Introducing Webfonts

Update April 19, 2012 | With the gains in popularity of webfonts across the web, FontShop is glad to now offer webfonts from more foundries. Take a look at the updated Webfonts page for the latest and most popular fonts for the web.

Or if you see the above Type filter when browsing a foundry’s library, specify ‘Web’ to display only that foundry’s webfonts. See a list of the latest foundries to carry webfonts on our site, and note that the list is growing.

 

For nearly 15 years, web designers had two frustrating choices when it came to type on the web: use one of the few “web safe” fonts preinstalled on major operating systems, or substitute text with images and Flash/JavaScript® hacks. Not anymore. Recent developments in web standards (using the @font-face CSS declaration) and font formats make it possible to render HTML text in typefaces other than the same old default fonts. Today, FSI FontShop International is leading the charge to offer fonts designed specifically for web use. More than 30 of the most successful FontFont families are now available as Web FontFonts, including FF DIN, FF Meta, FF Dax, and FF Kievit.

This long-awaited step enables a more seamless and effective transition from print design to the web. An organization whose identity uses FF DIN, for example, can now deliver that experience on the web, using true HTML text.

Web Fonts Features

Dynamic

Any web developer will tell you that HTML text is far more flexible and easier to update than an image. Using Web FontFonts gives you type that is both customized and dynamic.

Web Fonts Features

Searchable

Search engines don’t like images nearly as much as text. Now all the branded typography on a page can be found and indexed. Text is also more accessible to users with disabilities.

Web Fonts Features

Editable

Because HTML text can be resized, copied, and edited by website visitors, you can create stylized interfaces, forms, and applications without relying on Flash or other hacks.

Why Webfonts?

  • They look great.
    Great care was taken to optimize Web FontFonts for display on nearly any screen, whether that screen is connected to a Mac or driven by Windows with ClearType switched on.
  • They are easy to buy.
    Buying a Web FontFont is as easy as licensing a conventional desktop font. There is no subscription to sign up for and you pay only for the font you need. Pricing is determined not by domain or bandwidth, but by the average monthly pageviews for all websites in the licensed organization.
  • They work on all modern browsers.
    Web FontFonts are delivered in WOFF and EOT Lite, the two formats supported by the most commonly used browsers: Internet Explorer®, Firefox®, Chrome®, and Safari®. With FontFont’s Web FontFonts, a free Typekit hosting option extends compatibility to older browsers, in addition to most mobile devices. Certain limitations apply to this Free Trial account, see Typekit Plans for details.
    *Note that though we now carry non-FontFont webfonts (see the update at the top of the post) Typekit hosting presently applies only to Web FontFonts. All other webfonts are licensed for self-hosting only.
  • No DRM.
    Because webfonts are essentially shared with everyone who visits a webpage that uses them, some font makers may want to use some sort of DRM to prevent unauthorized use. Not us. Web FontFonts come in formats that work only on websites (not in any desktop app), and do so without crippleware or user interruptions.
  • They speak more languages.
    The FontFont library has always offered top class language support, extending many of the most popular families to include character sets like Central European, Cyrillic, and Greek. Web FontFonts are no exception. The Pro versions contain the same language support as their desktop companions.

Download the Web FontFont User Guide (229K PDF).

14 Comments

  1. Thierry Ballmer
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    I have purchased the DIN Webfont (Bold and Regular) for a project.
    The project consist of two Websites on the same server but with a different
    URL. Do I have to purchase the font a second time for the second Website?

  2. Theresa
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    Are the two sites related to each other? Or are they for two separate companies?

  3. Thierry Ballmer
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM | Permalink

    The two sites are from the same company. One is for events the other one for conventions.

  4. Theresa
    Posted September 6, 2011 at 5:16 PM | Permalink

    If the company purchased a license to use FF Din Web on their site, then they are allowed to use the typeface within the terms of the EULA.

    According to the Web FontFont EULA, FontFont defines a “Website” as a connected group of related web pages which form an entity whose content is managed by licensee, and which are organized under a particular domain name, including sub-domains.

  5. Posted September 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

    If I buy a webfont, can I use the same files for any other designs, such as printed documents?

  6. Theresa
    Posted September 27, 2011 at 4:05 PM | Permalink

    @designLifer

    Unfortunately you can only use Web FontFonts for Web projects and not for printed materials.

  7. Louise
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 3:49 AM | Permalink

    How can I use a webfont as part of my brand ID and use it in all print projects too?

  8. Theresa
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    @Louise

    Web FontFonts have desktop counterparts so that you can be licensed for both web and desktop versions. Let us know which fonts you would like to license by sending an email to info at fontshop.com.

  9. Flemming
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:21 AM | Permalink

    Do I get font files for installing on my Mac when I buy a webfont? I will be needing them to make the Photoshop files that the developers use for coding the website.

  10. Meghan
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    Flemming – Web FontFonts include comp fonts. Read more here: http://blog.fontshop.com/2011/07/20/webfontweds0720/

  11. Felix
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 4:59 AM | Permalink

    Is it possible to buy a web font package for our agency?

    Our objective is to make sure that our designers only with fonts that will work in the web AND printed media.

    Will we then have to buy licenses for every web project we do as well?

  12. Theresa
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 11:58 AM | Permalink

    @Felix

    If the license you need is for your company to host the webfont on your site, then you would license the fonts for your agency. If the webfonts are for your client’s site, then your client will need to purchase the license for the fonts.

  13. Posted August 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM | Permalink

    Hi, does web fonts work with iOS & Android

  14. Theresa
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    @Kate

    WOFF is supported by various Browsers that can live on iOS or Android devices, but not all Browsers support WOFF. You can view the supported browsers on: http://caniuse.com/woff

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