Tiina and Monopol

Let’s take a look today at Valentin Brustaux’s Tiina with Tomas Brousil’s Monopol.
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Tiina is a sturdy, contemporary serif face, drawn from no specific tradition or family line. Its low contrast and generous fit serve to keep the face both approachable and firmly affixed to the page. As a block of text, Tiina holds together exceptionally well.
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Monopol exists solely as an extra compressed, or skyline sans in a range of weights from very thin to as heavy as heavy goes. Its construction is that of the draftsman-inspired alphabets of the early to mid-twentieth century, with several well-considered exceptions in form and fit. Depending on final size, you may need to track Monopol open some. Together, Tiina and Monopol form a fine working relationship, each offering more than sufficient ground to allow its companion’s distinguishing characteristics take the role as the figure.

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Great Pairs land here each Wednesday. This great pair was originally published July 31, 2013.

New Fonts This Week

New Fonts

 

Remsen Script by Three Island Press

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Fixen FY by FONTYOU

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Filson by Mostardesign Studio

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LeanO FY by FONTYOU now with italics

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Continuing Promotions

Calavera Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Chicha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Quincha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Zipolite Rounded Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Adria Slab and Adria Slab Web by FaceType – 90% off until 15 July

Abelina Pro and Abelina Redux OT by Sudtipos – 30% off until 20 July

Classica Slab by Latinotype – 75% off until 23 July

Gauthier Next FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 24 July

Gauthier Display FY by FONTYOU – 40% off until 24 July

LiebeErika by Liebe Fonts – 30% off until 31 July

LiebeKlara by Liebe Fonts – 30% off until 31 July

Riga OT by LudwigType – $99 from $449 until 31 July

Riga Web by LudwigType – $99 from $449 until 31 July

Normandie FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 8 Aug

Marianina FY Extended by FONTYOU – 50% off until 8 Aug

Brando by Bold Monday – 30% off until 15 Aug


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Buyer’s Guide: Three Island Press

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Three Island Press, a.k.a. 3IP, is best know for it’s antique penmanship fonts fashioned after the actual 18th and 19th century handwriting of actual people. Check out Douglas Pen, American Scribe, and Treefrog on FontShop.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up 5 CPUs at 1 location.
  • You can take the font software to a printer, output bureaus, design agencies, and the like, as long as the font is reserved only for the licensee’s own use.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the font software into a Website or Application.

See Three Island Press EULA

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

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Next up is Castle Type.

FontShop Friday Five: Summer Fontbuster

 

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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.

Families to Collect
Walk with us through a few font families with recent and not–so–recent additions you might consider picking up, just to round out the collection. View families such as FF GoodBrandon Grotesque, and Kulturista / Idealista / Nudista in our most recent newsletter.

Great Pairs
This week, David pairs up two typefaces, JAF Lapture from Just Another Foundry and Geogrotesque Stencil from Emtype. Check out his latest installment of Great Pairs.

Fontbuster
Just announced on the FontFeed, a fun new game, Fontbuster that will run through summer. Share your best and most original creations through the Tryout feature, and we will publish them! You can get all of the details here.

Buyer’s Guide: Promos!
We’ve made a little update to our family pages where the promo price is now listed! No promo codes needed here. We want to make your purchase process as smooth as possible so the price you see is promotion price. To stay up-to-date on all the promotions, make sure to sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter.

New Fonts
Two new fonts released this week at FontShop including Orgon from Hoftype and Riga from Ludwigtype. Plus an abundance of promos from FONTYOU, CocijotypeAbdo Fonts, and more!

 

Friday Five Fonts: Gauthier Next FY from FONTYOU and Nove from Schiavi Design

JAF Lapture and Geogrotesque Stencil

Today we pair Tim Ahrens’s JAF Lapture, a careful reworking of Albert Kapr’s Leipziger Antiqua, with Eduardo Manso’s Geogrotesque Stencil. I love stencil faces.

