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Theresa’s Tip: A Designer’s Guide to Webfonts

You’ve heard about Web FontFonts, but if you’re still not sure what they are and how to use them then don’t fret. FontShop created a guide to get you up to date on what webfonts are and how to use Web FontFonts. Just go to our education page to view the guide online and if you need to brush up on your typography then we have guides for that too.

You can also download the PDF here.

Theresa’s Tips: Preview Web FontFonts on any website with FontFonter

FontFonter is free tool that lets you try Web FontFonts on any website. It was introduced almost two years ago and continues to be one of the easiest ways to comp an existing site with Web FontFonts. Just go to FontFont.com, type in a website, and FontFont It! Here are more tips and examples to help you out.

Theresa’s Tips: Optimize Web FontFonts with Subsetter

FontFont Subsetter is free tool that allows you to optimize your licensed Web FontFonts by stripping out glyphs and data that you don’t need. All you have to do is upload your licensed Web FontFont on Subsetter, choose how you want to customize it, then download your new web font. In three easy steps you’ll have leaner file that will help make your website faster, while optimizing bandwidth usage, and reducing high-traffic cost. Try it today!

Theresa’s Tips: Hosting Web FontFonts on Typekit

FontShop makes hosting Web FontFonts on Typekit easy.

When you purchase a license from FontShop for a Web FontFont you can self host the typeface, or you can take advantage of our partnership with Typekit. It’s just a simple click on the link we provide on your check out confirmation page. If you don’t have a Typekit account, then you can set up a plan that’s right for you. Please note that only Web FontFonts can be hosted on Typekit from FontShop.

Theresa’s Tips: Web FontFont licenses and how they work.

FontShop sells three different types of licenses: Desktop, Web, and Mobile. Here are some tips to help you with your Web FontFont purchase.

A license for a Web FontFont is based on the number of pageviews a single website has in a month, lets call them “pvm” for short. Once you place a web font into your cart, you can choose to purchase a license from three tiers: 500,000 pvm, 5 million pvm, or 50 million pvm. Please note that you can always extend your license to support additional pvm or request for a quote if you need to support more than 50 million pvm by contacting us.

Web FontFonts are licensed by the average pageviews per month of all the domains within the licensing organization.

All Web FontFonts come with three font files: Comp, EOT, and WOFF. The Comp file is an TrueType-flavored OpenType font that can only be used in the design phase of  website. A separate license is needed if you need to use the Comp files for any other purpose and the use of Comp files within a website is prohibited.

You can find all the web fonts we sell here and all FontFont’s EULAs hereHere are FAQ regarding web fonts.

Theresa’s Tips: FontShops and where they live

I’m back to offer some tips for you in 2012! My previous post went over the different sites FontShop is connected with, but did you know where all the FontShop offices live? No? Well, let’s clear that up right now.

There are four main FontShop offices and if you need help with anything you can contact your local FontShop for support.

FontShop AG – Supports all customers in Germany.
email: Info@FontShop.de
twitter: @Fontblog


FontShop BeNeLux
– Supports all customers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
email: Info@FontShop.be
twitter: @FontShopBeNeLux

FontShop Austria – Supports all customers in Austria.
email: Office@FontShop.at

FontShop San Francisco – Supports all North and South America, plus the rest of the world.
email: Info@FontShop.com
twitter: @FontShop

You can also give us a call!

Theresa’s Tips: Roll Call

You may be familiar with FontShop, but do you know about all the other sites that we’re connected with? If not, then here’s a brief introduction to them.

The FontFeed is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.

FontFont, our foundry, is the world’s largest library of original contemporary typefaces, such as FF DIN and FF Meta.

FontFonter is a web tool that allows you to render Web FontFonts on any website. Basically allowing you to test out a webfont on your site instantly, which is perfect when you want to show your client what their site could look like in a different typeface.

Subsetter is another great tool that helps you decrease the size of a Web FontFont. In three easy steps, you can optimize your Web FontFont at no cost to you. Read more here.

The latest addition is Mobile FontFonts and if you’re building an iOS App then you should start by checking these faces out.

Also, TYPO San Francisco will take place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), April 5-6, 2012 centering around the theme Connect. So head on over to TYPO Talks for a taste of what to expect.

Theresa’s Tips: Finding Inspiration

If you’re like me and need a bit of inspiration to get your creativity going, then FontShop has great archives you should check out.

