Author Archives: Meghan Arnold

Communications Manager at FontShop SF

Introducing Tryout on Next.FontShop.com

reposted from The NextFontShop Team

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Just in time for the TYPO Berlin 2014 conference, we’re releasing a first version of our upcoming Tryout feature on next.fontshop.com.

At the moment, it’s a disarmingly simple-looking beta that works only with webfonts*, but the initial preview version already takes you well beyond the scope of traditional live font-rendering.

What’s the Difference?

Though it looks like a blank page at first glance, the initial Tryout feature is in fact a powerful design tool. It’s a functioning layout template where you can create, delete, change and combine your rendered font samples freely. With its useful range of tools, you can play with the rendered font samples, changing their point sizes, line spacing and text alignment, and you can also change the colors of the text and background. You can design anything you want, using any webfonts of your choice. And every designer knows that a blank page is not just an empty space, but a wide open universe, full of unlimited potential. To start creating your own rendered layouts, just select the family of your choice, then click on the “Tryout” button.

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Sharing is Collaboration

Naturally, you can “share” your designs with as many people as you like. But here’s a refreshing new twist: in our Tryout feature, “sharing” also means “collaborating”. Once you’ve “shared” your design with a person or a group, they can also edit it and send you back their changed versions, allowing you to work jointly on any design. This is not only extremely practical for professional use, it’s also a great opportunity for users to bounce around ideas and inspire each other. To try this feature, just create a design in the Tryout page, then click the “Share” button—and let the fun begin!

More in the Works

In upcoming versions, you can look forward to more Tryout templates, tailored for practical use-cases such as blog designs, book texts or websites. Soon you’ll also be able to browse them for new families, work with your “favorited” items, upload images and test out the finer capabilities of the fonts, such as OpenType features and much more.

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Six TYPO San Francisco Talks to be Live Streamed

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Ready for two days of design inspiration from around the globe? TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, takes over the YBCA Theater and Screening Room at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) tomorrow and Friday. Can’t make it to SF? We’ve got you covered with a small taste of the magic that will happen over the next two days.

New York-based curator of the popular Brainpickings site, Maria Popova, will deliver the keynote at 10 a.m. PDT on Thursday. Her talk “The Science of Productivity and the Art of Presence” will be available via live streaming at typosf.com.

Also live streaming throughout the two-day conference will be:

Thursday, April 10, 1 p.m.: Gemma O’Brien, Crafting Authenticity
Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m.: Norman Hathaway interviews Victor Moscoso, Poster Legend
Friday, April 11, 10 a.m.: Lisa Congdon, Embrace the Abyss & Other Lessons
Friday, April 11, 1 p.m.: Elliott Earls, Money, Sex, and Power – The Mechanics of a Hybrid Practice
Friday, April 11, 6 p.m.: Aaron James Draplin, “Tall Tales from a Large Man” with Aaron Draplin of the Draplin Design, Co.

Of course the best way to experience TYPO is to be there in person. But hurry! Only a limited amount of tickets are left before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

TYPO San Francisco Updates

keycloseFontShop is happy to present the third TYPO San Francisco, April 10 & 11 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Can you believe it’s just seven weeks until TYPO is here? Watch your email next week for the full schedule, but read on for a peek at what the TYPO folk have got planned.

  • Maria Popova will open the conference on Thursday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Day one will end with the legendary Victor Moscoso interviewed by Norman Hathaway at 6 p.m.
  • Lisa Congdon kicks off the Friday mainstage lineup at 10 a.m. on April 11.
  • Closing out TYPO Rhythm, at 6p.m. Friday, will be Aaron Draplin.

View the complete list of speakers here.

Tickets increase in price on March 1! Don’t miss out on one of the best deals in design. Register today.

Last Day for TYPO San Francisco Early Bird Tickets

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Don’t miss your chance to save $100 on two days of inspirational and memorable talks by the design world’s legends and luminaries. Early bird sales for TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, end at midnight (Pacific) tonight.

Join us April 10-11 at host sponsor, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, for an incredible line up and opportunities to mingle with over 700 design professionals, students and faculty. You will not want to miss this event!

Confirmed speakers include:

Confirmed 2014 Speakers:

2014 Facilitators:

Get your tickets at TYPOSF.com today!