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JAF Lapture comes in a three weights (with companion italics) across a generous four optical sizes arranged below into columns: Caption, [Regular], Subhead, and Display. Geogrotesque Stencil spans seven weights from Thin to Bold.

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The particular stencil variant shown above is one of three. See sets A, B, and C below, the difference between the them being the width of their bridges. A non-stencil version also exists, complete with italics.
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Above: Geogrotesque Stencil C Light with JAF Lapture Display. The decisions made to preserve some characteristic signs of Lapture’s age and the age of its influences can cause it to come off a bit stern. Pairing it with a contemporary sans, and specifically this lighthearted stencil face, highlights Lapture’s easily overlooked newness and freshness.

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Great Pairs land here each Wednesday. Today’s was originally written by me and published here on April 24, 2013.

New Fonts This Week

New Fonts

Orgon by Hoftype

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Riga by Ludwigtype

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Continuing Promotions

Abdo Free by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Line by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Title by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Screen by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Logo by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Master by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Egypt by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Joody by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Misr by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Rajab by Abdo Fonts – 35% off until 2 July

Abdo Salem by Abdo Fonts – 35% off until 2 July

Pinto by FaceType – 50% off until 2 July

Archille FY by FONTYOU – 75% off  until 5 July

Booster FY by FONTYOU – 80% off  until 5 July

Brixton FY by FONTYOU – 70% off  until 5 July

Gauthier FY by FONTYOU – 50% off  until 5 July

Saya FY by FONTYOU – 70% off  until 5 July

Sperling FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Suzee FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Wes FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Zitrone FY by FONTYOU – 50% off  until 5 July

Calavera Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Chicha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Quincha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Zipolite Rounded Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Adria Slab and Adria Slab Web by FaceType – 90% off until 15 July

Abelina Pro and Abelina Redux OT by Sudtipos – 30% off until 20 July

Classica Slab by Latinotype – 75% off until 23 July

Gauthier Next FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 24 July

Gauthier Display FY by FONTYOU – 40% off until 24 July

Normandie FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 8 Aug

Marianina FY Extended by FONTYOU – 50% off until 8 Aug

Brando by Bold Monday – 30% off until 15 Aug


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Buyer’s Guide: Promotional Discounts with No Promo Code

If you subscribe to the FontShop newsletter, you already know that each edition highlights promotional discounts offered by our foundries to bring you the best deal on a new font or help you complete your collection.

Here’s part of the promotions section from our latest newsletter:

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Did you know that you do not need a promo code to receive your discount? The price listed on the website is in fact the promo price. To make things even easier for our customers when it comes time to make a purchase, discounted products at FontShop now display the regular price as well as the discounted price.

Check out HWT Artz as it appears on its family page:

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Now, not only will you know for certain that the font you select is the advertised discounted font, but you’ll also be sure you’re getting a great deal!

 

Want to stay up-to-date on all the promotional specials happening at FontShop? Make sure to sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter where we regale our subscribers with new and free fonts, typographic tips and trends, and important FontShop developments.

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

Pinterested: Art Nouveau

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This week we’ve created a new Pinterest board based off of a Fontlist curated by Yves Peters. Art Nouveau – also known as Jugendstil – is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art – especially the decorative arts – that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905). We welcome you to be inspired by these artsy fonts while embracing its characteristic curves.

Differentiation and Exclusivity

Just a quick point I’d like to raise, since today’s USA vs Germany match has completely thrown off my schedule.

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When a potential investor approaches a business, one of the first concerns addressed is, “What’s proprietary about this business? What’s to stop a competing company from observing and then producing a product or service that’s just as good but at a lower cost?”

