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This Tool Lets You Search the Internet by Font

Before you read the first word of a webpage, you may have already made a judgment based on its font. A classic font like Helvetica conveys professionalism, whereas an article written in Papyrus or Comic Sans doesn't help boost its credibility. To get a closer look at how fonts are being used on the Internet, users can search FontReach for data on the top million websites. 

To use the tool, simply type the name of a font into the search bar and FontReach will generate data based on its popularity. For instance, Times Roman can be found on 95 of the top one million websites, and Times New Roman is featured in 37,963. Clicking on a font will show you the top websites that use it (Arial, the number one font, is used by Google, Facebook, and Twitter).

Instead of searching by individual fonts, you can also view their top fonts list for the ultimate ranking. Arial beats out the number two Verdana more than twice over with appearances on 616,190 of the top million sites. The list includes all of the usual suspects, as well as plenty of names you may not recognize, like Lobster, Slick, and Font Awesome.

FontReach was developed by Jesse Chase and Jason Chen. They got the idea while deciding on a new typeface for their website Digital Ocean; they wanted something that was versatile without being too overexposed. Because there wasn't a tool that allowed them to search hard data on web fonts, they went ahead and created their own.

Besides being a valuable tool for web designers, the site can also be used as a source of endless entertainment for the font nerds among us. 

[h/t: Fast Company]

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Treat Yourself to This 22-Karat Gold Unicorn Mug
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What's better than a unicorn mug? A unicorn mug with a horn made of gold.

This magical creation is accented in 22-karat gold, and it's so dazzling that it's been blowing up on Etsy: It recently got 88,000 likes on the retailer's Facebook page. Each ceramic vessel is thrown on the wheel and hand-painted. They hold 12 to 14 ounces and sell for $135 apiece.

Etsy shop ModernMud has plenty more unicorn gear. If you're enamored with the popular mug but want to spend a little less dough, consider the teacup version for $108. Want something to keep your rings on? Nab a unicorn stand or a mug with a horn on the inside. You can even get a unicorn to wear around your neck.

See pictures of the wares below. Still want more unicorns? Check out these mystical gifts for unicorn lovers.

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Graphic Design Series Shows Which Fonts Your Favorite Logos Use

Unless you’re a dedicated design geek, you probably can’t recognize the fonts used in the logos of some of the most recognizable companies in the world—even if you see them every day. Enter graphic designer Emanuele Abrate, whose latest project, Logofonts, illuminates the favorite fonts of the brands you see every day.

As we spotted on Adweek, Logofonts takes a logo—like, for instance, Spotify’s—and replaces the company’s name with the font in which it's written. Some fonts, like Spotify’s Gotham, might be familiar, while others you may never have heard of. Nike’s and Red Bull’s Futura is so commonplace in signage in logos that it’s the subject of an entire book called Never Use Futura. (Other companies that use it include Absolut Vodka and Domino’s Pizza, and many more.) But you most likely aren’t familiar with Twitter’s Pico or Netflix’s Bebas Neue.

Abrate is a managing partner at grafigata, an Italian blog and online academy focused on graphic design. In his work as a freelance designer, he focuses on logo design and brand identities, so it wasn’t hard for him to track down exactly which fonts each brand uses.

“When I see a logo, I wonder how it was conceived, how it was designed, what kind of character was used and why,” Abrate tells Mental Floss. The Logofonts project came from “trying to understand which fonts they use or which fonts have been modified (or redesigned) to get to the final result.”

The Nike logo reads 'Futura.'

The Twitter logo reads 'Pico.'

The Red Bull Logo reads 'Futura BQ.'

The Netflix logo reads 'Bebas Neue.'

You can check out the rest of the Logofonts project and Abrate’s other work on his Behance or Facebook pages, and on his Instagram.

[h/t Adweek]

All images courtesy Emanuele Abrate

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