Buyer’s Guide: Will FF Chartwell work for me?

While FF Chartwell is a really cool font that you might want, it is also one of the most complex fonts we have available on FontShop — you may need to do a bit of research before and after licensing this font.

The #1 question you should ask yourself before buying and downloading FF Chartwell is: what program do I intend to use the font in?

If you’ll be using the font in design programs (such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop), you’re usually good to go. As long as the program can handle stylistic sets and contextual alternates, you’ll be able to use FF Chartwell. Of course, there are exceptions: most notably, color versions do not work when using QuarkXPress. Also, FF Chartwell Bars and FF Chartwell Bars Vertical are the only styles that are currently compatible with iWorks.

One of the best things you can do before getting your hands on this particular typeface is to read the FF Chartwell User Manual. FontFont has also dedicated a few pages on using FF Chartwell, including a video on How to Use FF Chartwell.

howtouseffchartwellOur type expert, David, also put together a series last year on using FF Chartwell, which you can find collected on our In Your Face: FF Chartwell Pinterest board.

One Comment

  1. Posted March 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    This calls attention to the apparent need for an easy to use infographic generating software. I would argue that experienced designers should be crafting infographics, but… I think reading between the lines of the fact that such a font exists (which is cool btw), one can gather that there’s a demand for facilitated creation of accurate and stylized infographics.

    Hopefully some day there will be a handy (and more powerful tool than PS, AI, etc) for pretty statistics! Maybe even FF Chartwell could be a core component of said tool, but the necessity of an instruction manual, an advisory blog post and such, it seems more like an interesting workaround than a font. I hope people support this font, but I hope the creators are starting to push the envelope a bit beyond the current incarnation.

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