In graphic design, creating an image that’s easily authenticated and yet only with great difficulty successfully imitated follows the general principle of contrast. When something is very much unlike its surroundings, it becomes a definitive point of reference. (Its contrast is high.) When its surroundings respond by becoming similar in appearance, though the initial point of reference may not have changed its appearance, its contrast is lowered. Thus the perceived need for constant differentiation, endless updates and rebrands. And to some extent here, perception is reality, though I think you can feel my reluctance to such an approach, when the emphasis is on changing the appearance, rather than the substance. I’ve long seen great typography as one of the ways of solving this problem. And exclusively-licensed type as a particularly effective way of asserting ownership of one’s image.

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Here’s one example: Soccer jerseys (my sincere apologies to the rest of the world who recognizes the sport as football) are commonly counterfeited and sold as authentic, misrepresenting their origin. Counterfeiters are foiled by the original manufacturers who commission new, distinctive typefaces and then exclusively license them from their designers. It’s for this reason that with each new wave of uniforms, something about the type catches your eye. Here’s one of Eduardo Manso’s custom typefaces done for Puma, above, on the Ivory Coast World Cup  jersey, and below on Italy’s. Note the curvature of the diagonal strokes, aiding legibility and also creating an easily-recognized distinguishing characteristic.

watermarked_thumbnail-2If you’re wondering how to go about licensing a typeface exclusively, just give us a call. That’s it. Using Type continues here Thursday. Thanks to Tobias Frere-Jones’s Armada for setting the title.

Skolar and HWT Artz

Today we look at David Brezina’s Skolar paired with Erik Spiekermann’s HWT Artz, the latter I might add is on sale now through June 30th.

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Skolar, originally designed for academic publishing, creates an appealing, vigorous texture on the page. A close look at the forms themselves reveals the reliance upon the manual models that inform its appearance. The extensively gifted family, linguistically speaking, supports Greek and Cyrillic, as well as Gujarati and Devanagari, (you’ll need to contact the foundry directly for those). Typographically speaking, the glyph palette leaves little room for want, including small caps, math symbols, and all the most common super- and subscripts (scientific superiors and inferiors) and many you may wonder whose standards require. In sum, it’s a family with range.

When I first came across Erik Spiekermann’s HWT Artz, I didn’t know the backstory, and assuming the label meant that what I was seeing was a digital revival from the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s extensive holdings, I was surprised that they had inventoried anything from Germany at all. I wrote an e-mail to Erik. Then I found out the real story. HWT Artz, like HWT Van Lanen is one of a handful of original designs produced at the Hamilton Museum into working wood type having existed first as digital type. The other example that comes to mind is Nick Sherman’s Brylski. (All three of these carry the names of Hamilton Museum workers and founders.) From its conception, HWT Artz accepted as a design constraint that the forms require as little hand finishing as possible, meaning that all sharp angles were to be eliminated in order to allow the width of the pantographic router bit (the means of production) to traverse the tight interior and exterior spaces it left behind.

On its own, though only a single weight and with minimal alternates, HWT Artz makes a strong statement. With Skolar, the two lend each other support, though there’s no question who maintains the dominant role.

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Great Pairs continues here Wednesday.

New Fonts This Week

New Fonts

Freight Macro by GarageFonts

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Normandie by FONTYOU

50% off till August 8

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Loads of summer discounts from Abdo Fonts and FONTYOU, and other continuing promotions

Hamilton Wood Type

HWT Artz20% off until 30 June

Abdo Fonts

Abdo Free, Abdo Line, Abdo Title, Abdo Screen, Abdo Logo, & Abdo Master15% off until 2 July

Abdo Egypt, Abdo Joody, & Abdo Misr25% off until 2 July

Abdo Rajab & Abdo Salem35% off until 2 July

FaceType

Pinto50% off until 2 July

FONTYOU

Sperling FY, Suzee FY, Wes FY40% off until 5 July

Gauthier FY & Zitrone FY50% off until 5 July

Brixton FY, Saya FY70% off until 5 July

Archille FY75% off until 5 July

Booster FY80% off until 5 July

Cocijotype

Calavera Family, Chicha, Quincha, & Zipolite Rounded Family40% off until 15 July

More FaceType

Adria Slab and Adria Slab Web90% off until 15 July

Sudtipos

Abelina Pro and Abelina Redux OT30% off until 20 July

Latinotype

Clasica Slab75% off until 23 July

More FONTYOU

Gauthier Next FY & Gauthier Display FY40% off until 24 July

Normandie FY, Marianina FY Extended / Wide / XWide50% off until 8 Aug

Bold Monday

Brando30% off until 15 Aug


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Buyer’s Guide: Process Type Foundry EULA

