News: Announcements

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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FontFont sponsors TYPO London 2011

TYPO London 2011

FontShop International is a proud sponsor of TYPO London 2011 that will take place from 20-22 October in Logan and Jeffery Halls at the University of London.

TYPO, Europe’s most successful annual three-day design conference, comes to London this year. An A-list of influential speakers from the world of typography; information, graphic and digital design; brand experience; film; animation; publishing and education are confirmed for this inaugural edition. The theme for TYPO’s London debut is “Places”.

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Mobile FontFonts released

FontShop International is once again leading the way in typographic technology and releasing Mobile FontFonts tailored specifically for use in iOS apps. Available at MobileFontFonts.com, the files are optimized to make the design process for making beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. Mobile FontFonts are optimized for screen and licensed for use on mobile devices. When designing a native app for a mobile device, like iPhone, Mobile FontFonts allow the designer to specify fonts outside the options that come preinstalled. Mobile FontFonts are presently supported in iOS only.

Mobile FontFonts on an Apple iPhone4s

Introducing Mobile FontFonts

Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help set apps apart from the crowd. Optimized by hand for the device screen, Mobile FontFonts enhance the user experience. Mobile FontFonts let designers and developers break from the mold of system fonts and give their products some personality. With language support included, Mobile FontFonts allow for consistent, subtle branding to a global audience. 56 mobile fonts from 15 popular families are available in 14 packs with 4 fonts each.

Simple Licensing

Licensing for Mobile FontFonts serves the needs of the iOS 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 royalty requirements.

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FontFonter Bookmarklet now available

FontFonter.com is an innovative web tool by FontFont that lets you temporarily replace a site’s fonts with Web FontFonts. With the new FontFonter Bookmarklet you can try Web FontFonts on any website! Installing it is easy: simply drag the bookmarklet on FontFonter.com to your bookmarks toolbar.

Here are the latest Web FontFonts to be added to FontFonter.com:

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FontFont sponsors ATypI 2011 Reykjavík

ATypI 2011

As a leading manufacturer of typefaces, FontFont continues its contribution to the typographic industry by supporting various sectoral events and organizations. We are happy to announce that we are following our tradition of sponsoring the ATypI conference by supporting this year’s event. ATypI 2011 is starting tomorrow and taking place in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. This year’s conference is themed around the letterform ð (eth), which is, for what it’s worth, part of every FontFont.

For more information about ATypI 2011, check the conference website. We will upload some pictures from the venue to our Flickr page.

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September 13th, 2011 Comments