Category Archives: Staff Picks

FontShop Friday Five: Promos & Picks

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.

May ’11 Staff Picks

They’re here! May’s crop of fonts handpicked by the FontShop team. Read a little bit more here about who picked them and why.

OurType Promo Ends May 31

Why not give yourself a mid-month treat and take advantage of the incredible discount from OurType? From now until May 31, OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon are being offered for an astounding 50% off. Use the promotional code OURTYPE50 during checkout for any product from these three families.

Read All About it in the FontShop Newsletter

Did you miss our latest newsletter on Wednesday? Catch up here. You can subscribe on this page so you don’t miss out in the future.

Azuro in the News

In case you didn’t see, Azuro got some love from Gizmodo last week. And don’t forget through May 31, FontShop customers can enjoy a 90% discount off  both the desktop and web version!

In the Event of the Fontpocalypse, Read This Post

We had some fun today leading the discussion about what typefaces you’d keep if the world ended.

Friday Five fonts: Design System By Flat-it Type Foundry and FF Meta Serif By FontFont

May ’11 Staff Picks

This month’s Staff Picks are a bold, striking group — a little something for everybody. Here’s a taste:

FF Jackie Pro

Download the PDF (393 KB).

The newest member of our team, Anna, picked FF Jackie this month — a favorite of mine as well. Designer Dario Muhafara drew inspiration from the Jack Daniels label script, and expanded upon it with swash caps, alternate glyphs, and an excellent Block variant. FF Jackie is one of many Upright Scripts at FontShop, some of which also have similarities to the Jack Daniels label. Further investigation and comparison is necessary, preferably on the rocks.


Download the PDF (70 KB).

Longtime FontShopper Jason Chapin throws down hard with his pick Facebuster, by designer Silas Dilworth. It’s one part Lively Old West, two parts Don’t Mess With Me. Use at large sizes, and at your own risk.

Novel Sans

One of Aaron’s picks this month is Novel Sans from Christoph Dunst. Novel Sans is a legible, high-x-height, contemporary sans serif with a touch of classical elegance that it borrows from its lovely serifed sister, Novel.

FontShop’s Friday Five: Contest, Promotion, and More

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder now and then of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Deadline Sunday! Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest

Do your weekend plans include finalizing your design for the FontShop Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest? Public voting starts next week, so make sure you’ve posted to our Flickr group by 11:59 PM (PDT) Sunday evening. The winner will get a $500 credit toward any FontFont package, so don’t delay. You can submit up to three entries and make sure to tag them with the fonts you use. Don’t have a Flickr account? Email your submissions to

50% off Our Type Promotion

We mentioned this last week, but it bears repeating, OurType is offering an incredible promotion to FontShop customers this spring. From now until May 31, OurType’s Meran, Eva, and Fayon are being offered for an astounding 50% off. Use the promotional code OURTYPE50 during checkout for any product from these three families.

April Staff Picks Live

Our staff spent the month scouring fonts new and old to pick some gems for you to consider. Read some background in our blog post or check out the full list here.

On the FontFeed

After recovering from a storm in the cloud, Yves talks about our contest and his own real album design for his band, Rosa Luxe* , utilizing TypejockeysIngeborg and FF Hydra.

The Typewriter May Be Dead, But Its Fonts Live On

Finally, this week Mashable reported the possible death of the once-beloved typewriter. If you’re feeling nostalgic, we recommended coping by exploring our Typewriter Fontlist.

April ’11 Staff Picks

Our April 2011 Staff Picks have arrived! Let these favorite fonts shower your designs with inspiration in the coming month.


We here at FontShop San Francisco love the Bay Area, and we love retro, so Jim Parkinson‘s showcard lettering typeface Hotel, inspired by signage still seen in Oakland, CA, is a staff pick shoe-in.

Le Monde Courrier

Download Le Monde Courrier specimen PDF(246 KB).

Jean-François Porchez‘s Le Monde Courrier is but one part of the extensive Le Monde superfamily. Named after the French publication for which it was designed, Le Monde is sometimes serious, sometimes playful, but always maintains a level of sophistication. The Courrier variant straddles the line between typewritten and handwritten, and was designed to be impervious to the imperfections of various printed media.

Also included in April’s Staff Picks is Meran Condensed Black by OurType, just one of the FREE OurType fonts being offered until May 31. Read about our OurType promotion here.

March ’11 Staff Picks

Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere and so have our March 2011 Staff Picks! Here’s just a sample of fonts that will surely make your designs bloom.

The Axel Family, designed by Erik Spiekermann for FontShop AG, was intended as a solution for spreadsheet users who were stuck with Arial and Verdana for their tables. Axel’s legibility and economy are results of its condensed, open design and its expertly hinted TrueType outlines. And speaking of economy, the four-font package rings up at under $80.

Image courtesy of Dharma Type

Not all scripts have to be “flowery” this spring. For one that makes a bold statement, try HT Maison from Flat-it Type Foundry. HT Maison was inspired by 1950s Italian shopfront lettering, and fits right in with designer Ryoichi Tsunekawa‘s collection of retro type.

Image courtesy of Process Type Foundry

Seravek from Process Type Foundry is a linear sans serif designed to perform in identity, editorial, and information design with a quiet efficiency. Its tool belt is fully equipped with OpenType features such as small caps and figure variants, as well as Western, Central European, and Turkish language character sets.

This is just a taste of what we’ve picked for you this month. Check out the rest of our March 2011 Staff Picks here.

January ’11 Staff Picks

The first FontShop Staff Picks of 2011 are up. Now that we’ve got our new blog rolling, I thought we could show off a few of our picks in more detail.

First up is Henrietta Samuels from Samuelstype. Like the aforementioned FF Mister K, Henrietta Samuels is full of extra ligatures and stylistic alternatives to help avoid identical forms of a single character, or combination thereof. (Notice the differing ‘ra’ ligatures above.) There’s a certain quirky, imperfect decadence to the typeface that makes it unique. Exclusive to FontShop.

Download the PDF (229 KB).

Reservation Wide, designed by Silas Dilworth of the TypeTrust, is an extended neo-grotesque face intended for headlines. Dilworth originally designed Reservation Wide for the Food Network, which uses the typeface (originally named Majestos) on its website and in on-air promos. Its terminals have a slight angle, keeping it open and approachable—one might even say appetizing. As an avid Food Network watcher, it has a place near and dear to my stomach.

Download the PDF (279 KB).

Calluna from exljbris is a playful text face that comes fully loaded with all of your favorite OpenType features. Jos Buivenga happened upon the basic structure of Calluna while “fiddling around a bit with Museo“. A fortunate accident, which you can read about in the specimen PDF. Also fortunate (which may be an understatement): you can download the Regular weight of Calluna for free. Once you’re hooked, pick up the 8-style family pack.

Remember to check out the rest of our January 2011 Staff Picks.