Last year in our inaugural FontFont newsletter, we launched Talking Types – a regular podcast where we step outside our typographic box and speak to designers, makers, disrupters, and interesting types from across the world to hear their stories and discuss design.
In the first Talking Types, our founder Erik Spiekermann spoke to Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil about their newest typeface, FF ThreeSix and discussed bending the rules, geometric typefaces and the relationship between visual and transmitted language. In the second edition, we caught up with Kai Brach, founder and editor of Offscreen Magazine, to find out what it was like starting Offscreen, the lessons he learnt and hear what he does to step away from the distractions of the screen.
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We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Kerning Conference, which takes place in Faenza in Italy.
Featuring a full day of workshops on 2 May and a day of talks on 3 May, the conference focuses solely on typography and web typography. The line-up already includes Marko Dugonjić, Nina Stössinger (designer of FF Ernestine), The Standardistas, Richard Rutter and Yves Peters.
It’s a not for profit event and there are tickets available at the very reasonable price of €175, if you’re quick you can still get your hands on early-bird tickets for €140 (the offer lasts until March 16 2013).permalink
Helping you find the fonts you need in the fastest and smoothest possible way is something we strive to do. Following feedback from customers and looking at what people search for on our site, we’ve implemented a number of changes to our Find section.
You can now search by language, so whether you’re looking for a font that speaks Greenlandic or contains Cycrillic just type in the language you’re looking for and hey presto the fonts appear.
You can also order and sort your search by trendiness, popularity, price, family size and newness. Still not sure what you’re looking for and in need of some inspiration? Then hit random.permalink
We’re proud to bring you Our 2012 Story, a look back at all things FontFont from the past year. You could call it an annual report but we prefer not to. So sit back, take a moment and enjoy scrolling, sorting and filtering through our highlights from 2012.
Thank you to you our customers, designers and friends for continually supporting, inspiring and encouraging us.permalink
Since the launch of Web FontFonts, we’ve wanted to keep things simple and make web typefaces that were easy to access, easy to use and easy to license (hence the pay-once self-hosting scheme). We continually work to ensure that our Web FontFonts are the fittest of the fit and are delighted to announce that they are now even more compatible.
According to the most recent statistics from October 2012*, Web FontFonts are supported by about 98 percent of all desktop web browsers in use online. So, if you embed Web FontFonts on your site, virtually every visitor will be able to see them. As if that wasn’t enough, there is hardly any difference in compatibility between Web FontFont self-hosting and getting your fonts from webfont services, as most services support about 98 percent of all desktop browsers as well!
Our analysis of browser share is based on the version numbers that support Web FontFonts as well as webfont services. The good news is that we expect this percentage to further increase up to 100% as users upgrade to newer browser versions.
*Source: w3schools.com. Only 2.1 % of browsers are not Web FontFont friendly, but we won’t hold that against them.permalink
In our quest to make our website as functional and easy to use as possible, we have added three brand new features.
First up, is our gallery of FontFonts in-use. Now when you browse through our typefaces, you can browse a picture of each font in-use. Just click on the ‘camera’ icon on the browse page and the pictures of our type in-use examples will be displayed.
You can also view an in-use gallery of each indivdiual FontFont family. So whether you’re searching for all in-use pictures of the FF Unit family, looking for an example of what FF Meta looks like when used on the Mozilla website, trying to find out what FF Fontesque looks like on a bookcover, or if you’re simply after another way of browsing through our library, our in-use gallery offers you a real visual treat.
Discover the delights of OpenType
Through the advanced typographical control of the OpenType format you can bring your text to life with fantastic features such as small caps, tabular figures, swashes and oldstyle figures. Yet it’s often said that the true features and fantastic functions of OpenType can be hidden away, often undiscovered. We hope to change that with our second new feature which helps you to see how the OpenType layout features, that are included in each FontFont, appear. For example, when you click on the OpenType features of FF Scala Regular you can now see all the different features that the font contains and how they will appear in FF Scala.