Introducing FontShop WebFonter

webfonter_1Designers can now test out the thousands of webfonts from FontShop.com on existing websites, free of charge. FontShop International is pleased to introduce its WebFonter tool available at webfonter.FontShop.com.

Aiming to make the web design process as seamless as possible, WebFonter allows designers to “try before they buy,” by previewing actual typefaces in any existing site. The tool can be used as a Chrome extension, browser bookmarklet or by entering a URL directly at webfonter.fontshop.com.

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Users can replace headline or body (paragraph) text, specific fonts, or, using custom CSS selectors, anything they want with FontShop webfonts.

WebFonter can be used during the design and development process –  a critical time for font choice. The target website does not need to be publicly accessible in order to test-drive webfonts. This hugely important feature marries well with the current web design trend towards designing directly in the browser, and makes WebFonter an extremely useful and powerful tool.

By pairing Webfonter with the FontShop Plugin, designers can now easily preview fonts in the concept stage of design from print to web.

 

Halloween at FontShop San Francisco

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Happy Halloween from the team at FontShop San Francisco!

Although our costumes aren’t typographic in nature, we thought we’d recommend a couple of designs that match our individual styles today.

Meghan’s PUNKin outfit pairs well with anything from our Distressed or Industrial & Urban Decay FontLists.

FF Manga matches Theresa’s anime-inspired outfit perfectly.

David’s sailor costume will get you through these waterlogged fonts.

Finally, Molly feels the Spooky family best sums up her look today.

What typeface best captures your spirit today? Tell us in the comments.

Why yes, we are wearing something different!

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We’re taking fall fashion seriously in our San Francisco office. Today we launched a little makeover to the FontShop.com homepage. We hope this new look will better help you in finding the great fonts you love, discovering new typographic gems and accessing all of our design resources with fewer clicks. What do you think of our new page? Before and after shots below.

Our new look:

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The “Before” shot:

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Please note the changes are not visible in all FontShop territories yet. We’d love your feedback on what you’d like to see.

 

FontBook Version 3.0.5

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FontBook 3.0.5 for iPad and iPhone is now available in the App Store. The update is free for existing users.

New in Version 3.0.5:
  • Improved rendering of special characters
  • “Cancel Search” button added (iPhone only)
  • Support for iOS 7
  • Minor bug fixes
  • New app icon

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Introducing FontFont’s App+

FontFont wants to ensure you have the perfect typeface for your project. To make it easy as pie to get what you need, we’re launching a new App+ license, streamlined packages, and a multi-format discount. Now it’s even simpler to bring your brand to life with a universal typographic voice.

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Easy licensing for mobile apps, editable documents and hardware — introducing App+

Want to use FF DIN in a mobile app, embed FF Scala in a PowerPoint Presentation or enhance a car interface with FF Meta? Now you can with FontFont’s brand new App+ license. Comprehensive, affordable, and available online, App+ makes it really simple to license FontFonts for apps, games, editable PDFs and hardware. What’s more, with App+ you don’t need to buy a license for every app or device. One license covers them all.

Simple and streamlined

We’ve improved and streamlined our products. Every font package now has the same weights across each format. So you can rest assured that if you purchase the same packages in different formats, you’ll have the same fonts.

Bundle and save

Save 10% when you purchase any combination of OpenType, Office, or Web FontFont formats. Make sure you have every format you need for present and future projects, and save money too!

Congrats Wedding Month Winners!

We had so much fun hearing your wedding stories and seeing your gorgeous designs throughout June’s Wedding Month! Today we’re pleased to announce the winners of our two contests.

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Congratulations to Great Pair, Katie & Jerry, on winning help from type expert David Sudweeks to pick out $100 toward fonts for their wedding. Our blog readers voted Katie’s story their favorite. We love it too – and are sure David will find typefaces for them with that perfect “opposites attract” feel.
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Jerry and I met in college while on a trip with mutual friends to an ice skating rink. By the end of our first night I knew that he was an accomplished figure skater (hot!), that he loved Bill Nye the Science Guy, and that I was completely smitten. It took me a while to convince him that we were perfect for each other…I had a head of bright pink hair, he definitely did not; he was a gamer, I was not; he was the pickiest eater I had ever met (the only fruit he ate was apples, his diet consisted of plain pasta, rice, chicken, and Goldfish crackers), I was kind of horrified that my usual method of wooing (lots, and lots of food) was just not going to work. But here we are, almost 5 years later. I’ve become a gamer, he eats like a human, and no one has pink hair. I cannot imagine my life without him. Somehow, together we equal more than the sum of our parts, and our differences balance us. We’re getting married 10/4/14 (10+4=14! nerds!) and would like to find typefaces that are as great together as we are.

