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We are hiring!

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We are hiring! If you have a passion for type and typography and would like to work with us in the heart of Berlin, read on.

We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced Type Designer & Font Technician for our Font Development Team in Berlin (formerly Fontshop International). We hope to welcome our new colleague as soon as possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate font development projects for new library fonts as well as customer-orientated font solutions, in collaboration with type designers and QA staff
  • Take on type design tasks to accelerate defined projects
  • Work independently on fine-tuning tasks such as definition of OpenType features, mark positioning, and font administrative core data.
  • Develop macros or scripts to automate manufacturing processes
  • Continuously extend knowledge about current font technology trends, Non-Latin scripts and corresponding writing systems, as well as general typographic aspects
  • Provide support to our sales and marketing teams on request

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Visual Communication or a software oriented technical course of studies; ideally combined with 2–5 years experience as a font engineer or type designer with a technical background
  • Very good font editing skills using standard font tools (i.e. Fontlab, Adobe FDK, RoboFont, Glyphs, DTL Font Master, etc.)
  • Font technology knowledge with respect to different font formats, OpenType layout features and Unicode. Ideally Python scripting know-how and solid knowledge of XML.
  • Ideally basic knowledge of at least one complex script or writing system (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari, Hebrew, etc.)
  • Project management experience. Well-structured work methodology and capability to handle multiple projects in parallel
  • Good to very good communication skills in English. German language skills is a plus

Job location

  • Berlin, Germany

We offer:

  • Be part of an enthusiastic team working closely with type designers, established and new talent, from all over the world
  • Lots of opportunities to learn as well as determine the future of font making
  • Close cooperation with the web development and marketing teams
  • Attractive salary package

Please send your application with CV to Andreas Frohloff: andreas@fontfont.de

Company description

The FontFont library is part of the Monotype family. Monotype is a leading global provider of type, technology and expertise, enabling optimal user experiences and brand integrity. We offer one of the world’s largest and most highly regarded typeface libraries, as well as innovative solutions that bring the power of type to life. We help creative professionals distinguish their work by employing exceptional type and advanced technologies in service to their imaginations. 

Read all about the team in Berlin.

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Web FontFonts now with OpenType Layout Features

Introducing: Web FontFonts with OpenType layout features, streamlined formats and the new and improved Subsetter

We are delighted to announce that our Web FontFonts now include OpenType Layout Features. What’s more we’ve simplified our webfont formats and updated the free Subsetter tool, so you can now customize your Web FontFonts for optimum performance.

OpenType Web Magic 

With OpenType Layout Features, you can spice up your web identity through the magic of ligatures, stylistic alternates, figure sets, fractions, small caps and even swashes (if available in the font). Thanks to a selection of 1,600 Web FontFonts, your typographic toolbox is bigger and better equipped than ever before. With beautifully advanced typographic features that are supported by all desktop browsers (except Safari), OpenType gives you endless opportunities to bring type to life. 

It may seem like an obvious question, but what are OpenType layout features?

Essentially it’s the ‘technology behind good type’. It’s a standard font format that provides you with a typographic toolkit (layout features) to enrich and enhance type. For many years, you could only really use OpenType technology in a few select desktop publishing applications, but the time has come to bring these features to life on the web. 

Up till recently typographic gems such as FF Mister K were not able to function as a Web FontFont, in fact many script fonts wouldn’t work well without OpenType features. However with this latest update, we can now welcome FF Mister K Web to the webfont family. Other FontFonts that have benefited from this update include FF DIN, (you can now use the famous alternative @ sign online) and FF Duper. All FF Duper weights contain three versions of each glyph, which when put into a text the stylistic alternative OpenType feature uses all three alternatives in succession. It treats vowels and consonants separately and even recognizes spaces between words creating a lively and hand-made appearance of the typed text. You can find out which particular features are included in specific fonts on single weights’ OpenType Layout Features tab. 

Web FontFonts with OpenType layout featuresImproved Formats and Subsetting

What’s more, we’ve now streamlined and improved our Web FontFont formats. Now you will receive a single webfont format only — WOFF, which provides the most up-to-date compatibility and includes OpenType features. Using our improved Subsetter website you can customize your Web FontFont to make the files lighter and faster to load and thereby save on bandwidth costs. You can produce Web TTF and EOT formats using Subsetter should you need them (these formats are suitable for older, outdated browsers). However, bear in mind that EOT won’t contain OpenType layout features nor kerning and that whilst TTF contains these features it is only supported by older browsers.

Take a look at Web FontFonts in action on our microsite and watch the video we created in collaboration with Stark Films again.

Want to see what your website looks like with a Web FontFont before you buy? Head to FontShop’s Webfonter.

