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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).
In anticipation of the new year ahead we took a quick look back at the year that was.
Our 2013 went a little something like this:
- Five new staff members came onboard, reaching a combined total of 1271 years in life (and font) experience.
- 50% of us favored the humble bicycle as the preferred method of transport, and of the remaining few, 26% opted for public transport with the rest split evenly between foot and car.
- We clocked up 50000+ work air-miles, traveling across three continents, exploring 12 cities. We shared, watched, listened and learnt a thousand things or two at 12 different conferences and our fonts now support up to 170 languages.
- We created three microsites and five print specimens with altogether 10 different pantone colours in total.
- 580 tweets were typed and we hit the 26846 followers mark.
- Four new designers joined the family, seven new typeface designs enriched our library, bringing our tally to 171 designers, 399 families and 2588 fonts in total.
To all our designers and friends, thank you for your creativity, support and mutual love for type.
2013 was a great year.
Here is to an even better one for 2014.
In celebration of this fantastic pairing we have created a poster demonstrating the fonts in action!
To receive a copy of the poster simply be one of the first 20 people to send an email with the subject title ‘FF Profile and FF Chartwell’ to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, occupation and delivery address in the body of the message.
The competition will close on 31st January 2014. Good luck!
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.
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.permalink
Have you used a FontFont in a recent project?
Would you like to win a ticket to TYPO Berlin?
As proud sponsors of this year’s TYPO Berlin, we are delighted to give away three tickets to the conference. With an all-star lineup including Ken Garland, Kate Moross, Jessica Walsh, Anthony Burrill and Albert-Jan Pool (designer of FF DIN), it is simply too good to miss!
How to enter
Just send us an example of FontFonts in use from a project that you have worked on recently and you will automatically be entered into our draw. Please send a link to your website or a PDF of your project with a brief description to email@example.com.
11.00 (CET) Tuesday 30 April. We will announce the winners shortly after the closing date.
*Please note the prize is just the ticket for the conference and not travel to Berlin, so you’ll have to make your own way there ;-)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
We were absolutely over the moon to hear that fontfont.com has won the German Design Award.
The German Design Award is an annual honour bestowed by the German Design Council to companies and organisations who demonstrate excellence in design. The Council was set up in 1953 to support and champion design in Germany. Through various competitions, exhibitions and conferences, their mission is to demonstrate the extra value and benefit of design to business. They have very good taste in fonts too, FF Meta is their face of choice.
Always in the pursuit of maximum simplicity, we wanted to create a site that was easy to use, clean and fast. We worked very closely with edenspiekermann_ throughout the development process to breathe new life into our online shop and were absolutely delighted with the results. Accolades such as this and the iF Communation Design Award award that we won back in February just make us want to keep improving things further!permalink
Behind the scenes, we are continually tinkering with the functionality of our website to make it even easier for you to browse, buy and download our FontFonts. You can now see what you have bought and get your FontFonts emailed straight to you.
With our nifty new feature you can choose to get your fonts delivered directly to your inbox as soon as you’ve bought them. So, whether you want to buy from the comfort of your iPad or are on the move on your mobile, shopping for FontFonts just got easier.
Don't forget, you can also log into your account at any time to download them again.permalink
On Friday, 21st September, over 80 graphic designers from in and around Berlin met at the Mota Italic Gallery for the opening of Julia Sysmäläinen’s exhibition, ‘Mister K and Franz Kafka’. Charting the tale of the ‘Real Travels of Mister K’, the exhibition focuses on how Franz Kafka’s handwriting developed and evolved over time, as well as on Sysmäläinen’s process behind reincarnating it in digital form as the FF Mister K typeface.
The exhibition is both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Featured work includes a number of recent books whose covers or jackets were designed with FF Mister K, as well as jewellery, prints, objects and typographic installations. Sysmäläinen produced a small booklet to accompany the exhibition, ‘Too long to tweet’ which features texts from many of Berlin’s most active type designers (and Twitter users).
