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New Fonts This Week – Including FontFonts!

This week, we have lots of fresh faces, including two from FontFont. You’ll also find deals from both FontFont and Just Another Foundry. As always, subscribe to our newsletter and read this blog for the full stories. Now for all the latest from the following foundries:

FontFont

FF Marselis Pro

FF ThreeSix Pro Collection

Just Another Foundry

Bernini Sans Super

Domus Titling

Typejockeys

Henriette Complete

New Foundry

Latinotype

Andes

Magallanes

Fidel Black

Tikal Sans

Patagon

Mija

New Foundry

Indian Type Foundry

Tulika Bengali

ITF Devanagari

Buyer’s Guide: Extend Your License to Support Web and Mobile

In the past you only had to worry about basic desktop licenses, webfont choices were limited to system fonts, and designing for mobile apps wasn’t a priority. Now you have to worry about supporting all three: desktop, web, and mobile.

But don’t worry, FontShop has got you covered!

You can purchase a basic desktop license that allows a font to live on your computer. The software is installed on your system so that you can use the font in various programs, but this license doesn’t include support for web or mobile.

Webfont licenses allow fonts to live on your site using the CSS @font-face rule. Take a look at how we label our webfont products and view our webfont license guide for primers on finding and purchasing webfonts.

Finally, mobile licenses allow a developer to include Mobile FontFonts into multiple apps, the license is perpetual, and they have web and desktop counterparts.

If you can’t find the license you are looking for, FontShop’s support is always here to help.

FF Chartwell Fever is Off the Charts

We here at FontShop have been pretty stoked about FF Chartwell since it came to us through FontFont’s May release. Over the summer, David showed you how to use the seven different styles of charts in Travis Kochel’s font and we hope you’ve had fun trying it out.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the rest of the web has caught FF Chartwell fever. Check out these recent stories:

FastCompany

BoingBoing

Cool Hunting

Daring Fireball

A little bird tells us that the “web” of FF Chartwell uses is expanding quite soon as well…stay tuned!

Behind the FontFont Tiers

FontShop International (FSI) announced a major restructuring of its award-winning FontFont® typeface library this week. The FontFont Library Tier system splits the collection into three distinct tiers designed to save customers valuable time in selecting typefaces. Read on to learn a little more about this new set up!

Finding Faces Faster: FontShop International introduces the FontFont Library Tier system

The FontFont® brand debuted in 1990, built around one simple premise: Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody conceived of a library of innovative digital typefaces created by designers for designers. FontFont launched with a handful of types the founders commissioned from their colleagues and up and coming young talent. From those humble beginnings, the FontFont library has grown to include 750 families representing the work of more than 160 designers worldwide.

FontShop International carefully developed the FontFont library to meet the demands of type users with diverse needs. Hand picked twice yearly by the FontFont type board — helmed by Spiekermann, a self-proclaimed “typomaniac”—each typeface in the library has been chosen for aesthetic appeal, innovation, and craftsmanship. FontFonts are technically perfected and thoroughly road tested before release, ensuring that designers have the best possible experience when using these high-quality fonts in their typographic projects.

With 2,500 fonts and counting, FontFont has become one of the largest contemporary type libraries in the world. Having so many designs to choose from can be both a blessing and a curse; leisurely sifting through thousands of fonts online is pleasurable for any type lover, but it can be a daunting task at 3 a.m. when deadlines loom.

Enter the FontFont think tank: FSI’s dedicated team of type fanatics and technical gurus were determined to make font selection as easy as possible. After countless hours spent on research and in talking with type users, their mission was to minimize the
amount of time each customer had to spend on selecting fonts. To achieve this goal, they decided to split the FontFont library into three distinct tiers.

FontFont Premium Tier: The Most Popular FontFonts

FontFont’s Premium Tier includes today’s most popular FontFonts and will feature the latest releases going forward. This tier, the largest in the new system, showcases international favorites like Albert-Jan Pool’s FF DIN®, FF Scala® by Martin Majoor, FF Dax® from Hans Reichel, and Spiekermann’s FF Meta® and FF Unit®.

Premium Tier FontFonts anchor the library in three formats to address every need — OpenType, Offc, and Web.* By next summer, all fonts in the Premium Tier will feature Pro language support, including Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic in some designs. Customers are not restricted to licensing full packages in this tier, but may choose single weights from these bestselling type families.

(*Offc and Web versions of some Premium Tier FontFonts are still in development and will be available soon.)

FontFont Collection Tier: Extraordinary Pricing and Hidden Gems

The FontFont Collection Tier is a selection of economically priced typographic treasures, including Xavier Dupré’s FF Reminga™, FF Mambo® by Val Fullard, and experimental designs like the FF FUSE Classics.

