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Write-In Vote Today: Your Picks for the Best of 2012

Tomorrow the US heads to the polls and today at FontShop we open up our comments section for you to tell us your picks for the “Best of 2012.” We’re sifting through fonts and foundries our “Best of” lists before the holidays begin. While our staff holds many thoughts about what blew us aways this year, we’d like to hear yours as well. Let us know in the comments below by November 30!
To get you started, here’s five typefaces added to FontShop this year. Don’t forget, you can play with them all in our Adobe Creative Suite Plugin to see how they mesh with your work.

Trim by Letters From Sweden

Winco by ReType

Storefront by Sudtipos

JAF Bernini Sans by Just Another Foundry

FF Chartwell by FontFont

Need some inspiration? Take a look back at some of our previous years’ posts. Next, flip through our New Fonts lists to see what’s come out this year. Then leave your picks in the comment section below.

Buyer’s Guide: FontList

Do you love fonts and lists? Then FontLists were made just for you. Curated by FontShop experts, these lists may help you find the fonts you need.

Use it to find fonts by Alternates, Genre, Award Winners and more.

Buyer’s Guide: History

With over 150,000 fonts to choose from, FontShop is a great place to browse for the perfect typeface you need. To help you with your journey we created the History section.

The History section, located in the upper right corner of FontShop, keeps track each font or product that you view on our site. If you’re logged in, then up to 250 products can be stored. Use it when you want to go back and see a font you may have forgotten to add to your Favorites.

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.

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!

Pinterested: New boards this week

One, two, three and to the fo’ — lowercase serifs are at the door. We have one new board up that’ll have you begging for more.

The two-story lowercase “g” can be a fun glyph, so we’ve gathered a variety of lowercase serif “g” forms for you to browse. Ranging from the classic Baskerville Old Face to the modern feeling of Ambroise to a glyph with more attitude from FF Oneleigh Pro.

Our Nuthin’ But A G Thang board — it’s like this and like that and like this and uh, check it out!

Pinterested: New boards this week

We have one new board for you this week that you can cuddle with all weekend. Our Give It A Hug board has fluffy, squishy, and cozy fonts that you can rest your eyes on from Rosetta’s plump script Sutturah to Sudtipos’ marshmallow face Fiance. If you find yourself falling asleep on your laptop often, why not drift off knowing you have a soft, pillowy font like Pinup Regular tucked away on your computer?

Don’t forget about our other boards we have up! We pin our favorites to our Staff Picks 2012 board, so if you’ve missed our selections from previous months, you can check out the various faces we love!

Buyer’s Guide: Font Formats

A couple weeks ago, we talked about how TrueType works with Macs — but what about the other formats, you ask? Let’s take a look at the different font formats:

OpenType, TrueType, and PostScript are the various formats that you might find fonts available in. OpenType and TrueType are compatible on both Macs and PCs while PostScript fonts are computer-specific. Webfonts come in two formats — EOT and WOFF — that you can read more about in our “What is EOT and WOFF?” post. If you’re deciding which format is the best option for you, here are some points to remember:

OpenType fonts are usually the best option, as they work on both Mac and PCs. However, not all applications are “OpenType-savvy”, so there might be some cool OpenType features like swashes and stylistic alternates that you may not be able to access if you don’t plan on using design tools such as Adobe Creative Suite programs.

TrueType fonts are a better choice if you plan on using Microsoft Office programs such as Word or Powerpoint. MS Office programs have little to no support for OpenType and tend to have issues accessing those cool swashes you want to use.

PostScript fonts are a legacy format that tend to cause issues on newer computers, which is typically why we suggest choosing OpenType or TrueType whenever possible. PostScript fonts are computer specific, meaning they will only work on either a Mac or PC, not both.

Webfonts cannot be installed on your computer but are instead used in coding for websites, typically using the @font-face CSS rule.

While browsing the fonts on FontShop, you’ll notice that they’ll have some kind of indicator of what format they’re available in, similar to the icons in the Font Format guide above.

Pinterested: New boards this week

Dive into our Pinterest boards this week with a recap of the Great American Typefaces we covered in our July 4th Newsletter and a collection of fun fonts on our water-themed board.

Last month, we listed out our Top 10 Great American Typefaces in our July 4th Newsletter — if you need to refresh your memory or are feeling patriotic, our Great American Faces board features the fonts from our Independence Day focus on American typography including Sweet Sans and Goudy’s Decorative Initials.

As the end of summer is nearing, it’s still important to stay hydrated! August is National Water Quality Month in the US, so we went fishing in our ocean of fonts for some water-themed faces from Linotype’s WaterFlag Regular and F2F Whale Tree Std Regular to Electric Typographer’s Finfont — you can find these gems in our Water You Waiting For board.

Quench your thirst for typography with these two new Pinterest boards!

Buyer’s Guide: Trying fonts with the FontShop Plugin

If you haven’t already downloaded our FontShop Plugin for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, you’re missing out! Free and easy to use, you can preview any font available on FontShop as long as you have Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator CS5 or above.


