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FACIAL RECOGNITION

Just How Good Is MyFonts.com?

The answer: very, very good.

The web site myfonts.com has this cool feature where you can upload a type sample and it will in theory identify what the typeface is. Awesome when it works. We were skeptical: Would it work all the time, most of the time, or so infrequently to be a big old waste of time.

We are happy to admit that it works fantastically well in most instances.

We randomly selected 40 fonts from previous client projects we produced over the past ten years. Myfonts.com's WhatTheType system correctly identified nearly 70% of them. And when we omit the ones it readily admits it won't be able to identify — namely outline faces, type samples where individual letters touch each other and fonts whose letterforms are not contiguous — the tool was able to identify over 80% of the faces we threw at it.

The fact that the site lets you know up front when it probably won't work is a refreshing example of a site setting honest expectations in a web filled with hype. Highly recommended!

For a list of the "nailed it" vs. the "not so much," see below!

CORRECT! Acropolis Now
CORRECT! Adramalech


CORRECT! Antique Moderne CE


CORRECT! Architectura


CORRECT! Bauhaus Thin


CORRECT! Bodega Sans Medium


CORRECT! Bolster Bold


CORRECT! Bragadaccio


CORRECT! Bulmer


CORRECT! Candy Square


CORRECT! District


CORRECT! Eklektic


CORRECT! Dutch 801 Bold


CORRECT! Eyeglass Bold


CORRECT! Hansa


CORRECT! Italia Bold


CORRECT! Journal Text


CORRECT! Maraca


CORRECT! Modern No. 20


CORRECT! Modern No. 735


CORRECT! Orange


CORRECT! Roemisch Stehend


CORRECT! Scala Jewel - Crystal


CORRECT! Square 721


CORRECT! Square Slab 711


CORRECT! Tenko Ehrgeizig


CORRECT! Variex Regular


INCORRECT! Acknowledge


INCORRECT! Air Cut 101


INCORRECT! Bone Ribbon


INCORRECT! Brock


INCORRECT! Coliseo


INCORRECT! Console Bold


INCORRECT! Debevic


INCORRECT! Gallery Condensed


INCORRECT! Giacomo MD Black


INCORRECT! Hospital


INCORRECT! Pharmacy


INCORRECT! Quastic Kaps


INCORRECT! Wellrock Slab Bold


           


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