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Congrats Wedding Month Winners!

We had so much fun hearing your wedding stories and seeing your gorgeous designs throughout June’s Wedding Month! Today we’re pleased to announce the winners of our two contests.


Congratulations to Great Pair, Katie & Jerry, on winning help from type expert David Sudweeks to pick out $100 toward fonts for their wedding. Our blog readers voted Katie’s story their favorite. We love it too – and are sure David will find typefaces for them with that perfect “opposites attract” feel.

Jerry and I met in college while on a trip with mutual friends to an ice skating rink. By the end of our first night I knew that he was an accomplished figure skater (hot!), that he loved Bill Nye the Science Guy, and that I was completely smitten. It took me a while to convince him that we were perfect for each other…I had a head of bright pink hair, he definitely did not; he was a gamer, I was not; he was the pickiest eater I had ever met (the only fruit he ate was apples, his diet consisted of plain pasta, rice, chicken, and Goldfish crackers), I was kind of horrified that my usual method of wooing (lots, and lots of food) was just not going to work. But here we are, almost 5 years later. I’ve become a gamer, he eats like a human, and no one has pink hair. I cannot imagine my life without him. Somehow, together we equal more than the sum of our parts, and our differences balance us. We’re getting married 10/4/14 (10+4=14! nerds!) and would like to find typefaces that are as great together as we are.

“We’re so excited,” Katie says upon winning the contest. “We live in Boston, MA where Jerry is working towards a PhD in Chemistry and I am working as a fledgling museum exhibit developer. We’re getting married in the Hudson Valley near the college (and ice skating rink) where we met.”

With dozens of entries into our Design Contest, the competition remained close on our Pinterest board until the end. A big congratulations to Wes Lyman, whose stationery design for his 2012, garnered 63 likes by voting deadline. We echo Wes’ sentiments: “The board hosted a lot of great work!” “

Wes used SudtiposBurgues Script and Adobe Garamond Pro to create this gorgeous collateral letter pressed in PMS 325 and Black on natural white letter press paper.

A huge thanks to all of those who entered both contests! Let us know if in the comments if you’d like to see more in the future.

Contest Winner Chats About Design

A close up of the detail on Balog’s winning entry.

As we reported last week, the winner of the recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts contest was Mladen Balog and his interpretation of Depeche Mode’s Violator album. We asked if Mladen would share a little about his experience with putting a entry together for the contest.

1) How did you pick FF Yokkmokk to use for the design?

Of the FontFonts eligible for the competition, FF Yokkmokk/Yakkmakk immediately stood out as the perfect fit for the album I had in mind. It has a warm, synth, electronic feel to it. You could say its idiosyncratic appearance makes it a ‘violator’.

2) How did you choose this album to rework?

There had already been a couple of great submissions to the Flickr pool like Kraftwerk, Blur, Radiohead (which got my vote) so the primary reason for entering the competition was curiosity. To see if the entry would create some kind of response, either positive or negative. The final result was a complete surprise.

The illustration was programmed in Processing. The program generates FF Yokkmokk’s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r chars (more than 70,000 instances) at random positions, matching the colour of the original image at that precise x/y coordinate. The end result looks fuzzy so the source album had to be instantly recognizable to everyone. Being a Depeche Mode fan from the late ’80s, Anton Corbijn’s strong imagery for Violator seemed only natural.

3) How did you hear about the contest?

Through FontShop’s twitter feed and blog posts.

4) How long have you been visiting FontShop?

Right from the start. You guys have a ton of interesting articles about typography on your various sites. Yves Peters’ ‘ScreenFonts’ and ‘My Type of Music’ series are especially enjoyable. I first found out about FontShop way back in early nineties, after seeing your print ads in the German ‘PAGE’ magazine.

5) What are you going to scoop up with your grand prize?

FF Suhmo is outstanding, a rightful recipient of TDC’s Certificate of Excellence. Can’t wait to try it out in Processing. Thanks to FontShop for holding the competition and to everybody who voted.

Congratulations Mladen Balog, Winner of Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest

Contest Submission: Depeche Mode - Violator by Mladen Balog

After a close public competition over the past week, a winner has emerged from the excellent crop of entrants in FontShop‘s Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest.