“We’re so excited,” Katie says upon winning the contest. “We live in Boston, MA where Jerry is working towards a PhD in Chemistry and I am working as a fledgling museum exhibit developer. We’re getting married in the Hudson Valley near the college (and ice skating rink) where we met.”

With dozens of entries into our Design Contest, the competition remained close on our Pinterest board until the end. A big congratulations to Wes Lyman, whose stationery design for his 2012, garnered 63 likes by voting deadline. We echo Wes’ sentiments: “The board hosted a lot of great work!” “

Wes used SudtiposBurgues Script and Adobe Garamond Pro to create this gorgeous collateral letter pressed in PMS 325 and Black on natural white letter press paper.

A huge thanks to all of those who entered both contests! Let us know if in the comments if you’d like to see more in the future.

Vote for Your Favorite Wedding Month Design

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At the beginning of June we cordially invited you to send us your wedding collateral designs. Dozens of you responded, submitting over 80 designs. Today we’re excited to open up the Wedding Month Design Contest Pinterest board for public voting. It’s simple, the design with the most likes by midnight on July 1 will win. The talented designer will receive a $100 credit at FontShop. And you all receive a load of eye candy by clicking over to the board!

Typographic Scavenger Hunt for SF Design Week

Will you be San Francisco June 21-27? Join us at AIGA SF’s San Francisco Design Week both virtually and in person.

Those of you on Instagram can play along with our Typographic Scavenger Hunt:

  • Spell out Exploring the Creative Overlap (the more pictures to do this the better) using found type around San Francisco
  • Add to your photo map so we know you’re in the City by the Bay
  • Tag our Instagram account @FontShopSF in your posts
  • Use hashtags #SFDW and #FSTypeHunt
  • Post from June 21 to June 27

We’ll pick our favorite set and invite the winner to lunch at the FontShop offices with our Design Team.

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You can also meet our staff in person at events throughout the week. We’re especially looking forward to Friday’s Opening Reception and next Monday’s Pixels of Fury event. We’ve teamed with Shutterstock on the latter to add the FontShop Plugin to the competitor’s toolkit. Can’t wait to see the great creations from this fun night!

Which of these couples is your favorite great pair?

Four couples were sweet enough to tell us their “great pairs” story for Wedding Month. Instead of whittling down our favorites we leave it up our readers to select who deserves $100 on FontShop toward a “font registry” selected by Type Expert David Sudweeks.

Read their stories and then vote below.
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Jen & Chris

Some people say opposites attract, and I would dare to say that these differences are what make us fit… Chris & I met a long time ago when we were teenagers, running in the same circles… We didn’t like each other at all. He thought I was pretentious and I thought he was a loser… When our lines crossed years later, it was those differences that we found interesting, and that keep our relationship amazing. We listen to different music, like different movies – I like art movies, and he likes Die Hard, I like heavy metal, he prefers alt country. He’s 6’1″, and I’m 5’4″. I cook, he eats. I break things, he fixes them. We have different friends, and different hobbies.He is always trackside at all my roller derby matches, and I am always front row centre at every concert he plays, and when we meet in the middle, we always have something to say.

Angela’s Story

My fiance and I are a perfect fit because our opposites and similarities mesh perfectly like butter oozing into the crispy compartments of an Eggo waffle. He’s an analytic and straight-thinker, and I’m an abstract-thinking artist. He can crunch numbers in his sleep, and I’m still trying to figure out what numbers are. He likes the middle chewy brownies, and I prefer the crispy edge pieces. Our common loves of photography, traveling and cooking brought us together, but our complementary differences are what keep our relationship thriving. While we still have spirited debates over whether or not the ketchup should be kept in the refrigerator and whether the toilet paper should be situated end out or down, our differences keep things interesting and keep us on our toes.

