Today Monotype Imaging announced the Web Font Awards – a design competition for websites using Web fonts. When the competition opens up next month, Web designers will be able to submit their creations for feedback, self-promotion and prizes. Visitors to the site will be able to rate and discuss the contributions. The Web Font Awards will aim to promote and aid the adoption of Web fonts. In that spirit, the competition has been opened to users of any Web font technology (as long as the site uses real fonts).
What excites me about the Web Font Awards is the opportunity to see some of the best design that’s being done using this new tool. A competition like this provides a level playing field – allowing the best designs and designers rise to the top no matter how recognizable their brand may be or how much traffic their site receives. In the few short months since the start of our Fonts.com Web Fonts beta, we’ve had thousands of users pour in to help test our service. We’ve received much feedback which has helped us to improve the service and line up many more enhancements to come. The beta has also provided some of our first glimpses of Web fonts in use. As you might expect, implementations by our heaviest users and closest customers have been the most visible. We expect that the Web Font Awards will shine a light on some great work that may have otherwise not received its due.
I hope this encourages those that are already using Web fonts reason and opportunity to share their creations with a greater audience, while providing those who haven’t started designing with Web fonts, one more reason to give it a shot.