The Collection Tier is offered in full-family packages only—fonts are available in OpenType with Standard language support (with a few key exceptions). All packages in this tier are affordably priced at less than 100€/$, making it easier than ever for customers to build a quality type collection.

FontFont Free Tier: Giving Something Back

As a bonus to loyal customers, FontFont now offers a variety of free typefaces, including Paul Sych’s FF Dig, Dog, Hip™, FF Peecol™ from Steffen Sauerteig and Kai Vermehr (Eboy), and Timothy Donaldson’s FF FancyWriting™. Free Tier titles contain the complete family in a single package, and are available in OpenType with Standard language support.

It Just Gets Better: New Additions to the FontFont Family

FontFont is growing again with a stellar new text design and significant extensions to five favorite families. FF Ernestine, Swiss designer Nina Stössinger’s first typeface, is a wide wedge/slab serif family developed for text setting. Solid yet feminine, FF Ernestine includes roman and italic cuts in four weights. Los Angeles-based designer Hrant Papazian contributed a complementary Armenian character set, available in the Pro version.

Fred Smeijers has revised the design of FF Quadraat® and added a much-needed demi bold weight. Two companion families—FF Quadraat® Sans and Sans Condensed — have undergone design revisions, and have been expanded with thin, extra light, and demi bold weights. All three families now include Pro versions with Latin Extended and Cyrillic character sets. Ole Søndergaard’s FF Signa™ has been extended with extra light, extra black, and ultra weights, while Spiekermann’s FF Meta® Serif now offers Cyrillic and Greek language support.

Typekit Update Includes Newest Web FontFonts

Have a Typekit account? Integrate the latest Web FontFonts today. Don’t forget, the files include comp fonts for offline design. They also ensure you end up with a smaller file size, additional optimization for Microsoft’s rendering API DirectWrite and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. In many of the files, you can also now choose between Oldstyle Figures and Proportional Lining Figures.

You may also notice we’ve updated the look of this blog with some new webfonts. The headers are now in FF Sero Web and the body text in FF Tisa Web.

Have you given your site a makeover yet? Let us know in the comments!

Staff Picks, July 2011

Summertime and the living may be easy, but we still have type on the brain. This month’s FontShop Staff Picks are here. We’ve highlighted three below so you can hear why our employees picked them.

Oxtail by Stefan Hattenbach

Michael, First Officer of our SF crew, likes Oxtail from PsyOps Type Foundry. “This is one of my favorites because it’s sophisticated, tasteful, and has a splash of sass,” he explains.

FF Polymorph by Stefanie Schwarz

Designer Anna picks FF Polymorph for its international flavor. “FF Polymorph intrigues me with its variety of forms inspired by characters from all over the globe,” she notes.

FF Mister K Informal by Julia Sysmäläinen

Our communications manager, Meghan, digs the newly released FF Mister K informal. “I’ve been a big fan of the whole family, but now I can have a font to express my more casual Kafkaesque situations,” she jokes. “In all seriousness though, there are so many unique and beautiful glyphs in this version – it’s a very fun font to explore.”

FontShop Friday Five: FontBook, Comp Fonts, Oh My!

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.

FontBook is Back

It may have physically slimmed down, but the new FontBook is bigger than ever with a mind-blowing 620,000 type specimens. Your burning questions are answered in our FAQs.

Wild Webfont News

In case you missed it, Web FontFonts underwent a major overhaul this week. Several new fonts have been added, files updated, and they now include comp fonts so you can mock up your site offline.

New FontFonts Are Here

Several new FontFonts arrived at FontShop this week, along with others that we’ll be highlighting soon. Check out all of our July new fonts here.

Jam-Packed Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Read it here. You can subscribe to newsletters on this page to get this font deliciousness in your inbox twice a month.

Reminder: Tell Us What You Think

Don’t miss out on our 2011 Customer Survey! Click here to take the survey. All those who complete it by Friday, July 29 will receive a promo code for 20% off at FontShop!

Friday Five Fonts: FF Sero Pro by FontFont and FF Signa Serif Stencio Pro by Fontfont

Webfont Wednesday: Big News for Web FontFonts

In case you missed today’s newsletter, we’ve got a ton of updates in the world of Web FontFonts. In addition to several FontFonts adding web versions, there’s also all sorts of goodies packed into them. Check it out:

Designers rejoice! Comp fonts now included in Web FFs

Once again FontFont is leading the charge in webfont technology and making the lives of designers much easier! It’s now even simpler to involve great typefaces like FF Meta Web, FF Unit Web, or the new FF Sero Web in all phases of website creation. We know that during the design process it may be necessary to create page layouts of the proposed design using applications that don’t support WOFF/EOT fonts. For this purpose, Web FontFont archives now contain corresponding TrueType-flavored OpenType fonts for the offline design phase. As reflected in the amended Web FontFont EULA, these comp fonts may only be used for this specific purpose.