 

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Tonight: Gallery Print’s ‘End of Summer’ party

It looks like summer has finally upped and left us for another year. *sobs*

But to soften the blow the lovely people at Gallery Print will be seeing the sunny season out with a bang tonight at their End of Summer party!

Kicking off tonight at Lützowstraße 107, 10785 Berlin from 7pm, there will be food, drinks and dancing to a cool selection of DJs as they spin vinyls on top of the printers! 

We will also be there with our own FontShop stand where we will be giving out free copies of the FontFont calendar we designed on behalf of Gallery Print.

Come join in the fun and raise a glass to the end of summer and free FontFont calendars!

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FontFont Joins Monotype

Today is a groundbreaking day in our history, in fact the most important one since Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody have started the FontFont library back in 1990. The US typeface company Monotype announced that they have acquired FontShop and us, the FontFont library.

You can read more on this news over at The FontFeed or in a detailed press release.

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Currency Changes for British and Australian Customers

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We have a great bit of news for all of our British and Australian customers!

Here at FontFont.com we are pleased to announce that we’ve improved our currency system, making it easier to purchase and pay for FontFonts. This means that as of now our Brit and Aussie customers are able to buy our fonts in either Sterling (GBP) or OZ dollars (AUD).

Happy Shopping!

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FontFonter replaced by WebFonter

What would The New York Times look like set in FF Dora? Or Kickstarter in FF Mark?

A few years ago, we in collaboration with Tim Ahrens and FontShop created FontFonter as the first free tool to allow anyone to try and preview webfonts on any website.

With the completely new and more flexible WebFonter, you can now try and test Web FontFonts together with the 15,000+ webfonts available from FontShop.com in any existing site. You can replace headline or body text, specific fonts, or, using custom CSS selectors, anything you want with a typeface of your choosing.

FontFonter becomes Webfonter

WebFonter can be used during the design and development process – a critical time for font choice. The target website does not need to be publicly accessible in order to test-drive webfonts. This hugely important feature marries well with the current web design trend towards designing directly in the browser.

Available for free as a Chrome extension, browser bookmarklet or by entering a URL directly at webfonter.fontshop.com, this new tool will succeed FontFonter to make the web design process even better and as seamless as possible.

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FontFont sponsors Serebro Nabora Type Conference

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We are cyrillic in spirit and excited to be sponsoring the upcoming Serebro Nabora | Серебро набора in Moscow, November 9-13.

The first ever type conference to be held in Russia, the main goal is to provide an international platform for professional communication, the exchange of ideas, typographic and type design education and also celebrate new talent.

The sold out event will bring together typographers, designers, editors and publishers across various creative fields to the Moscow stage. Speakers include Peter Biľak, Eugene Yukechev, and Emil Yakupov.

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FontFont sponsors Ampersand New York 2013

Ampersand NY

Super pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the Ampersand web typography conference in New York on 2 November 2013.

Ampersand NYC is set to be a great day full of nitty gritty details in all aspects of web typography. Presented by experts in typeface design, layout, typesetting, and front-end development, it brings together the industry’s leading thinkers and designers from across the worlds of type and web design with a speaker line-up including the likes of Jenn Lukas, Jonathan Hoefler and Christian Schwartz.

We also have a special offer of $100 off the standard ticket price. 
Enter the code 'fontfont' to receive the discount when you register and purchase. 

There are still are few tickets left so register now. 

Your chance to be part of the Ampersand NYC!
To find out more and be in the running to win a ticket to the conference head here.

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Want to go to Ampersand New York?

Ampersand NY

We are proud sponsors of the Ampersand web typography conference heading to New York on 2 November 2013 and one lucky type fan will have the chance to be part of the event.

To be in the running to win a ticket to Ampersand NY, simply share with us your favourite web FontFont in use. Please also include the URL the site of the font in use. Tweet us your answer and tag it with #ampersandconf by Friday 25 October, 4pm Central European Time (CEST).

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FontFont sponsors ATypI Amsterdam 2013

ATypI 2013

We are very excited to be sponsoring the 57th annual Association Typographique Internationale conference. ATypI 2013 is taking place in the heart of Amsterdam city on the Dam square October 9–13.

The annual renewal of the international typographic community brings together typographers, type designers, historians, psychologists, programmers and graphic artists of the like.

“Point Counter Point” is the theme for the year, with the speaker bill including Irma BoomErik van Blokland, Albert-Jan Pool and Paul van der LaanKeep an eye out for a few more familiar FontFont faces during the conference.

ATypI Amsterdam opened yesterday and will continue through to Sunday. You can see the full programme lineup here.

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