Ruben’s Story

We would seldom pair two serifs together. And with good reason: when pairing, we want to get the most out of playing two different tones, and two seriffed typefaces can easily convey the same tone. We want harmony; a chord. We want rhythm, which cannot be had with just one continuous tone or with just pure silence. Good cop, bad cop (irrelevant cops). We want to say different things differently. And also, we want the equivalent of our parent of the opposite sex so we can play our parent of the same sex, which is what we learned while growing up.
So this is obviously not about me and my girlfriend, nor is it about music or typography: it’s clearly about the Universe.
You see, there is yin and yang. There is light and darkness. If everything was darkness, the Universe would be featureless. Likewise if everything was light. How could you point out something to me if there were no boundaries? Well, you and I wouldn’t exist, so there’s that.
My girlfriend and I would also certainly not exist. Because everything about us is really just about boundaries. Boundaries we create for ourselves whose limitations and faults we constantly see in the other. Boundaries which we would feel no need to cross, except if we wanted to touch and, in fact, become one with one another and thusly bring something new to the text.
We are two serifs. However, very different ones. We clash. We say two very different things using the same sentence.
Sometimes we might feel harmonious. Other times we are dissonant. Sometimes we synchronise frequencies for a brief second and amplify each other’s tone, resonating, only to then gradually grow further apart and make the difference become naturally self-evident. That’s because while my spacing is loose, my shapes are tight; my colour is uneven, but I pull her along with those deftly (or not) positioned and counter-balanced spots of lightness and darkness. And while her shapes are loose, she is tightly kerned; her colour is consistently composed, which does make for a better looking block of text and is a lot less distracting and more constant.
And when we least expect it, I am somehow her, and she is somehow me. We switch tones.
And that’s how you pair two serifs together: let them be very different; but just put them together long enough, with strong enough conviction (and some experimentation), and you will eventually find that the fact that they’re both serifs can only hold them together. It’s not that they have different serifs; it’s that they both have them that matters most.

Katie & Jerry

Jerry and I met in college while on a trip with mutual friends to an ice skating rink. By the end of our first night I knew that he was an accomplished figure skater (hot!), that he loved Bill Nye the Science Guy, and that I was completely smitten. It took me a while to convince him that we were perfect for each other…I had a head of bright pink hair, he definitely did not; he was a gamer, I was not; he was the pickiest eater I had ever met (the only fruit he ate was apples, his diet consisted of plain pasta, rice, chicken, and Goldfish crackers), I was kind of horrified that my usual method of wooing (lots, and lots of food) was just not going to work. But here we are, almost 5 years later. I’ve become a gamer, he eats like a human, and no one has pink hair. I cannot imagine my life without him. Somehow, together we equal more than the sum of our parts, and our differences balance us. We’re getting married 10/4/14 (10+4=14! nerds!) and would like to find typefaces that are as great together as we are.

Enter for a Font Registry – Tell Us Why You’re a Great Pair

It’s wedding month at FontShop and love is in the air! We’re hosting not just one, but two contests this month as part of our June series.

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Regular readers of the FontShop blog know that each Wednesday our type expert David Sudweeks highlights Great Pairs – typefaces that, while often dissimilar, complement each other to create something beautiful. In the spirit of that series, we want to hear from couples out there – what makes you a great pair? Do your angles fit well with her curves? Does your no-nonsense presence work perfectly with his playful demeanor? Do you stick together through thick and thin, bold and italic?

One lucky duo will win $100 credit at FontShop and David’s assistance, if desired, filling your “font registry.”

Leave your story in the comments section of this post by Sunday, June 16. We’ll pick our three favorites and open it up to voting on the blog the week of June 17.

Send Us Your Typographic Wedding Designs and Win!

This month on the blog we’ll be highlighting some of our favorite wedding designs.  We also know our talented readers have certainly come up with some fabulous ones of their own. We’d love to inspire others with your creative collateral, so we’re announcing the first of our wedding month contests for designers.

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Whether it’s invites, placecards, programs or something else skillfully using typography to highlight that special day, share examples* with us by emailing your submissions to contest@fontshop.com by Sunday, June 16 (before 11:59 p.m. Pacific). Only three submissions per designer please (if you submit more than three, only the first three chronologically will be entered). We’ll then pin them to our Pinterest page and tally votes through the number of “likes” through June 30.

The winner will be announced on Monday, July 1 and will receive $100 credit on FontShop.com.

Look forward to watching your designs walk down the aisle!

*Please note all submissions must be designed by the entrant. We reserve the right to disqualify submissions that do not meet this criteria.

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