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Process Type Foundry specializes in the design of contemporary, original typefaces. Based in Golden Valley, Minnesota, Eric Olsen and Nicole Dotin’s create custom fonts for clients ranging from Chevrolet to Walker Art Center. In addition to their custom work, they have a released a several publicly available fonts. Check out Klavika, Elena, and Capucine on FontShop.

Basic EULA Rights

  • Desktop use supports up 1 CPU.
  • You can embed the font into a non-editable digital document as long as the font software is subsetted and the document text is set to view and print only.

Restrictions

  • You cannot share the font with users that do not have a license for the same font.
  • You cannot embed the font software into a Website or Application.

See Process Type Foundry

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

EULA highlights will be posted every other Monday. Next up is Three Island Press.

FontShop Friday Five: Using Type & FontFonts

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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.

 

FontFonts Are Here!

A new batch of FontFonts have arrived! FF Franziska, new additions to FF Max (now including a Condensed width and support for Cyrillic), FF Mister K (with a new variant, Splendid) and new FF UI Icons are all now available. A heaping bunch of continuing promotions from FONTYOU, Cocijotype, Laura Worthington, Abdo Fonts and more now at FontShop.

Buyer’s Guide: Education

Need a bit of a refresher? Visit FontShop’s Education page and download our PDFs created for students and designers.

Using Type: Substrates

David Sudweeks continues his Using Type series which looks at the typographer’s process at the beginning of a project. He elaborates on the type of paper and other substrates to consider during this process.

25, Still Alive!

All of us here at FontShop want to thank AIGA SF and San Francisco Design Week for allowing us to take part in the super fun Studio Tours and celebrate our 25th birthday this past week. It was a blast seeing old friends and making a bunch of new ones.

Newsletter

We’ve delivered our most recent newsletter this week which includes all of the new FontFont releases and a new design HWT Artz by Erik Spiekermann and published by Hamilton Wood Type. Make sure you’re receiving them in your inbox. They maybe getting lost in the promotions section. If you use Gmail then you can drag and drop the FontShop Newsletter from your Promotions Tab to your Primary Tab.

FontShop Friday Five fonts: VLNL Duct by VetteLetters & FF Dingbats 2.0 by FontFont

Processes

Picking up from last week’s discussion on substrates, today we talk about processes. Broadly speaking, we’re talking about putting images onto surfaces. Traditionally speaking, (in the context of graphic design studio work) it’s putting ink on paper.

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Processes range widely, almost all (the old ones anyway) bearing their own typographic or letter-making traditions. Here’s a quick and incomplete run-down:

  • Offset, or lithographic printing, common commercial standard, seen in books made after 1970 or so, also nearly all maps
  • Digital, which generally means commercial inkjet printing
  • Letterpress, (relief printing) the first commercial printing process; it largely died out in the US in the 1980s and has since seen a resurgence of interest, creating the ’boutique’ printing sector.
  • Engraving, now most commonly seen on paper currency, the highest standard for calling cards / other stationery
  • Screen printing, T-shirts and (these days) only higher-end posters
  • Laser printing, toner (finely ground plastic) melted onto paper, likely your client’s process for day-to-day printing

Some uncommon results are possible with ordinary processes by changing the ink or rasterization method. Fluorescent, metallic, reflective, or glow in the dark inks are examples. Also, spot glosses are now a relatively simple thing to order. If you’re printing on plastic, a UV ink process requires a slightly different setup. There are also a number of special effect processes, including embossing, debossing, die cutting, laser etching / cutting, lenticular printing, holography, and special coatings. Short of seeing these in person, a perusal of one of Sappi’s (a paper company’s) exposition of special effect printing, via PDF is helpful to get an idea of what each is.

