I'm looking for a font dictionary that will allow me to choose a font by conventional meaning and traditional usage.
What I'm thinking of should exist, since I think that font meaning is learned through pre-existing knowledge and context. Without this established history, fonts have no meaning to convey... because no meaning exists.
That being said, I'm looking for a journal, dictionary or database of fonts and established usage. but I haven't found a catalog of common fonts (and their siblings), in addition to relating to the context they have been used in.
Certain contexts may include
- Era (ancient, industrial, modern, etc)
- Culture (neutral, Eastern/China, Western/UK US, other heritage)
- Usage (religious, formal, informal, ...)
- Tone (firm, friendly, angry, playful (mature), playful (childish))
- Undefined (it's a new font and meaning hasn't yet been commonly accepted)
- Multiuse (can convey many different emotions, can imply lack of clarity of the writer, lack of caring, or ...)
Ideally it would include a weight and color/hue for this font.
The reason I'm interested in this is because I want to create an Instant Messenger and email addin that adds more meaning to written words for people who choose to not use emoticons as a way of communicating.
If this does not exist, I am open to creating such an application with anyone interested, for the benefit of all. (font wiki?)