News: Announcements

FontFont Sponsors TDC’s Type Masters Week Evening Lectures

We are proud to announce that we will be co-sponsoring TDC’s Type Masters Week Evening Lectures with our friends over at FontShop.

TDCThe 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 AndersonChange is Good??? (31 May), UnderwareKeep Dreaming (4 June) and David BerlowThe Future of Fonts Formats (5 June). You can now register online to attend. 

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FontFont sponsors TYPO Berlin 2012 – Win a ticket

TYPO Berlin 2012

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!  

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FontFont to sponsor ISType 2012

 ISType

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.

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New features and functionality: Bestsellers, Random and 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:

FontFont Bestsellers

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.

Surprise Me!

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.

Finding FontFonts

Tooltips

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!

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Mobile FontFonts expanded to Android

We are delighted to announce the expansion of our Mobile FontFonts for use on the Android app development platform. Now the design process for creating both beautiful Android and iOS applications is as seamless as possible.

Android MobileFontFonts

Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Following in the footsteps of the splendidly screen-optimized Office and Web FontFonts, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. They allow designers and developers to break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality. 15 selected families are available in packs with 4 fonts each.

Simple Licensing

Licensing for Mobile FontFonts suits the needs of the app developer. A team of up to five developers can share one license for their app portfolio. There’s no time limit on the license, nor annual royalty requirements, just a one-time license fee.

Try for Free

FontFont offers a free download of FF Basic Gothic Mobile Pro Black Italic for developers to test in Android and iOS apps. Visit MobileFontFonts.com to download. You will also find sample codes for both platforms and an easy manual to use Mobile FontFonts in less than 5 steps.

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FontFont to sponsor TYPO San Francisco

TYPO San Francisco 2012 – Connect

We are pleased to announce that FontFont is one of the ‘Bridge’ sponsors of the inaugural TYPO San Francisco conference Connect, which will take place at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on April 5–6, 2012. With it, FontFont supports the arrival of one of Europe’s most important graphic design events to America. Not only does the promising speakers list include well-known names like Neville Brody, Jessica Hische, Tina Roth Eisenberg, Michael B. Johnson, Oliver Reichenstein, Khoi Vinh, Michael Bierut, Jim Parkinson, and Mike Monteiro, but also local heroes and newcomers that should not be missed. The complete schedule as well as other information can be found on TYPOSF.com.

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Finding faces faster

Introducing the FontFont Library Tiers: Premium, Collection & Free

In an effort to minimize the amount of time customers spend choosing fonts, FontShop International has split its award-winning type library into three distinct tiers, dubbed the FontFont Library Tier system.

FontFont Library Tiers

The FontFont® brand debuted in 1990, built around one simple premise: Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody conceived of a library of innovative digital typefaces created by designers for designers. FontFont launched with a handful of types the founders commissioned from their colleagues and up and coming young talent. From those humble beginnings, the FontFont library has grown to include 750 families representing the work of more than 160 designers worldwide.

FontShop International carefully developed the FontFont library to meet the demands of type users with diverse needs. Hand picked twice yearly by the FontFont type board—helmed by Spiekermann, a self-proclaimed “typomaniac”—each typeface in the library has been chosen for aesthetic appeal, innovation, and craftsmanship. FontFonts are technically perfected and thoroughly road tested before release, ensuring that designers have the best possible experience when using these high-quality fonts in their typographic projects.

With 2,500 typefaces and counting, FontFont has become one of the largest contemporary type libraries in the world. Having so many designs to choose from can be both a blessing and a curse; leisurely sifting through thousands of fonts online is pleasurable for any type lover, but it can be a daunting task at 3 a.m. when deadlines loom.

Enter the FontFont think tank: FSI’s dedicated team of type fanatics and technical gurus were determined to make font selection as easy as possible. After countless hours spent on research and in talking with type users, their mission was to minimize the amount of time each customer had to spend on selecting fonts. To achieve this goal, they decided to split the FontFont library into three distinct tiers.

