do.