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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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Featured Web FontFonts, November 2013

November’s roundup of our best Web FontFonts in-use features popular up-and-comer FF Mark alongside resident favorites FF Meta Serif, FF Scuba and FF Kievit.

Bench –  FF Mark & FF Meta Serif

Bench is a new kind of bookkeeper. Ideal for independent businesses, it is a standout in the market as it combines the service of task automation together with an actual accountant or bookkeeper. Simple, strong and contemporary, the versatility of FF Mark combined with the great FF Meta Serif is a terrific pairing for this smart, responsive and modern online business.

SAE IT-systems – FF Scuba

SAE it-systems

SAE IT-systems is one of the leading innovators in the field of substation automation, telecontrol and communal communication in infrastructure applications. Felix Braden’s FF Scuba, a distinctive, clean and flexible contemporary sans, is a fine fit for this community of specialists in energy management.

ADAC Postbus – FF Kievit

ADAC Postbus

Earlier this year German brand powerhouses ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.) and Deutsche Post joined forces to establish ADAC Postbus. Coined as “the bus for Germany”, the ADAC Postbus site is set in Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan’s contemporary and timeless FF Kievit which has recently been extended with a Slab version.

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Featured Web FontFonts, September 2013

We go green with FF Netto, inject a bit of FF Tisa Sans for culture, and touch on the discontent with FF Meta Serif in this month’s lineup of our favourite Web FontFonts in use.

The Green Building Converter – FF Netto

FF Netto_The Green Building Converter

More than half of the world's population live in major cities. Developed by Lend Lease, The Green Building Converter is a sustainability tool that takes users on an interactive journey allowing people to navigate and learn about green building development. Daniel Utz’s clean and rounded geometric FF Netto strikes the perfect typographic balance alongside the 3D diagrammatic pictorial renders and animations throughout the site and brand identity communications.

Jüdische Kulturage – FF Tisa Sans

FF Tisa Sans_Judische Kulturtage

Last week, Berlin hosted Jüdische Kulturtage 2013 (“Jewish Culture Days”), Germany’s largest festival of Jewish art and culture. The diverse programme of culture, music and literature features the four basic weights of Mitja Miklavčič’s FF Tisa Sans for headlines through to body copy across the site as well as festival collateral.

The Great Discontent – FF Meta Serif

FF Meta Serif_The Great Discontent

Designed and curated by Ryan and Tina Essmaker of Designing Monsters, The Great Discontent is a journal of interviews focusing on creativity, risk and what connects people as artists. A simple, clean, responsive and impeccably editorially considered site, the choice to use Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby’s FF Meta Serif as body is a great complement to “The Great Discontent”. 

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Featured Web FontFonts, July 2013

Our July round up of Web FontFonts in use features the likes of FF Typestar by eBoy’s Steffen SauerteigMitja Miklavčič’s subtle yet graceful FF Tisa and Michael Abbink’s ever so popular FF Kievit. Silvio Napoleone’s FF Hydra Text and Ludwig Übele’s FF Tundra also make an appearance. 

Rob Meek – FF Typestar Web and FF Tisa Web

Rob Meek Website

Rob Meek is an information architect, interface designer and developer with a fair few typography-related projects under his belt. His portfolio site features the geometric but typographically refined FF Typestar Web as headers teamed with the softer serifs of FF Tisa Web as body copy. 

Lean Day: West – FF Kievit Web

Lean Day:West Website

Portland Oregon will be playing host to this year’s Lean Day:West – a series of events focusing on implementing and practicing lean startup in the enterprise. Both thicks and thins from the FF Kievit family are used extensively throughout the site including FF Kievit Black Web as headlines through to FF Kievit Regular Web for copy.

Woodtype Research – FF Hydra Text Web and FF Tundra Web

Wood Type Research Website

Is wood your type? Wood Type Research is a blog dedicated to current research in wood type design, manufacture and use circa nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The sans of Silvio Napoleone’s FF Hydra Text Web along with the serifs of Ludwig Übele’s FF Tundra Web is fitting to set the tone for this homage and documentation to all things wood type.

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Featured Web FontFonts, June 2013

Our featured Web FontFonts for June include Albert-Jan Pool’s bestselling superstar FF DIN, Martin Majoor’s simple and serious FF Scala and FF Scala Sans and Xavier Dupré’s sober FF Yoga Sans.