Within screen media, there’s also a dimension parallel to special effects printing that makes specific use of the physical properties of pixels, screen polarization, haptic feedback, and other infant technologies. Just as in print, there are simulated 3d effects on screen as well, done a number of ways, most of which requiring special glasses and sensors. Augmented reality interfaces would fit in here somewhere.

Three-dimensional processes

Again, there are innumerable industrial and artisanal processes that can result in letters on a surface, but just to name a few common ones: routing, sandblasting, minting, reproducible sculpture for molding and casting, and of course, 3d printing, and paper folding.

One-off and limited edition processes

Depending on the scale of the project, you may consider a single- or limited-run solution such as sign painting, neon, calligraphy, stone cutting, metal engraving, smithing (for cattle brands), and the mostly noncommercial printmaking processes, monoprint, intaglio, and Ukiyo-e.

Now, why make such a list? It’s important to consider all the possibilities of design from the outset of a project. I hope that by going through some of these it helps to expose new possibilities that just might be a good answer to a the need a project addresses. So for example, why design a paper label for a glass bottle, when the bottle itself can bear all the information just as successfully? Next week, we’ll get into the steps just after the brief’s second half gets firm.

Thanks for reading. Using Type continues here Thursday. Thanks to Nikola Djurek’s Nocturno Display for setting the title.

New FontFonts This Week

New Fonts

These new FontFonts just came in: Jakob Runge’s completely new FF Franziska, plus new additions to FF Max (now including a Condensed width and support for Cyrillic) and FF Mister K (with a new variant, Splendid).

FF Franziska by FontFont

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FF Max, now supporting Cyrillic and with new Condensed width by FontFont

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FF Mister K Splendid by FontFont

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More additions: FF UI Icons

FF Dingbats 2.0 UI
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FF Mister K Dingbats UI
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FF Netto Icons UI
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FF Transit Pict UI
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FF Comic Jens UI
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Continuing Promotions

Newslab Family by Latinotype – 75% off until 19 Jun

Adorn single weights by Laura Worthtington – 50% off until 19 Jun

Sherlock in OT and Web by Wiescher – 50% off until 19 Jun

Abdo Free by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Line by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Title by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Screen by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Logo by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Master by Abdo Fonts – 15% off until 2 July

Abdo Egypt by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Joody by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Misr by Abdo Fonts – 25% off until 2 July

Abdo Rajab by Abdo Fonts – 35% off until 2 July

Abdo Salem by Abdo Fonts – 35% off until 2 July

Pinto by FaceType – 50% off until 2 July

Archille FY by FONTYOU – 75% off  until 5 July

Booster FY by FONTYOU – 80% off  until 5 July

Brixton FY by FONTYOU – 70% off  until 5 July

Gauthier FY by FONTYOU – 50% off  until 5 July

Saya FY by FONTYOU – 70% off  until 5 July

Sperling FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Suzee FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Wes FY by FONTYOU – 40% off  until 5 July

Zitrone FY by FONTYOU – 50% off  until 5 July

Calavera Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Chicha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Quincha by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Zipolite Rounded Family by Cocijotype – 40% off until 15 July

Adria Slab and Adria Slab Web by Facetype – 90% off until 15 July

Abelina Pro and Abelina Redux OT by Sudtipos – 30% off until 20 July

Gauthier Next FY by FONTYOU – 50% off until 24 July

Gauthier Display FY by FONTYOU – 40% off until 24 July

Brando by Bold Monday – 30% off until 15 Aug


Want detailed showing of new fonts straight to your inbox? Make sure you’re receiving them in your inbox. They may be getting lost in the promotions section. If you use Gmail then you can drag and drop the FontShop Newsletter from your Promotions Tab to your Primary Tab.
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