Improved Web FontFonts

Additionally, Web FontFonts have been reworked to ensure you end up with a smaller file size, additional optimization for Microsoft’s rendering API DirectWrite and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. In many of the files, you can also now choose between Oldstyle Figures and Proportional Lining Figures. If you’ve already purchased Web FontFonts, you can enjoy these enhancements; upgraded files are available for download in your account at no additional cost.

FontFont Subsetter

Once you’ve downloaded your Web FontFonts, use Subsetter to create a new, lighter webfont file tailored to the needs of your website. Learn more here.

Try Subsetter to Reduce Web FontFont File Size

Subsetter was designed with the needs of both web designers and developers in mind. Its purpose is simple — reduce the file size of your Web FontFonts to make your websites faster, optimize bandwidth usage, and reduce high-traffic costs. Subsetter allows you to strip out extraneous glyphs and data that you may not need, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning information. It will create a new, lighter webfont file tailored to your website.

On July 20, FontFont will be releasing an upgraded Web FontFont collection. To further optimize your Subsetter experience, we encourage you to re-download your Web FontFonts after July 20 to get the improved versions. This will ensure that you end up with a smaller file size, additional optimization for Microsoft’s rendering API DirectWrite, and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. Upgraded Web FontFont files will be available at no additional cost.

You can reduce your Web FontFont file sizes in a matter of moments with Subsetter’s easy, three-step process.

  1. Upload a Web FontFont.
  2. Strip out glyphs and data that may not be needed for a particular site, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning.
  3. Download your optimized font file.

Grab FF Nuvo Web for free and give Subsetter a try. Stay tuned to the FontFeed this week for a more in-depth look!

The Many Faces of Łukasz Dziedzic

In most type design, a bit of the designer’s personality is imprinted on the design. This might show through in certain characters, the way they treat their terminals and tails, the way each character interacts with the next. And sometimes the imprint is a little more… direct.

A little while back, we here at the ‘Shop were admiring the new FF More by Łukasz Dziedzic. As we were exploring the character set to see what sort of interesting glyphs could be highlighted in the newsletter, we found this charming fellow. You’ll sometimes see a foundry’s mark as a glyph in each font, and occasionally a seemingly unrelated dingbat will make an appearance. But this masked character seemed unique, and we wondered: is he hiding in all of Łukasz’ designs?
We jumped over to FF Clan, one of my personal favorites. And we were delighted to find, buried deep in the character set, an entirely different masked face. Even more intrigued, we searched through each of Łukasz’ other typefaces: FF Good, FF Mach, and FF Pitu, and sure enough each design had its own little avatar, each with their own personality befitting the typeface.

We’d forgotten all about these little Easter eggs, but thankfully we weren’t the only ones to uncover them. Adam Twardoch did, and he made great creative use of them. His inspiration led to this series of Planet of the Apes posters, also using FF Mach:

Head over to Adam’s Flickr page for more excellent work. Also check out this diagram on FontFont’s Flickr page, which shows every weight variant of every masked floating head from Łukasz’ families.

Staff Picks: June ’11

Summer is almost here and instead of hitting the books and taking exams, our staff  studied the gems in the FontShop archives to find this month’s Staff Picks. Here’s a sampling of our June selections:

Refrigerator Deluxe

Aaron’s June pick is Refrigerator Deluxe by Mark Simonson. The beginnings of this design date all the way back to 1988, inspired by vague memories of block-style lettering from Mark’s youth. As time went on, additional styles and alternate glyphs were added, leading to its Deluxe release in 2008. While the basic block-style lettering remains by default, Refrigerator Deluxe can transform into a stylized Art Deco face, both with squared and open shapes, with the flick of an OpenType feature. This User Guide gives a great overview of the available glyphs and features, and how to access them in various applications.

Download Refrigerator PDF Specimen (152 KB) and User Guide (41 KB).

FF Sanuk

One of my own picks for this month, Xavier Dupré‘s FF Sanuk is deceptively buoyant: its squared veneer gives way to a calligraphic flare. Take the lowercase ‘k’, for example — the foot tails off in a friendly way that you might not expect upon first glance. FF Sanuk has perfect form and character for the web, and was recently released as a Web FontFont.

Download FF Sanuk PDF Specimen (545 KB).

Blockhead Alphabet

Theresa chose a blast from the past: Blockhead Alphabet, a classic display face from John Hersey and Emigre. One of my earliest lettering memories as a child is the pride and sense of accomplishment I felt when I discovered how to make letters look three-dimensional. (Of course, this meant that every time a class project required a poster or some other visualization, I had an extra task.) Blockhead Alphabet is reminiscent of that childhood discovery, right down to the details of imperfection.

FontShop Friday Five: Webfont Week

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.

Roars of Excitement for Safari WOFF Support

We take a look at what Steve Jobs’ Lion announcement means for Web FontFonts.