Budnitz Bicyles – FF DIN Web

Budnitz Bicycles

Budnitz Bicycles is the brainchild of entrepreneur Paul Budnitz. His company creates super-fast, light and beautiful bikes made exclusively out of titanium. Set in Albert-Jan Pool’s FF DIN Web, the website is real eye candy for cycling enthusiasts.

Falmouth University – FF Scala Sans and FF Scala Web

Falmouth University

Falmouth University based in Cornwall in South West England specializes in Art, Design, Media, Performance and Writing. Martin Majoor’s FF Scala family, including FF Scala Sans Web and FF Scala Web make an appearance throughout their website.

Klenk & Hoursch – FF Yoga Sans Web

Klenk & Hoursch

Klenk & Hoursch is a Strategic Communications agency based in Frankfurt am Main. They employ Xavier Dupré’s FF Yoga Sans throughout their site complemented by TypeTogether’s Adelle in the headers. Dupré’s FF Yoga Sans is a contemporary alternative to Gill Sans, and a sober companion to FF Yoga Serif.

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Featured Web FontFonts, May 2013

This month’s round up of our favourite sites featuring Web FontFonts including Travis Kochel’s groundbreaking FF Chartwell, Mike Abbink’s bestselling FF Kievit and Max Phillips’s elegant  FF Spinoza.

Kerem Suer  — FF Chartwell Web

Kerem Suer 

Kerem Suer is a designer of digital products based in San Francisco and his portfolio subtly features Travis Kochel’s innovative chart-making font, FF Chartwell. Kerem uses FF Chartwell Lines Web on the contact page of his website.

St. Gallen Symposium — FF Kievit Web

St. Gallen Symposuim

The St. Gallen Symposium takes place annually in May in Switzerland and is a gathering of leaders organized by students from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. A number of weights of Mike Abbink’s FF Kievit Web appear in the headlines and titles of the site, including FF Kievit Light and FF Kievit Medium

Pitchfork Guide to Summer Festivals 2013 — FF Spinoza Web

Pitchfork Guide to Summer Festivals 2013

The Pitchfork Guide to Summer Festivals 2013 features Max Phillips’s FF Spinoza throughout the body copy and GT Pressura from Grilli Type in the headlines. Pitchfork is an online guide to independent music.

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The story and history behind FF Videtur on I Love Typography

FF Videtur

There is a fascinating article about the history and story behind FF Videtur – our newest FontFont by Axel Bertram and Andreas Frohloff  over on I Love Typography

Read the article in full.

FF Videtur


About FF Videtur

FF Videtur is based on bitmap fonts that were created by Axel Bertram, one of East Germany’s most legendary designers, for the state television broadcaster GDR-TV. Bertram spent a great deal of time researching and testing the display conditions of 625-line television screens. His findings prompted the creation of Videtur, a functional open serif with moderate contrast and a highly unique shape. Fast forward two decades later and with a helping hand from FontFont’s Head of Type, Andreas Frohloff, the whole character set has been completely re-drawn and reinvigorated. The best characteristics of the earlier forms were kept but the typeface’s vertical proportions, serif shape, and stroke contrast have been carefully reconsidered.

FF Videtur

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Featured Web FontFonts, March 2013

Back in February we celebrated the third birthday of our Web FontFonts – how time flies! This month’s round up of our favourite sites featuring Web FontFonts includes the highly popular FF Tisa family by Mitja Miklavčič, Max Phillips’ splendid FF Spinoza and Nina Stössinger’s charmingly sturdy FF Ernestine.

Typografie.info — FF Ernestine

Typografie set in FF Ernestine 

Typografie.info is the largest German-speaking online design platform all about type and typography and is set in Nina Stössinger’s delightfully feminine yet serious, FF Ernestine. Founded in 2001 by Ralf Herrmann, it’s a really active community with news articles and opportunities to share work and opinions.

Dave Dawson — FF Tisa and FF Tisa Sans

FF Tisa and FF Tisa Sans 

Dave Dawson is a Graphic Designer from Brooklyn in New York. His lovely site features Mitja Miklavčič’s versatile and super web-friendly FF Tisa Web and FF Tisa Sans Web in the body copy.

AQQ — FF Spinoza

AQQ set in FF Spinoza Web

The design collective AQQ sets their website in Max Phillips’ beautiful and sturdy workhorse, FF Spinoza. They make mainly furniture and are based in California. AQQ stands for “al que quiere” which when roughly translated from latin means “for he who wants it.”