Snagging 11% of eligible votes, the creative redesign of Depeche Mode’s Violator album has made Mladen Balog the winner of $500 in credit toward FontFonts.

The illustration submitted is rendered with FF Yokkmokk ‘s v-i-o-l-a-t-o-r glyphs (more than 70,000 of them). We’ll catch up with Mladen in a future post to learn about his process for the design and also what he plans to do with his new fonts.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the public voting process. And a HUGE thank you to those who bravely submitted their designs to the public eye. The Flickr group will remain live for your creative inspiration.

We appreciate any feedback you have on how the contest went, so let us know in the comments. If you liked this little competition perhaps we will have more fun in the future.

Font Shop Friday Five: Don’t Forget to Vote

Friday FIveWe 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.

Don’t Forget to Vote for Your Favorite Design in the Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest!

Voting went live on Tuesday and the competition is fierce. Make sure your opinion gets counted. You can only vote once, so choose wisely. Public voting is open until 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 8. You may vote once via this survey.

Check Out Our May 4 Newsletter

In case you missed it our latest newsletter hit inboxes this Wednesday. It features new fonts from Font Bureau and PSY/OPS  and a new family from TypeTrust. To subscribe to the newsletter, sign up here.

Known Issue with Facebook Registration

Our apologies once again to those who encountered site issues earlier this week. We are still working diligently on the issue and will have an update for you next week.

On the FontFeed

Yves talks about the TypeTalks2 Symposium and gives you a special edition of ScreenFonts.

Our Type Promotion Continues

The incredible discount from OurType continues for FontShop customers. 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.

Friday Five fonts: Jeanne Moderno by PsyOps Type Foundry and Bullen by Font Bureau

Vote For Your Favorite Design in the Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest!

FontShop fans have done it again! The enthusiasm and creativity of our customers shone through in the entries to our recent Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts Contest. Over 60 submissions were uploaded to our Flickr pool in the last week and we’ve had fun watching them flow in. Now it’s time for you, the general public, to pick the designer worthy of winning $500 in credit toward FontFonts on FontShop.com.

Voting is now open until 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 8. You may vote once via this survey.

Once again, entrants were charged with this task:

Embodying the somewhat nostalgic spirit of these font families, try your hand at redesigning an album cover using at least one of the free FontFonts. Although many of these fonts conjure up the heyday of the grunge-era, your album can be from any time period — pick from the range of Bieber to Bach — or create an album you wish existed.

Which design did you vote for? Why? Let us know in the comments below!

Contest: Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts

Remember a time when digital fonts were new, grunge was in, and ragged was hip? Just like that original Lollapalooza t-shirt that may be lurking in the back of your closet, there are fonts that haven’t been worn a lot recently but it’s good to know they’re still around.  You can win $500 in credit toward FontFonts at FontShop.com by putting some of them to use in our design contest this week. Read on to find out how.

With the update of all FontFont products to OpenType this April, 24 families are now free for use. Since you’ll already be on FontShop.com to procure them, try experimenting by combining these free fonts with more modern typefaces and see what happens.

To celebrate this occasion, we at FontShop are having a little contest for our design customers. Your challenge is this:

Embodying the somewhat nostalgic spirit of these font families, try your hand at redesigning an album cover using at least one of the free FontFonts. Although many of these fonts conjure up the heyday of the grunge-era, your album can be from any time period — pick from the range of Bieber to Bach — or create an album you wish existed.

Submissions should be uploaded to FontShop’s Flickr Group “Rocking FontFont’s Free Fonts,” by 11:59 PM (PDT) on Sunday, May 1. If you do not have a Flickr account you may email your submissions to contest@fontshop.com. Only three submissions per designer please (if you submit more than three, only the first three chronologically will be entered). On Tuesday, May 3, voting will be opened to the public via a survey link on the FontShop.com blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Voting will close at 11:59 PM (PST) on Sunday, May 8.

The winner will be announced on Monday, May 9 and will receive a $500 credit toward FontFonts on FontShop.com.

And who knows? Just as fashion cycles have seen the resurgence of leggings, fluorescent colors, and ’80s typefaces in the last few years, FontShop.com has designers covered when the ’90s come back with the availability. Perhaps your design will move the trend forward!

Free FontFonts

UPDATE: Information on voting for designs can be found here.