Julia Sysmäläinen (left) during the opening
The exhibition was originally scheduled to run through the end of October, but, due to its popularity, has been extended until 9th November. The Mota Italic Gallery is located in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, and is open Mondays to Saturdays from noon to 6 pm.permalink
How quickly the time has flown since FF 59, we can’t quite believe it is release time again. With two new designs, two extensions and a myriad of updates we are delighted to introduce our latest release, FF 60.
The new designs
From the designer of FF Cube and FF Speak comes FF Marselis. Jan Maack’s newest design crossbreeds geometric and humanistic forms, creating a freshly dynamic sans serif family. All of the counters in the typeface are open; certain superfluous strokes have been eliminated – there are no spurs on the b or q, for instance.
Many designers chance upon using the same graphic shape for the lowercase ‘a’ and ‘e’ – indeed, the idea seems simple enough: just rotate the form 180° and you should be done! However, almost all attempts at this sort of theoretical simplification fail in practice. With FF Marselis, Jan Maack has found a key to making it work. Rather than whole letterforms, a tear-drop form repeats throughout the alphabet, not only in the bowl of the lowercase ‘a’ or ‘e’, but also in the ‘k’ and the uppercase ‘Q’. Its distinct character makes FF Marselis a perfect choice for today’s corporate and branding projects.
Introductory offer: You can get 50 % off any FF Marselis product (until 31 October 2012).
FF ThreeSix is a huge experimental optical type system consisting of six typefaces in eight weights, including four additional monospaced weights. It is the result of London-based Paul McNeil’s and Hamish Muir’s attempts to work within the restrictive rules of geometry to generate simple typographic forms emulating traditional type design principles, where a wide range of almost imperceptible compensatory optical tricks are used to create the illusion of evenness in the basic fabric of text.
The award-winning system – ISTD Premier Award and Certificate of Excellence – is based on a grid of 36 unit squares subdivided into 9 units and are constructed using only vertical or horizontal straight lines and circular arcs. Cap-height, x-height, ascent and descent measurements are consistent across all fonts and weights. The grid also determines character and word spacing, with all side-bearings and kerning pair values conforming to 9 unit increments.
As Wim Crouwel notes: ‘It is a fascination for the use of geometric systems in design that has resulted in these remarkable typefaces.’
Updated and extended FontFonts
Introducing FF Chartwell Web. Simple to use and fun to play around with, you can try it for yourself online using our demo.
Free font: For a limited time, you can get your hands on FF Chartwell Web Radar for free.
Erik Spiekermann’s best-known face is without doubt FF Meta. While it has proven its usability in almost any design task one can think of, its creator realized that it could be improved even more for use in the business world. The main features of the first version of FF Meta Correspondence included tabular figures (instead of oldstyle ones) and increased tracking, yet Spiekermann wanted to go a few steps further and take the typeface to another level.
Now, Erik Spiekermann and the FontFont team changed both proportions and shapes to a more robust style, removed contrast from accents and simplified forms and details to a more screen-friendly appearance. The very well-known lowercase g has been changed to a single-storey one, which is more common within the office environment. Above all, a set of useful arrows, icons, and office dingbats has been added. The resulting design is still FF Meta, but one that breathes Correspondence air.
The simplified forms and the high-quality screen optimization make FF Meta Correspondence a perfect typeface for use as a webfont or within the mobile environment.
New Office and Web FontFonts plus language extensions
Did you know our library contains over 2500 FontFonts? After a FontFont is released, the work doesn’t stop, we continually tinker and update our beloved FontFonts to ensure that they are in tip-top condition and in the most up to date and useable formats. In FF 60, some of our earliest releases such as Just van Rossum’s FF Advert, Ole Schäfer’s FF Zine, and John Critchley’s FF Child’s Play have been brought up to date and now come in Office and Web formats.
FF Atma Serif (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Child’s Play (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Cube (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Eureka Mono (NEW: Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Fago Mono (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Hydra/Text (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Instant Types (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Meta Correspondence (NEW: Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Typestar (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Zine Sans/Serif/Slab Display (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)permalink