Want to find out more about OpenType and its layout features? Check out our OpenType User Guide (247KB).
Our FontFont Library is home to numerous award-winning typeface designs and now you can easily see which of our FontFonts have won prizes. Just look out for the little trophy icon next to the font on the browse page. You can also read all about the typefaces which have been awarded accolades and prizes on our news section under Awards.permalink
The Type Directors Club was founded in 1946 by leading figures in the world of typography. Its mission is to support and promote excellence in typography. They provide educational and informative events throughout the year and run two annual competitions, one for typeface design and one for the use of letterform and type in design.
The evening lectures during this year's Type Masters Week will feature Gail Anderson, Change is Good??? (31 May), Underware, Keep Dreaming (4 June) and David Berlow, The Future of Fonts Formats (5 June). You can now register online to attend.permalink
For over sixteen years, the TYPO Conferences have attracted experts and pioneers from around the world to discuss the latest developments in communication and design. The next TYPO Berlin will take place from 17–19 May, and we are delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring this year’s conference. We are very excited as we have three tickets to give away. Keep reading to find out how you can win.
The theme for 2012 is Sustain and over the course of three days high profile speakers including Ruedi Baur, Elliot Jay Stocks, Kirsten Dietz, Jan Teuen, Matthew Butterick, Jessica Hische, Andreas Uebele, and many more, will take to the stage to discuss sustainability, design, typography, education and designing for the future.
The fabulous Nina Stössinger, designer of FF Ernestine will be speaking on The Importance of being Ernestine, an account of her journey into the jungle of typeface design and the story of the first public release of her font family FF Ernestine. Also representing FontFont, our very own Head of our Type Department, Andreas Frohloff. He will be running his much appreciated workshop on Calligraphy.
As a sponsor, we're delighted to offer three people the chance to win a ticket to attend the three day conference. To enter the competition all you have to do is answer the three following questions…
- In what country was Nina Stössinger born?
- Name one of Andreas Frohloff's favourite bands.
- Which font did we choose for this week’s FF Collection Typelover Tuesday?
Little tip, have a read of our website, our Twitter and Facebook pages (wink wink nudge nudge). To enter just leave a comment below with your answers, don't worry your answers will be hidden until we announce the winner. Closing date: Thursday 3 May 2012. We will announce the winners on Friday 4 May. Good Luck!permalink
Last year Onur Yazıcıgil and Alessandro Segalini set up and organized ISType (Istanbul Type Seminars), to encourage and develop typographic literacy in Turkey. Their inaugural event was held in September 2011 and was a fantastic success, combining workshops with a series of lectures and creating a space where inspiration and ideas are exchanged and developed. This year’s ISType takes place in June 15–18 in Istanbul and we are delighted to announce that we will be supporting and sponsoring the event.read more
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working hard to update our website and improve its functionality. From full-text searches to an improved checkout, from tooltips to bestsellers, we’ve added a whole host of new features:
Want to know what the favorite FontFonts are for this month? Our bestsellers list now appears on our homepage and you can find out further information about each font on the dedicated bestseller page.
Have you tried shuffling through our fonts yet? With our Random function (check out the shuffle button at the top of our site) you can now randomize your search, find hidden gems, seek out some inspiration or simply have a play.
Not sure which format you need or what our different library tiers mean? Having trouble working out what the different options are? Finding FontFonts just got easier with our tooltips on each of the filter buttons. We’ve also improved our search functionality by adding a full text search, so if you’re looking for FF Tundra you can now search the whole of our site including news, awards and announcements.
Check it out!
From browse to buy in just a few clicks, now our online checkout process is even easier. We’ve simplified the process, so in just a matter of clicks you can pick and choose the fonts you want to buy and download them straight away.
Let us know what you think
We're continually looking at ways to improve our website, so if you have any suggestions feel free to send them our way!permalink