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Don’t Miss the Fontlympics!

We hear there’s some big event kicking off in London this Friday (no, not TYPO London – but you can win a conference ticket for October 19-20). Getting in the spirit of international competition, we’re holding a coinciding event – The 2012 Fontlympics — a celebration of fonts and their many feats!

Catch a preview in last week’s newsletter and make sure to subscribe to future issues to catch all of the events. Watch our TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest as we spotlight our typographic competitors over the 16 days of the games. And you will not want to miss staying tuned to the blog for a special interactive competition.

That’s right, beginning Monday, July 30 and ending Friday, August 10 the FontShop blog will host the Fontlympic Decathlon, pitting five typefaces against each other throughout 10 events. Vote each weekday for the best face in each event and help us determine the best all-around typeface.

Let the games begin!

Webfont Wednesday: Tweet This

It’s been awhile since we had a Webfont Wednesday, but we were thrilled when this caught our eye:

Yes, the folks over at (newly redesigned) Twitter put FF Tisa Web to simple and beautiful use in their 2011 Year in Review.

Easy to read, the typeface brings a unique clarity to summarizing a year on a service designed to get the message across quickly. We’re excited that FontFont webfonts can be a part of looking back at 2011, as we look forward to both tweets and typefaces in 2012!

Fontpocalypse Now

If you’ve been on the internet in recent days you’ve no doubt seen pieces of the “Is the world ending or isn’t it?” meme. We at FontShop want to make sure our customers are prepared for events real or imagined, so we posed a simple question on our Twitter and Facebook:

What if there was a Fontpocalypse? What one typeface would you want to be stuck using for eternity?

You folks certainly didn’t disappoint with your responses, so we had to share some of them here at the blog.

Obviously some people, like @CarltonSwift on Twitter have given this previous thought: “Comic Sans or Papyrus. I’d rather start off with a font I hate and learn to love it than vice versa.” Jerry Reyes, who likes us on Facebook, thought along similar lines: “Comic Sans, cause I’m a masochist…Or will I be a sadist? Hmmm…” Don’t despair gentlemen. Even if it’s the true Fontpocalypse, no need to go that far. Perhaps check out our Comic Sans Alternatives or Papyrus Alternatives as part of your emergency preparedness planning.

We have similar advice for those like @TrevorBaum who decided to face the Fontpocalypse with a positive outlook: “I’d choose something ‘happy’ like Curlz MT to keep my spirits up after the devastation of the Fontpocalypse.” Why not check out our Curlz Alternatives if you’re going to make this event a party?

Many folks chose Helvetica and Futura to keep with them, but don’t forget there are alternatives for each. Although, @PaulaandMimi did point out that Futura’s “Uppercase ‘M’ looks like some kinda ninja weapon,” which could help with survival.

As with any catastrophic event, there’s always got to be heroes. Perhaps @LSDeMonte is that of the Fontpocalypse, proclaiming “Mrs. Eaves. Hands down. Somebody’s gotta save the women ;-)

Happily FontFonts FF Basic Gothic, FF Din and FF Meta will survive the Fontpocalypse for some folks and we’ll continue to make them available for you at FontShop!

What would you pick to keep after the Fontpocalypse?

Header Fonts: Adolescent Regular by Creative Alliance and FF Matto Porco by FontFont

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