Category Archives: FontShop Products

FF Backstage

FF Backstage by Stephan Müller, Cornel Windlin

FontFonts from the Collection Tier are value-minded font packages, combining cohesive designs from individual families, or multiple faces from multiple designers. FF Backstage is three stencil faces: FF Chernobyl, FF Container, and FF Water Tower.

FF Elementa

FF Elementa & FF Elementa Rough by Mindaugas Strockis

FF Pitu

FF Pitu by Lukasz Dziedzic

FF Acanthus

We just found this little gem hiding out in the FontFont Collection Tier:

FF Acanthus by Akira Kobayashi

FF Gothic

FF Gothic by Neville Brody

Expanded Webfont Offerings at

In recent years, FontShop has been the place to acquire great Web FontFonts, but what about webfonts from other foundries? We’re excited to tell you that in recent weeks we’ve been adding oodles of webfonts to the catalog.

You can now find webfonts from:

You’ll notice a blue “web” icon as you browse the site.

For now only Web FontFonts purchased on FontShop can be used with Typekit. Please stay tuned to this blog for more updates and tools to help you continue to create beautiful websites.

FF Parango

FF Parango by Xavier Dupré

FF Parango is Xavier Dupré’s first take on the French Oldstyle. Swash caps are the default for the italic, though non-swashed caps are accessible as a stylistic set via OpenType.

FF Beowolf & FF BeoSans

FF Beowolf & FF BeoSans by Erik van Blokland, Just van Rossum

Beowolf began as randomfont, a face whose contours changed at random with the aid of PostScript hacks. Seen together here with its serifless companion BeoSans, the two allow the designer to select the desired level of distortion to the glyph outlines. Make sure contextual alternates are turned on via the OpenType panel in order to experience the face at its full technical potential. FF Beowolf is part of the MoMA’s permanent collection of digital types within its Architecture and Design Collection.

Too Much News

Alright here’s the straight story: We here at FontShop have got too much to talk about and too little time in which to do it. We’ll hash these out in more detail in future newsletters and blog posts, but for now and in the meantime here are all the latest faces available on

Two new foundries

Cape Arcona Type Foundry
Face Type

Plus these fresh faces

Alphabet Soup


Font Bureau

Canto / Brush
Prensa Display
Stilson / Display / Condensed



FF Plus Sans

FF Plus Sans by Jürgen Huber

FF Plus Sans, part of the FontFont Collection Tier comes in four weights in both Roman and italic. Plus Sans excels at text.

From the FontFont Collection Tier

Back when FontFont split its library into tiers, most of the attention went to the Premium FontFonts, because they were the top selling, and the Free FontFonts, because, well, the price was right. In between these two the foundry placed a third tier called Collection FontFonts. The formats and package options of these exotic and hardworking faces were simplified, and the prices reduced. As a result, members of the Collection tier make up some of FontFont’s highest bang-per-buck families.

So we decided to pull out some of these and polish them up a bit, and make a series of it to run through May. After all, the rediscovery of fresh work that’s grown unfamiliar can be just as satisfying as coming across the new. From the FontFont Collection tier:

FF Airport by Cornel Windlin, Stephan Müller

FF Ticket by Daniel Fritz

Whether the job is related to air transit or ticketed events, or either is only the lens through which your brief takes its cues, these two families offer both pattern and texture to your visual vocabulary.

Unboxing the FontShop Plugin for Photoshop

During TYPO last week, Erik Spiekermann, along with conference organizers Meghan Arnold and Michael Pieracci announced something new to change the way designers select and use fonts. With the new FontShop plugin you can try any of the fonts in our library without ever leaving Photoshop, and once you’re ready to buy, the plugin makes it easy.

To download the plugin, visit the FontShop Plugin page on our website and follow the instructions. Note that the plugin is for CS 5 and later, and if your computer’s operating system is OSX Lion, you’ll likely need to update your Adobe Extension Manager. Details are on the site.

After opening the downloaded file, Adobe Extension Manager should handle the installation for you. Start up or restart Photoshop and select ‘FontShop’ under the ‘Window » Extensions’ menu up top.

To see the plugin in action, just open a file with a visible text layer in it, make sure no text is selected, and click on ‘Preview’ under one of the fonts displayed.

The text is displayed in the new font. Scroll down with the down arrows, and search or browse categories to see more selections. To try a different font, make sure the original text layer is visible again, and repeat.

The plugin is still in beta, so please, let us know what’s not working for you, what is, etc.. We appreciate your voice in making the plugin a valuable tool for putting great fonts into the hands of great designers.

Discover More Typefaces with New Show FontLists Tab

We’re excited to announce the addition of a more robust FontList tool on today. Now when you browse font packages, you’ll see a new tab marked “Show FontLists.” If the font is listed in any Fontlist, you’ll see a list of where else you can find it on the site. When you mouse over the FontList name, you’ll get a preview of the list.

This is a great way for you to unearth Alternatives, Applications, Award Winners and more. Let us know what you think of the new feature in the comments section!

Wedding Invitation Fonts & Typography

It’s Valentines Day. And on the off chance that means you’re getting married soon, we here at FontShop congratulate you and hope it’s of some service our putting together a list of recommended faces for your invitations.

Elegy by Ed Benguiat, Jim Wasco; published by ITC

It is clearly important that Americans misspell the word honor.

Novia by Cyrus Highsmith of Font Bureau

Compendium, Burgues Script by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos

These two both interest me because of their departure from more established formal calligraphic styles in pursuit of practical 19th century penmanship.

P22 Allyson by Paul Hunt

Premiéra by Thomas Gabriel; published by Typejockeys

MVB Verdigris by Mark van Bronkhorst

Something casual; Feel Script from Sudtipos.

On getting just the right typographic feel, the work of the typographer of course extends well beyond the type selection process. If you’re a young designer, let me suggest just a few things to keep in mind starting out:

Choose an appropriate and flattering medium. Try a few different sizes of paper dummy. Package each as they’ll travel in the mail, and post them to yourself. This confronts the cost of postage from the outset. If environmental impact is chief among your concerns, consider dispensing with the interior envelope, or going with electronic only invitations.

Think about different processes and design to process. If printing letterpress from photopolymer plates for example, have someone familiar with the strengths and limitations of the process help you. Other common processes include engraving, foil stamping, thermography, letterpress printing from moveable type, lithography, and digital. If your printer quotes you a digital option, make sure you know what he or she means (usually sheetfed inkjet, but lately the term has also come to mean monochromatic or color laser).

Establish harmonious proportions. The invitation should feel good to the hand and its message clear to the eye. The size of the type, as well as the size of the margins should relate to the media that carries it. If designing in multiple sizes or styles, adhere your text to a sufficiently coarse baseline grid.

Don’t ‘brand’ this. Make it beautiful, and avoid the temptation of applying logotypes or monograms to everything. Carefully controlled, understated typography is one of the best ways of developing a consistent voice.

Do what you like. One of the things that makes a good typographer invaluable to her or his client is the ability to be arbitrary when necessary. Don’t care for this J? Try an I instead.

Submit Your Best of Picks by Friday

Big thanks go out to everyone who has submitted your best of 2011 picks so far!

As you may recall, you had until November 30 (that’s today) to leave your picks on this blog post and 
be entered to win a copy of the FontBook for iPad.

Well, in the spirit of the holidays we’re giving you a couple of extra days. Please leave your comment on the original post by Friday, December 2 and next week we’ll pick our 10 faves. Feel free to get creative as to why you picked it.

Feel free to look back at our 2011 newsletters for a little extra inspiration. We look forward to seeing your picks!