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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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Buyer’s Guide: New Category Page

The Category page at FontShop has been rebooted! It is now easier than ever to explore our catalog and find new fonts to love.

Choose from one of eight common categories: Sans, Serif, Slab, Script, Display, Blackletter, Symbols, or Non-Western.

Narrow your results down further by clicking on a subcategory. Or, sort your results by Newest fonts or Bestsellers.

If you have additional questions you can always email FontShop’s Support Team for help.

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.

FontShop Friday Five: Next FontShop and Madness!

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We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

 

Mo’ Beta
If you haven’t noticed, we recently released our beta version of the next FontShop! It’s raw and unfinished, but we launched it anyway and want to know what you think! Check out the new site here.

“New Features”: #hash and Giftype
April Fools! We got a little sneaky with our April 1st newsletter this month with new features that would change the face of type. Did you fall for it?

New Fonts
Lots of new fonts this week. Check out all that is new from Comicraft, Latinotype, FONTYOU, TypeTogether, Mostardesign Studio and a bunch of continuing promotions.

March Madness
We got a winner! Congratulations to the top typeface Nitti Grotesk who is the champ of March Madness 2014! It was a tough fight, but Nitti Grotesk fought it’s way to the top!

Buyer’s Guide
This week, Theresa covers DynaComware in the weekly installment of Buyer’s Guide.

 

Friday Five Fonts: Fiance by Sudtipos and Rukou by DizajnDesign

Next FontShop: A Bold Undertaking

Check it out. The next FontShop website is in beta. It’s raw. It’s unfinished. It’s in flux. But we’re launching it anyway.

Why? Because we love the new design, and we want YOU to help us shape its development. Seriously. The site at next.fontshop.com is an open invitation for you to explore, have fun and test out the simplified, playful new design.

And then we want you to let loose: tell us what you love about it, what you hate about it, and above all, tell us what you want us to add to it. As you submit ideas and requests, we’ll continue to build on the initial foundation-stone, regularly publishing new features and modules based on your feedback over the coming months.

It’s all part of an experiment in collaborative agile design, jointly conceived and fostered by FontShop and the creative minds at Edenspiekermann. Its purpose is to get you, the public, to participate in the design process, and help create the perfect place to find fonts.

In the true spirit of the project, we’re not even going to bother extolling the beauty and the simplicity of the design here. Instead, we say only: go see it for yourself. Form your own opinion. Then tell us what you think.

FontShop Friday Five: Reboot

FridayFive0708Friday Five is back! We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

TYPO San Francisco
Have you purchased your ticket to TYPO Rhythm yet? Save $100 if you buy before January 15!

On the FontFeed
Yves Peters starts the year off with his Type of Music of recently released albums.

Buyer’s Guide
Theresa shares the basics of Letters from Sweden’s EULA this week on the blog.

FontShop Newsletters
Perk up your inbox with our bi-weekly newsletters!  We highlight new fonts and promotions every other Wednesday so make sure to sign-up today.

Reflecting on 2013
With 2013 behind us, we haven’t forgotten to keep our resolutions in mind. Check out our top Type Resolutions for 2013.

Friday Five Fonts:  Terital United by Letterbox and Salvo Sans Black by Font Bureau

Introducing FontShop WebFonter

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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.

 

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.

 

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!

P22 Flash Sale – 50% Savings for 48 hours!

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Beginning now through the next 48 hours*, get a whopping 50% savings on collections from P22, IHOF, Sherwood and Lanston Type Co. Start your summer off right by adding some new and old favorites to your library.

*Sales ends at 11:59 p.m. GMT on June 26th

Farewell Anna!

Tuesday was Anna Eshelman’s last day in the office, our designer over the past two years. She’s moving on to grad school and other adventures – a term I don’t use lightly by the way – in the coming weeks she’ll be traversing the length of a major mountain range, for which excursion she’s steadily built up a supply of hiking things and dried food. Anna’s always been one to get out and see what the world’s made of. I’ll miss sitting across from her every day, collaborating on projects and doing the work of promoting great type together. We’ll all miss her warm personality and consistent ability to surprise.

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Here’s a shot of her I got on an office outing to Angel Island last summer, (though you can continue to pretend that when people leave FontShop, we make them ride out on a boat). Gosh, Anna. Thanks for everything. We’ll continue to look out for you and your work. And we’ll miss you.

Worn Gothic opens Grit History Series B, Painting Giveaway

Organizing a promotion of a less-conventional sort is Nathan Williams of Baseline Fonts. Any purchase of a Worn Gothic package or single before May 1, 2013 automatically enters the buyer into a drawing to win this painting.

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The 40ʺ × 40ʺ acrylic and oil on canvas piece features a Dusty Circus B, and upon promotion close will be stretched, packed and shipped from his Kansas Studio to the randomly-drawn winner “anywhere in the world.”

Worn Gothic

Worn Gothic is the first of the Grit History Series B Collection, with forthcoming releases soon to follow. This post will be updated to include those as they come along as these purchases will also qualify for the drawing. The design of Worn Gothic is taken from a couple of heavily used ATF and Ludlow gothics, found in metal near Baseline Fonts’s operation.

(Update: The series in its entirety can now be seen perused on our site. Webfonts are also available for all faces.)

FontShop Plugin Now Supports Adobe Fireworks

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Adding yet another design program to its repertoire, the FontShop Plugin is now compatible with Adobe® Fireworks®. Now you can see how different type options will look on web and mobile before you buy and without leaving your document.

The free FontShop Plugin lets you preview any of our 150,000+ fonts, in the context of your own artwork in Adobe® Photoshop®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® InDesign®, or Adobe® Fireworks® (CS5, CS5.5 and CS6). This is a great new way to find the perfect typographic fit for your project.

Features:

  • Supports Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign & Fireworks
  • Preview fonts in your document
  • Search by name, designer or foundry
  • Collect and tag favorite fonts

>> Download the FREE FontShop Plugin

And because if you’re not a Fireworks user, this may now be in your head, we’ll help you with that too:




 

Breaking News: FontBook is now available on iPhone and iPad

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FontShop International announces the new version of the award-winning FontBook is available on the App Store today. Version 3.0 is compatible with all iOS devices, including iPhone. The universal update is free for those who already own the iPad version.

We’ll post more tomorrow, but tonight go forth and play! (If you have FAQs, find answers here).

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TYPO San Francisco Returns April 2013

The first TYPO San Francisco took place this past April and was a huge success. Our second TYPO will once again feature a diverse array of local and international creative and inspiring speakers across multiple industries.

TYPO San Francisco Contrast takes place April 11 and 12, 2013, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Confirmed speakers include:

Jessi Arrington
Ludovic Balland
Marian Bantjes
Peter Bil’ak
Matthew Butterick
Keetra Dixon
Jens Gehlhaar
Meena Kadri
Erik Kessels
Somi Kim
Travis Kochel
Eike (Hort) Koenig
Faythe Levine
Tom Manning
Christoph Niemann
Mike Salisbury
Satsuki Shibuya
Erik Spiekermann
Jeff Veen
Armin Vit
Ursus Wehrli

Registration is now open. Early bird tickets save you $100 before December 31.

While you’re off for Thanksgiving, have a look at what TYPO San Francisco 2012 was all about:

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