News: Tagged as Web design
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
We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Webfontday! Set up by the Typographical Society Munich (Typographische Gesellschaft München), Webfontday is committed to providing hands-on advice, practical tips and inspiration through fabulous examples. The theme this year is ‘Type goes interface’ and the third Webfontday will take place on Saturday 10 November in Munich.
With the likes of Indra Kupferschmid, David Berlow, and Tim Ahrens the day is jam-packed with talks from type experts and creatives from across the global. Typography expert and author of FontFeed, Yves Peters, will also be giving a talk on ‘Better Web Typography’.
There are still a few tickets left, grab yours now!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
With Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 10, a significant step has been taken toward widespread OpenType feature support, which allows for things like discretionary ligatures in text and contextual alternates in display. Now with standards solidifying, a level of typographic sophistication previously unachievable anywhere will soon be realized. Ushering in the new browser, we share this demo page with live examples of OpenType features at work. (Note that unless viewed in IE10 or a recent version of Firefox or some other new-ish Mozilla browser, the demos won’t make much sense.)
Contextual Swashes | FF Nexus Serif Italic is the most comprehensive font of the FF Nexus Superfamily, containing beautiful sets of swash letters for the beginnings and ends of words. Thanks to the Contextual Swashes feature, the swash variants of the letters appear automatically in the appropriate positions (as opposed to the “regular” Swashes feature, in which you would have to decide yourself which letters should be swashed).
Stylistic Sets | FF Unit holds the library’s record for Stylistic Sets: It has a whopping 14 sets to tailor the look of selected letters to your needs. (39 OT Features in total!)
Contextual Alternates | FF Mister K isn’t available as a Web FontFont yet, and if you switch off the Contextual Alternates feature on the demo site you’ll see why: It just makes no sense to use it without the connections and letter variants that give FF Mister K its special look.
Small Caps | FF Ernestine is one of the few FontFonts containing two sets of small caps: Small and Petite Caps (the only other Petite Cap FontFont being FF Atma Serif). While Small Caps are available as separate Web FontFonts now, Petite Caps only become accessible through browser OpenType feature support.
Discretionary Ligatures | FF Milo Serif is one of the FontFonts that go wild with extravagant ligatures.
Oldstyle Figures and Ligatures | FF DIN Round and FF Tartine Script can actually look like this on your website right now! Unlike the other features shown above, Oldstyle Figures and Ligatures are included (if available in the design) in all WOFF Web FontFonts today. There’s one more feature we didn’t even mention on the demo page: The Kerning feature is activated for the whole demo page. It is most noticeable in combinations like “We” and “y.”, which just look more even with kerning. This feature is included in the current WOFF Web FontFonts and is applied automatically by some browsers.read more
Image: Sven Hagolani (ƒStop 877.004)
In the second part of our series, ‘On Our Reading List’, here’s a quick round up of the blogs and websites that we read on a regular basis to quench our thirst for design inspiration.read more
Whether we’re on the lookout for typographical talent, on the hunt for international type trends or simply after a bit of bedtime reading; here’s a roundup of the type blogs that we like to read in the FontFont office. You can also check out our must read blogs and type links, which are listed on the right hand side.read more
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:
- FF Sero
- FF Tundra
- FF Nuvo Mono
- FF Info Text
- FF Info Correspondence
- FF Info Display
- FF Profile
- FF Utility
- FF Zwo Correspondence
The webfont service delivers fonts from a global network of servers to every browser that supports @font-face. This allows the compatibility of Web FontFonts to be extended even to browsers that do not currently support WOFF and EOT. If you license any Web FontFont, you can optionally host them on Typekit with any of their plans (including their free plan). If you are already a Typekit user, that means absolutely no additional cost to you.read more
FontFont Subsetter is a tool for optimizing and customizing Web FontFonts. The free service — found at www.subsetter.com— lets you significantly reduce the file size of your Web FontFonts in three easy steps to reduce bandwidth costs and make your websites faster. Our latest Web FontFont improvements allow you to use Subsetter to choose between proportional oldstyle figures and tabular lining figures. This tutorial explains how.read more