When downloading the Plugin, a .zxp file will be downloaded that contains the Plugin for both Photoshop and Illustrator — if you only have one of these programs, you won’t be able to download a separate plugin for either program. Instead, the .zxp file opens up Adobe Extension Manager, which will automatically detect whether you have Photoshop, Illustrator, or both. Don’t worry if you have Photoshop but not Illustrator or vice versa — you’ll still be able to install the Plugin even if you only have one of these programs on your computer.

If you have any questions on how to install or use the Plugin, you can read more about it on the FontShop Plugin page. Don’t forget that our Plugin is still in its beta stage, so if you encounter any issues or have any feedback, please let us know!

While the FontShop Plugin is great for testing out desktop fonts before buying, if you’re looking to test a webfont by FontFont, you can go to FontFonter to try select Web FontFonts on any website.

Pinterested: New boards this week

This week got off to an exciting start with pictures from Mars, so we felt the need to travel through space and time using the cosmic selection of fonts available at FontShop. We created two fun Pinterest boards — you can choose to space out in a galaxy of fonts or ride on a typographic carousel!

Blasting off with inspiration from familiar Sci-Fi movie posters, you’ll find fonts that fit your futuristic, techno, or alien design needs on our Spacing Out board. Dare mighty things with Starlet Bold from Gestalten or have a friend decode a message you set in Aliens OT from Elsner+Flake.

Did you know that National Clown Week in the US is August 1–7? If you missed clowning around, don’t worry — our That’s In Tents! board will help you catch up on the fun. With a board full of lively fonts, you can use Plaza or the layered Dusty Circus Family to create your own circus at home.

Check us out on Pinterest to find these quirky characters that will take you through the cosmos and into a circus. Intense!

Pinterested: New boards this week

This week, we got in touch with our inner video game geek and our crafty side. We have two new Pinterest boards up where you’ll be able to look into the world of video games and sewing through typography!

From cross-stitching to knitting, we have a selection of fonts and fStop images that will help inspire you to finish those last few scarf rows or that last page in your summer scrapbook. Take a look at our Sew Creative board — Stina Regular and P22 Folk Art Cross will keep you stitching!


We also put together a collection of pixel fonts that will remind you of the days you had to blow into a cartridge to make a game work. Our Like A Boss board brings back 8-bit memories — finding the Triforce, fighting off the undead in Transylvania, realizing the Princess is in another castle. Maybe you can use Lomo Std or Sys Flash Ten and create your own video game.

Before you dust off that NES in your closet or go searching for embroidery needles, be sure to follow us on Pinterest — the Fontlympics are still going on!

Pinterested: New boards this week

As things kick off in London today, we’ll be pinning athletic design inspiration on our Fontlympics 2012 Pinterest board.

Next week, we’ll be hosting the Fontlympic Decathlon on our blog. The five typefaces that will be competing against each other in various events next week will be showcased not only on the blog, but the Fontlympics Pinterest board as well — you won’t want to miss out on which face will be crowned the best all-around typeface!

Besides the Fontlympics, we couldn’t contain our excitement for the release of the Dark Knight trilogy finale last week and took a look into the use of typography in the bat years gone by.

From the onomatopoeia discussed on the FontFeed a couple months ago to the comical lettering of Adam West days, Batman has flown through sharply edged letters to shiny type to serifs and finally down to simple sans for the Dark Knight trilogy. Check out the typographic evolution of Batman beginning with movie posters from the 1940s on our Holy Typography Batman! Pinterest board.

And for the coffee-holics anonymous out there, we have a Pinterest board just for you:

On our new Mugshot board, you’ll find a selection of coffee-themed fonts and matching images from fStop. Every time you feel like you’re having a case of the Mondays, head on over to our Pinterest to find type samples and images that will make you feel better.

Have a Pinterest-ing weekend!

Just like webfonts and OpenType in the font world, there’s no escaping Pinterest in the social media realm. We created boards to share with you on Pinterest — from new fonts to type in the wild to inspiring typography designs, we’ll be pinning some of our favorite finds from around the internet as well as showing off the great fonts we have available on FontShop!

If you miss an update or like to go back to see old posts such as our Staff Picks, our Pinterest boards will be a good source to keep you up to speed with our happenings. New fonts available on FontShop and any announcements can be seen on our New & Noteworthy board and helpful resources we have to offer can be found on our Typography 101 board.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, we also have a visual list of the fonts that were featured in our Best of 2011 newsletter last year. We’ll be recapping our Best of 2011 Typefaces through Pinterest with more eye candy for your typographical needs.

Every week, we’ll feature a typeface and showcase examples of fonts in use as well as relevant images from fStop with our “In Your Face” boards (e.g. Bello Pro). You’ll also be able to learn more about type designers with our “Designer Spotlight” boards (e.g. Goudy), which will focus on their work and influence.

We like to have fun here at FontShop — if you’re Pinterested, check out some of our other boards: Swashbucklers, Drop Cap It Like It’s Hot, and Amplified!

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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