Author Archives: Meghan Arnold

Communications Manager at FontShop SF

Five Things You’ll Love About the FontShop Plugin

You know the free FontShop Plugin allows you to preview almost all of our 150k+ fonts right in your Adobe® Creative Suite® documents, but here’s five of its features you can use to maximize your experience.

  1. Search by font name, designer or foundry.
  2. Try up to 12 different fonts in a single document.
  3. Apply filters and effects to your type samples.
  4. Click the heart icon to easily find your favorites later and add your own tags to sort them further.
  5. Buy right from the plugin. Click the download button to access purchase options at FontShop.com once you’re ready to take your relationship further!

Finding Fonts that Speak Your Language

Typefaces don’t all talk the same. We’ve heard from you that more information about what languages individual fonts support can make a big difference in choosing which packages would best fit with the projects you’re working on.

We’re excited to announce we’ve launched a solution, it’s still beta, but you can see some new features in a few places.

Language tabs

Visit the product pages (e.g. Paratype’s Orbi Sans Multilingual) and there’s now a new tab which lists which languages are supported.  If you’re working with multiple or less commonly supported languages, you can make sure the single font you chose speaks the right one before you buy.

Sub-category pages

Pick a category (such as serif) and then filter the results based on language. This will return only those fonts that support the languages you’re seeking.

Bestsellers page

We’ve added an extra filter so you can now return just those results with that languages you use.

As always, if you have any suggestions on what changes to the site you’d like to see, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

FF Chartwell Web Ready to Shake Up Online Infographics

Since FF Chartwell’s May release, the design world has been abuzz with accolades for its unique approach to infographic creation. With the recent FontFont release, web designers can now rejoice – FF Chartwell Web is here!

Get FF Chartwell Radar Web free!

FF Chartwell Rose Web

FF Chartwell Bars Vertical Web

FF Chartwell Lines Web

FF Chartwell Bars Web

FF Chartwell Pies Web

FF Chartwell Rings Web

Back in May we first introduced FF Chartwell’s nonconformist approach to creating charts and graphs: simply type in the numbers and let the font do the rest. Rings, rose, radar, pies, bars, lines, and vertical bar charts, all as easily styled as type, result automatically. Use FF Chartwell Web with static text or real-time data.

FontFont had to think creatively to work around the lack of OpenType support in most web browsers to keep FF Chartwell working to its users expectations. The end result is “more than just a font“:

All the chart drawing functions of FF Chartwell Web are provided as small JavaScript libraries. To create a chart you enter the values in a similar way to the desktop font and use HTML code to determine color and appearance.

Nobody likes bloated JavaScript libraries, so the JavaScript files are split into one base file and one file for each of the chart types. This way you never have to load more files than you really need. All FF Chartwell Web packages come with a demo page and example HTML code to help get you started. As with all Web FontFonts, you will also receive a WOFF and an EOT font called FF Chartwell Text Web Pro. Please note, that these only contain the alphabet part of FF Chartwell.

Web designers can test FF Chartwell Web on the FontFont How To site’s live demo. We can’t wait to see the beautiful infographic websites that FF Chartwell is bound to inspire. Please share your creations in the comments!

Plunderin’ for Typographic Treasure

Ahoy, designer mateys! Aboard the good ship FontShop today some of us arrrr fully celebratin’ Talk Like a Pirate Day. If yer out revelin’, here’s some type booty for ye to check out.

First, fer all ye fans of our Pinterest page, we’ve got a new board that should suit yer fancy.

If ye prefer fontlists, we’ve got an oldie but goodie buried on the site. Ye can pillage Pirate Fonts to yer heart’s content.


If yer lookin’ for bedtime tales of the sea for yer parrots or lil’ scalawags tonight, have ye heard the one about Jim Ford‘s Captain Quill? After losing his right hand to a spirited sea dog, Captain Quill settled down to focus on his first love, nautical treasure cartography. The ease of stroke in this swashy script face confirms what his boyhood calligraphy teacher stressed from the start: It’s all in the elbow.

If you’re not sure if ye are “hooked” on any of these, try ‘em out first in the FontShop Plugin for Creative Suite. Stock up on sea type for your next adventure or on landlubber fonts too.

Yar!

Real Life Fontlympics

While we were busy running the Fontlympics out of the San Francisco office of FontShop, our Berlin colleague, Lucy, traveled to London to witness the real games. Lucy was kind enough to take some shots of the typography she spotted.

As expected, Gareth Hague’s custom typeface, Headline 2012, dominates the signage, though a bit surprisingly even shows up on the jumbotron (below) in animated LED form. It wouldn’t be a British event without Johnston  making an appearance on the wayfinding signage (above). Just as likely, Gill Sans Ultra Bold finds its way onto the daily program, but the Germans do manage to sneak in with some Futura (below).

