Monthly Archives: November 2011

Our Category page looks new.

We’ve updated our category page to make it easier to find the type you’re looking for, in the style you’re looking for. Designer Anna Eshelman worked in conjunction with me (David) and front-end developer Jacob Swartz to get the page looking and working right.

“When thinking about redesigning the category page, we wanted to make it easier for users to access bestsellers and subcategories of what they’re looking for – or to just simply explore. One of the goals of the new page was to shine a little more light on FontLists.”


Anna continues, “With thousands of families, fonts, and FontLists to keep in mind, presenting just a single visual for each category didn’t seem quite right. An idea sprouted and we decided to implement it: the example images for each category (“Sans”, “Serif”, etc.) rotate on refresh. If you mouse over, you’ll find out what typeface you’re looking at. Try it out!

New Fonts, October 2011

October left us with a number of great new additions, including the new foundry psType and a new product line for a new destination, mobile fonts. See all of October’s new fonts.

FF Good, FF CelesteFF Yoga & FF Suhmo Mobile Font packages

Mobile Fonts arrive. In the same way webfonts allow the designer to specify types outside of the web-safe options for the browser, mobile fonts give the app developer more choices that work at the application level on iPhone and iPad. Browse the Mobile FontFont microsite for a complete listing of fonts ready to embed in iOS apps.

Sweet Square by Mark van Bronkhorst, published by Sweet

Prior to type designer Mark van Bronkhorst’s expansion on the style into Sweet Square, the popular stationer’s face existed as type in the lone Sackers Square Gothic. Sweet Square completes the character set to include lowercase, and pairs the roman with an italic, in nine weights.

King Tut by Kevin King, published by Canada Type

King Tut is a wide slab serif family drawn from the 1850 Miller & Richard face Egyptian Expanded. The set extends from the monolinear thin weight to a rich heavy black weight, seven all together. The name, King Tut, makes a subtle reference to its author.

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!

Call for Input: Best of 2011

It’s definitely difficult to believe that it’s already November. We’re hard at work compiling our “Best of” lists before the holiday season distracts us. While we definitely have opinions amongst our staff on what typefaces and enhancements defined the year, we’d like to hear yours as well.

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.

Not sure if you’ll have motivation to volunteer picks? Let’s sweeten the pot a little bit. We’ll pick 10 lucky commenters to win a copy of the FontBook for iPad. Just leave your comment by November 30!

FontShop SF is Hiring

Looking for a great job opportunity in San Francisco? If you’re a creative, talented person with the skills to fulfill one the positions below, we want to meet you. We’re currently looking for: