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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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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.

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