Preview Webfonts with FontFonter

Want to preview those site updates you’re going to make? Take a look at the expanded Web FontFont selection on FontFonter.com.

Webfont Wednesday Series Launches

We were so excited about webfonts this week, we decided to start a weekly series to highlight them.

Foundry Focus: Fontsmith

Yves Peters interviews Jason Smith to get an inside look at this London-based foundry.

A Rocking Week for Type

The FontFeed reviews several dozen albums in this month’s My Type of Music.

Friday Five Fonts: FF Motter Festival by FontFont and Zamenhof by Castletype

FontFonter Update: Preview Web FontFonts on Any Site

Almost a year ago, we first announced FontFonter, a tool which allows you to temporarily replace sans and serif fonts on almost any website with a selection of Web FontFonts. Since then, FontFont has greatly expanded its Web FontFont selection, and that expansion has carried over to FontFonter: you can now preview over 40 Web FontFonts, ranging from trusty standbys like FF DIN Web, to some of the newer designs like FF More Web and FF Sanuk Web.

The process is simple: Go to FontFonter.com, type in a website URL, and FontFont It! You’ll then be able to specify which Web FontFonts you want to preview in a control panel at the top of the page; below will be the website you entered, with the chosen fonts replacing the default fonts used for that website. You can choose to replace all fonts with a single Web FontFont, or you can specify replacements for sans and serifs, respectively.

(Note that FontFonter doesn’t quite work as expected on 100% of sites. It will not work with secure sites [https], and will occasionally conflict with some sites’ Javascript or other code.)

Here are some examples to entice you:

FF Clan Web on Apple.com

FF Milo Serif Web on Google.com

Lukasz Dziedzic‘s serif and sans siblings FF More Web (navigation, headline) and FF Good Web (body) on Guardian.co.uk

FF Spinoza Web (navigation, headlines) and FF Basic Gothic Web (body) on NPR.org

FF Suhmo Web (headlines) and FF Hydra Text Web (body) on printmag.com

FF Chambers Sans Web on Flickr.com

FF Sanuk Web on tdc.org

Contest Winner Chats About Design

A close up of the detail on Balog’s winning entry.

As we reported last week, the winner of the recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts contest was Mladen Balog and his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s Violator album. We asked if Mladen would share a little about his experience with putting a entry together for the contest.

1) How did you pick FF Yokkmokk to use for the design?

Of the FontFonts eligible for the competition, FF Yokkmokk/Yakkmakk immediately stood out as the perfect fit for the album I had in mind. It has a warm, synth, electronic feel to it. You could say its idiosyncratic appearance makes it a ‘violator’.

2) How did you choose this album to rework?

There had already been a couple of great submissions to the Flickr pool like Kraftwerk, Blur, Radiohead (which got my vote) so the primary reason for entering the competition was curiosity. To see if the entry would create some kind of response, either positive or negative. The final result was a complete surprise.

The illustration was programmed in Processing. The program generates FF Yokkmokk’s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r chars (more than 70,000 instances) at random positions, matching the colour of the original image at that precise x/y coordinate. The end result looks fuzzy so the source album had to be instantly recognizable to everyone. Being a Depeche Mode fan from the late ’80s, Anton Corbijn’s strong imagery for Violator seemed only natural.

3) How did you hear about the contest?

Through FontShop’s twitter feed and blog posts.

4) How long have you been visiting FontShop?

Right from the start. You guys have a ton of interesting articles about typography on your various sites. Yves Peters’ ‘ScreenFonts’ and ‘My Type of Music’ series are especially enjoyable. I first found out about FontShop way back in early nineties, after seeing your print ads in the German ‘PAGE’ magazine.

5) What are you going to scoop up with your grand prize?

FF Suhmo is outstanding, a rightful recipient of TDC’s Certificate of Excellence. Can’t wait to try it out in Processing. Thanks to FontShop for holding the competition and to everybody who voted.

Congratulations Mladen Balog, Winner of Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest

Contest Submission: Depeche Mode - Violator by Mladen Balog

After a close public competition over the past week, a winner has emerged from the excellent crop of entrants in FontShop‘s Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest.

Snagging 11% of eligible votes, the creative redesign of Depeche Mode’s Violator album has made Mladen Balog the winner of $500 in credit toward FontFonts.

The illustration submitted is rendered with FF Yokkmokk ‘s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r glyphs (more than 70,000 of them). We’ll catch up with Mladen in a future post to learn about his process for the design and also what he plans to do with his new fonts.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the public voting process. And a HUGE thank you to those who bravely submitted their designs to the public eye. The Flickr group will remain live for your creative inspiration.

We appreciate any feedback you have on how the contest went, so let us know in the comments. If you liked this little competition perhaps we will have more fun in the future.

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