Did you go to the London 2012 games? What typefaces did you spot?

DIY Fontlympics

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying our 2012 Fontlympics. With the event soon coming to a close (at least until the 2014 Winter Fontlympics, when Baseline FontsMegaflakes start falling), we wanted to point out some free assets and tools to help you build your own Fontlympics at home and on a budget.

First, don’t miss out on downloading Virus FontsJonathan Barnbrook’s Olympukes 2012 edition from our free fonts page. Read the interview with Barnbrook on The FontFeed, then build your own subversive competitions.

Next up, if you’re looking for an angular typeface on a budget for the background signage of your at-home games, try out Max Kisman’s FF Jacque from FontFont, a free download on FontShop.com.

Finally, try testing out how other typefaces will fit into your games before you buy with the FontShop Plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. See how over 150,000 fonts look in your mockups with this free tool.

Get inspiration for your events from our blog posts, recent newsletters, Pinterest board and Twitter hashtag #fontlympics. We’d love to hear how your competitions turn out! Let us know in the comments.

Dispatches from TypeCon

David and Meghan from FontShop San Francisco are in Milwaukee this weekend to attend TypeCon2012: Milwaukee Shift. FontShop is pleased to sponsor this event (look for our Taste Guide inside attendee bags).

The keynote kicks off tonight, after a group of attendees returns from the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. David is helping with the Education Forum today and will report on that later. Meghan suggests you build a time machine and go back to Wednesday evening for The Heads of State special presentation, which beautifully (and hilariously) highlighted the relationship between illustration and typography using the Bob Ross model of design principles. End goal: end up at the happy cabin of creative satisfaction.

A former Milwaukee resident, Meghan was thrilled to see local young talent highlighted at the Just Our Type exhibit at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Don’t Miss the Fontlympics!

We hear there’s some big event kicking off in London this Friday (no, not TYPO London – but you can win a conference ticket for October 19-20). Getting in the spirit of international competition, we’re holding a coinciding event – The 2012 Fontlympics — a celebration of fonts and their many feats!

Catch a preview in last week’s newsletter and make sure to subscribe to future issues to catch all of the events. Watch our TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest as we spotlight our typographic competitors over the 16 days of the games. And you will not want to miss staying tuned to the blog for a special interactive competition.

That’s right, beginning Monday, July 30 and ending Friday, August 10 the FontShop blog will host the Fontlympic Decathlon, pitting five typefaces against each other throughout 10 events. Vote each weekday for the best face in each event and help us determine the best all-around typeface.

Let the games begin!

Happy Birthday FontBook: Thank YOU

On the eve of FontBook App for iPad’s first birthday, we can’t wrap up this week’s series without extending a big THANK YOU to the over 25,000 (that’s 50,000 font-ogling eyeballs) of you who have downloaded the app in the last year. Now close your eyes, make a wish, and tell us in the comments what you’d like to see in FontBook’s future!

Happy Birthday FontBook: Watching Our Baby Grow

Obviously Saturday’s birthday is a huge milestone for FontBook. But do you recall that the FontBook app grew up quite a bit in its first year?

Around five months, FontBook 2.0 emerged, adding 250 new families, a news stream, automatic updates, better bookmarking and more. In April, with the release of the Retina Display iPad, FontBook got a shiny new look. We’ve loved watching our baby change over the past 12 months. We hope you have too!

Happy Birthday FontBook: What Do You Use FontBook For?

As we celebrate FontBook‘s birthday this week, we want to hear from you. Today’s question: what do you mostly use the FontBook app for iPad for?

Something else? Tell us in the comments.

Happy Birthday FontBook: A Year of Awards

Coming up on its first birthday, we’re so proud that the FontBook app for iPad has made such a splash this year! A quick recap of the recognition this mobile typeface compendium has garnered since July 2011:

We’re not resting on our laurels though, as FontBook enters toddlerhood, we’ll see what it can do!

Celebrating a Year FontBook App for iPad!

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Believe it or not, the FontBook App for iPad is turning 1 this Saturday! Stay tuned to the blog this week as we look back at a terrific year (and maybe eat some cake).

Meet us in Milwaukee at TypeCon!