FontFont Premium Tier: The Most Popular FontFonts

FontFont’s Premium Tier includes today’s most popular FontFonts and will feature the latest releases going forward. This tier, the largest in the new system, showcases international favorites like Albert-Jan Pool’s FF DIN®, FF Scala® by Martin Majoor, FF Dax® from Hans Reichel, and Spiekermann’s FF Meta® and FF Unit®.

Premium Tier FontFonts anchor the library in three formats to address every need — OpenType, Offc, and Web.* By next summer, all fonts in the Premium Tier will feature Pro language support, including Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic in some designs. Customers are not restricted to licensing full packages in this tier, but may choose single weights from these bestselling type families.

(*Offc and Web versions of some Premium Tier FontFonts are still in development and will be available soon.)

Enhanced font search and selection functions
Enhanced font search and selection functions

FontFont Collection Tier: Extraordinary Pricing and Hidden Gems

The FontFont Collection Tier is a selection of economically priced typographic treasures, including Xavier Dupré’s FF Reminga™, FF Mambo® by Val Fullard, and experimental designs like the FF FUSE Classics™. Visitors to the website will enjoy simple, easy-to-use navigation when browsing typefaces in the Collection Tier.

The Collection Tier is offered in full-family packages only—fonts are available in OpenType with Standard language support (with a few key exceptions). All packages in this tier are affordably priced at less than 100€/$, making it easier than ever for customers to build a quality type collection.

FontFont Free Tier: Giving Something Back

As a bonus to loyal customers, FontFont now offers a variety of free typefaces, including Paul Sych’s FF Dig, Dog, Hip™, FF Peecol™ from Steffen Sauerteig and Kai Vermehr (Eboy), and Timothy Donaldson’s FF FancyWriting™. Free Tier titles contain the complete family in a single package, and are available in OpenType with Standard language support.

Font Surfing Made Simple

FSI is continually working to improve the font shopping experience. In conjunction with the introduction of the FontFont Library Tiers, FontFont.com has been enhanced with new font search and selection functions.

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Goodbye 70s: Free Erler Dingbats Unicode font released

The first Dingbats collection all writers and social media typists waited for is finally introduced, with contemporary symbols that follow a common graphical language: Erler Dingbats. The best of all, it’s free.

Erler Dingbats  is a complete, contemporary quality font that covers the full encoding range for dingbats (U+2700—U+27BF) for the first time in the entire history of standard Unicode.

Erler Dingbats vs Standard Dingbats
Outdated and often mismatched symbols in the standard dingbats font (blue) compared to their up-to-date contemporary and style-consistent versions in Erler Dingbats (red).

To help support and encourage the use of the unicode standard, publisher FontShop International is giving away the Erler Dingbats completely free of charge. Erler Dingbats were created for everyday communication purposes, including a wide range of popular symbols and pictograms such as arrows, pens, phones, stars, crosses and checkmarks, plus 3 sets of cameo figures on round backgrounds. Unlike other dingbats fonts which often contain a ragtag bunch of symbols in mismatched styles, the Erler Dingbats harmonize elegantly because the drawings all adhere to a common visual language which makes them the perfect choice as the new standard for communication symbols.

Erler Dingbats is a spin-off of the distinguished FF Dingbats 2.0 family, and was designed as a special collaboration between designers Johannes Erler and Henning Skibbe. “For years I’ve been bored by the ubiquitous OS-Dingbats fonts and so I decided to design my own, based on my FF Dingbats. I’ve been using a beta version for several months and all my friends want them, too. So, I had the idea to give them away for free”, says Johannes Erler.

As more and more social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) are rapidly surging towards the use of Unicode, now is exactly the right time to provide this elegant, versatile set of modern communication symbols for use in tweets and status messages. FontShop International invites not only private users, but also OS developers, to include the Erler Dingbats in their font collection.

Erler Dingbats can be viewed and downloaded on http://www.ffdingbatsfont.com/

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FontShop International sponsors Typotag and Webfontday 2011

FontShop International is happy to announce that we are sponsoring a couple of important type events that will take place in Munich in two weeks time.

Typotag 2011 will be held on November 18th, focusing on two different themes: “Typolyglott & Multitask” and “Picture and Character”.

Webfontday

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