Our Gallery has a curated collection of typefaces being used in the real world and is categorized based on the type of projects those images fall into. For example, you can choose to view all the images for packaging if you wanted. You can even submit images to our gallery using the bookmarklet tool.

If you ever missed a newsletter from FontShop or accidentally deleted one you were saving, don’t fret! We’ve stored all of our previous FontShop Newsletters here. Sign up to receive them, if you haven’t already. You don’t want to miss our Best of 2011 (and don’t forget to submit your suggestions for the chance to win a FontBook app for iPad).

Our education page is a favorite resource for students and educators. It provides typographic tips available in PDFs that you can download for free, which is nice when you need to brush up on terms.

Hope you enjoy our archives. Are we missing anything that may be useful to you? Let us know in the comments.

Theresa’s Tips: Buying Fonts for Others

It’s never too early to think about purchasing a gift for a loved one this holiday season and sometimes trying to find something for the creative individual on your list can be daunting. So how about purchasing a license for a typeface on their want list?

For example, I’m purchasing Filmotype Gay OT for a friend and I want to make sure that the license is under their name. Once I’ve placed the product in my cart and entered the payment information, I’ll be taken to the order confirmation page where I can change the license.

Looks like the license is still in my name, so I’ll have to change it. And once that’s done I’ll be all set to purchase the license.

Since the font isn’t licensed to me, I’ll have to download the zip file with a copy of the EULA to give to my friend. Wasn’t that easy? Now the hard part is narrowing down the typefaces you want to license!

Theresa’s Tips: Desktop, Web, and Mobile Licenses

If you’re starting your project, you’ll want to think about where you will want your typeface to live. Do you want to create mobile applications for the iPhone? Will you need to spruce up your website? Are you creating marketing materials or graphics for a product? So many questions, but hopefully I can help you sort out the type of license you’ll need with this brief overview of what FontShop offers.

When viewing our site you’ll see three types of licenses: Desktop, Web, and Mobile. A desktop license allows a font to live on your computer. The software is installed on your system so that you can use that font in various programs, such as MS Office or Adobe Creative Suite. Most desktops licenses do not allow you to include the font software on your website or mobile app, so additional licenses are needed.

Web licenses allow your fonts to live on your website using the CSS @font-face rule. Fonts that are made for the web can be in different formats, with the most common being WOFF. You can view all webfonts available here.

Mobile licenses are the latest addition and will allow a developer to include fonts into an app. The best part of a mobile license is that once the developers are licensed, they are not limited to the number of apps they can create and the license is perpetual, just like web and desktop licenses. Also, Mobile Fonts have web and desktop counter parts.

Friday Five: TYPO London, Mobile Fonts, and Must Reads

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 London 2011 “Places”

Can’t make it to Typo London? Don’t fret! Follow @typoconf and #typo11 via Twitter to get updates from the conference. There are also two live streams scheduled for each day.

Mobile and Web FontFonts

With the introduction of Mobile FontFonts, you can now move your online brand to mobile.

New Foundry, New Fonts, and ISTD 2011 Award Winners

Read the latest newsletter to find out who won and then visit our new foundry, psType.

Tip Roundup

Have you been following Theresa’s Tips? If not, then here’s your chance to catch up! Read it here.

On the FontFeed

Yves Peters covers “French Advertising Alphabets from 1946“.

Friday Five Fonts: Neplus Ultra OT by psType and FF Dagny by FontFont

Theresa’s Tips: Review

It’s time to highlight and link to all the previous tips, so if you haven’t been following them then here’s what you’ve missed. We started with brief introduction to the formats that FontShop offers then delved into three features of the site: History, Favorites, and the Shopping Cart.

We kept the ball rolling with an overview of the tabs you see on a product page that allow you to view specimens and even similar typefaces.

There is even a way to see if the typeface you want to license supports a specific language.

And if you’ve been following my tips you should now know where to find licenses, get an overview of your shopping cart, and obtain a quote.

One more thing, the My Account section is another area that is overlooked, so we covered that as well. Why? Because FontShop stores all your account information here and if you wanted to change a password, view your license agreement, or download your fonts again then you can.

We also have a Help Desk, where we go over common questions customers have asked us in the past. Now you’re up to date with all the previous post.

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