FontShop is pleased to be a sponsor of TypeCon2012. David and I (Meghan) from our San Francisco office will be there, so find us and say hello. As our resident type expert, David is excited about all the programs, but here’s his three “not to miss” for TypeCon newbies (and returnees):

  • Cyrus Highsmith’s talk on Friday morning. He’ll be discussing the concepts at work in great typography through focusing on the negative space. Word is Inside Paragraphs, Cyrus’s new book on the subject, will be available there too.
  • Saturday night’s Type Quiz separates the casually type-obsessed from the committed with questions like ‘Put the following five faces in order of their release.’
  • Sit down with John Downer, Akira Kobayashi and Roger Black Sunday afternoon while they review your latest design at the Type Crit. Stick around to see other type designers’ work and make some friends.

Tomorrow (July 7) is the last day of early bird registration…save some cash to splurge on the new designs you learn about at the conference!

Designer Spotlight: Giddy for Goudy

“A man who would letterspace lower case would steal sheep.” So said Frederic Goudy, according to rumor.  "Who is this passionate defender of legibility? (And inspiration for the title of Erik Spiekermann's typography guide)?” you may ask.

Meet the American type designer whose 100+ typefaces include Goudy Old Style, the graceful, easy-reading serif that Harper’s Magazine still uses for text, and Copperplate Gothic, a gothic/serif hybrid over a century old and still on your lawyer’s business card. Prolific and experimental, Goudy’s (b. 1865, d. 1947) life and career mirrors the period of U.S. history between the Civil War and World War II.

Known as one of the world’s greatest type designers in 1933, when The New Yorker profiled him as “Glorifier of the Alphabet,” Goudy advocated harmony and simplicity in design. He championed beauty and refinement − but not at the expense of personality. In fact, says FontShop Type Expert David Sudweeks, “You can tell it’s Goudy before you’re close enough to read it.”

If we had our way, Goudy would be on the list of all-American highlights we cheer about at Fourth of July picnics, right up there with baseball, apple pie, and backyard fireworks.

As fortune had it, however, European Modernism and Bauhaus design − with their assertively angular buildings and clean-edged letters − swept the Western world with enough force to cloud our collective memory of Goudy’s stature.

“Much of it was lost in the shuffle. When the Erbars and Futuras and Helveticas came in, the Goudy was tossed out, recast into slugs, leading, bullets and fishing weights,” explains Sudweeks.

Fortune wasn’t consistently good to Goudy during his lifetime either. He showed early promise but later found himself deep in a rut. A childhood encounter with an artist’s camera and winning a drawing prize at the county fair creatively inspired young Frederic. As a teen, he seemed destined for a career in the arts. That’s when he provided his Bloomington, Ill. Sunday school with a stenciled version of the Ten Commandments. Impressed, the church paid him for his work.

In his early 30s, Goudy married Bertha M. Sprinks, a stenographer and officemate about whom he later wrote, “her intelligent and ready counsel I welcomed and valued; her consummate craftsmanship made possible many difficult undertakings.”

A decade later, though his marriage may have been a match made in heaven, Goudy’s career was barely out of the gate. In a 1942 retrospect, Popular Mechanics reported, “At 40, this short, plump, pinkish, and puckish gentleman kept books for a Chicago realtor, and considered himself a failure.”

Eventually things started looking up. The Popular Mechanics article continues, “During the next 36 years, starting almost from scratch at an age when most men are permanently set in their chosen vocations, he cut 113 fonts of type, thereby creating more usable faces than did the seven greatest inventors of type and books, from Gutenberg to Garamond.”

He was among the founders of Camelot Press, where he sold his first typeface, Camelot, to a Boston printer for $10. He helped found Village Press and served as art director for the Lanston Monotype Machine Company from 1920 till 1940. He taught at the Art Students League and New York University. Goudy wrote several books, including The Alphabet (1918), Elements of Lettering (1922), Typologia (1940), and the autobiographical A Half-Century of Type Design and Typography, 1895-1945 (1946).

Upon Goudy’s death in 1947 the New York Herald Tribune‘s warm and reverent obituary read, “The entire reading public is in Mr. Goudy’s debt.” It also said, “Only time will tell how his type faces endure, but he gave a vast impetus to the art of printing.”

Endure they did. Designers still use Goudy Old Style for a classic, American feel, and should you come across it, Goudy Ornate still holds a contemporary appeal. The 1922 Goudy Sans has occasionally fooled a type expert or two into thinking it’s a more recent font. (Though the capital “A” is a dead giveaway; it sends us right back to the days Charlie Chaplin.) There’s even a free Goudy webfont, Sorts Mill Goudy, a 2011 revival of Goudy Old Style. (Use it in “light line jobs like poetry,” advises Macworld Magazine.)

So next time you get an attorney’s contact information or page through the print edition of America’s oldest general interest monthly, be sure to light a bottle rocket or dish up a slice of apple pie in memory of Frederic Goudy.

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Article text by Kris Vagner

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