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Featured Web FontFonts, February 2013

Since the launch of Web FontFonts almost three years ago, we have seen the web slowly transform from a dry and arid typographic landscape to one that is enriched and nourished by variety, flavour and choice. As part of a new monthly piece on our blog, we will present three sites we love, which feature Web FontFonts in use.

Wunderkammer — FF Bau

FF Bau WunderkammerThe Wunderkammer by the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library offers a plethora of medical art treasures. Ranging from pamphlets to books to portraits their collection is fascinating. Adorning the captions, titles and navigation is Christian Schwartz’s grotesk workhorse, FF Bau.

Uncrate — FF Tisa

FF Tisa UncrateFeaturing FF Tisa Web in the body copy and URW’s Alternate Gothic in the headlines, Uncrate is the digital magazine for guys who love stuff. They post five new things every day to satiate the discerning design gentleman’s thirst for things and stuff.

Sho — FF DIN

FF DINShowtime is one of America’s premium networks with eleven channels, on their website you can catch up on some of the most popular shows and subscribe to their service. Used throughout their site is one of our FontFont bestsellers and Albert-Jan Pool’s modern classic, FF DIN.

Does your website feature a Web FontFont? Our Lucy would love to hear from you, please drop her a line (lucy@fontfont.de) with details of your site.

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Our top 10 most popular webfonts in-use

You may have heard that our Web FontFonts are now supported by 98% of all desktop browsers. With a tantalising typographical treasure trove of 2240 Web FontFonts, it’s sometimes tricky to decide which web font is the best fit for your online brand presence. To provide a little inspiration and help you choose, we’ve brought together a selection of in-use cases of our top ten most popular web fonts that have caught our eye recently. 

FF Meta & FF Meta Serif

Parse by HowThe marvellous FF Meta and FF Meta Serif, Erik Spiekermann’s No-Brainer, feature on this great site Parse by How. Parse is a real smörgåsbord of design content; they scour the web to bring together what they call design ‘tapas for the brain’. 

FF DIN

FF DIN in-use

One of our bestsellers and a real classic typeface, FF DIN, features on the Budget 4 Change website. The thin horizontal strokes and fluent curves of FF DIN provide a sober and solid tone to the site which is dedicated to mapping, tracking and analyzing donor government budgets against official development assistance.

FF Unit & FF Unit Slab

Typolution

Evolution, Revolution, Solution. That is the simple philosophy behind Typolution, the ‘purely’ typographical website that covers the latest developments, innovations and advancements in the industry (all in German). The site uses our very own FF Unit for the body text and FF Unit Slab for the headers, offering a cool yet disciplined tone.

FF Dax

Juventus Member

FF Dax adorns the official team fan page of the football club Juventus, the site is the go-to resource for Juventus fans to join the community of supporters and buy a subscription.

FF Scala & FF Scala Sans

VRB

The website for the VRB (Vorratsgesellschaft) organization based in Germany is set in one of the bestselling and most serious text faces, the formidable FF Scala and FF Scala Sans. The VRB offers ‘off the’ Shelf Companies and legal advice. 

FF Tisa & FF Tisa Sans

Espen Dreyer

Espen Dreyer is a Norwegian freelance photographer and his website packed full of lovely snapshots. Set in one of our most prolific Web FontFonts, FF Tisa and the recently released FF Tisa Sans

FF Kievit

Blossom

The new start-up Blossom, offers a brand new product management tool and features Mike Abbink’s FF Kievit which offers a clean and open touch to their site.

FF Clan

Red Bull Academy Radio

The website of the Red Bull Music Academy Radio really packs a punch with the use of the strong and powerful FF favorite, FF Clan which was designed by Łukasz Dziedzic.

FF Fago

Regmodharz

The mighty fine FF Fago, one of our super families designed by Ole Schäfer, provides a conscious corporate air to the online presence of the green energy project, RegModHarz.

FF Dagny

Two Arms Inc.

Two Arms Inc are a team of two, who combine illustration and design in a delightful manner. Based in Brooklyn they are famed for their passion for screenprinting. Their website employs FF Dagny, by Örjan Nordling and Göran Söderström. Great minds think alike, as we use it on our site too!

We’ve recently received some lovely examples of FontFonts in-use. Keep ’em coming! If you’ve used a FF in a recent project and you’d like to be featured on our site, please email lucy@fontfont.de.

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