Archive for December, 2013

by Johnathan Zsittnik

Commitment can be a wonderful thing, but not always when it comes to choosing type — especially if you’re uncertain that a typeface is the right fit for your project. With this in mind, we’ve introduced a new avenue on to experiment, evaluate and discover Web fonts. All of Web font product pages are now integrated with Typecast – the browser-based design app made for designing with Web fonts.


Just follow the ‘Try it in Typecast’ link to reach the Typecast demo for that typeface. Enter custom text or adjust size, spacing, color and other attributes for an amazingly close preview. We’re hopeful this integration will provide a better path to explore our inventory for subscribers who are looking for a typeface for their next project as well as newcomers looking to evaluate our inventory.


We think you’ll love working with Typecast. If you do, consider picking up your own Typecast subscription which will allow you to save changes and unlock other features. Or, get your Typecast subscription for free with any Web Fonts Pro or Master plan. Ready to see for yourself? Try it out with this demo for the new Trade Gothic typeface family.

by Ryan Arruda


As Fontacular barrels through its final day, we wanted to remind you all that there’s still time to take advantage of ALL the wild deals from this week. That’s right, Fontacular best sellers such as the Neue Haas Grotesk, DIN Next, Mercury Script, and Veneer families are STILL on sale. Gander at the Fontacular page to see what’s up for grabs. Remember: get these deals now, because come end of day today they’ll be gone!

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who joined us for Fontacular, we hope you had as fun a time as we did. Don’t be sad that Fontacular is coming to a close, be happy because it happened and you were there. We also want to thank our amazing partners, including TattlyMama’s SauceField Notes, and Typefight for providing awesome giveaways, as well as the amazing Fontacular design work from Brad Woodard of Brave the Woods.

Many of you have been asking how such a monumental and herculean event like Fontacular came to fruition. We wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look of one facet of the event’s planning. Here are some Fontacular giveaway items that didn’t quite make the cut.


1. A series of fine porcelain plates commemorating historic typefaces.

2. Free fonts for life to those who tattoo anywhere above their neck.

3. Get a second set of fonts for free — just pay processing and handling.

4. Fontacular points — earn loyalty points to unlock rewards including a branded leather bomber jacket, belt buckle, travel mug or fanny pack.


5. Intellectual property rights to the complete Papyrus family.

6. The Fontacular soundtrack — easy listening and atmospheric hits from contemporary artists.


7. The “Font of the Month” club — an expertly curated assortment of artisan, gourmet, and free-range fonts delivered to your doorstep once a month.

8. A 30 cassette spoken word audio catalogue listing every product we have.

9. Official Fontacular Brand Brand — A livestock brand in the shape of the Fontacular logo. (Rejected because we thought it was cruel to the animals and some of the cows thought “o” and “n” were kerned too tightly.)

10. Certified pre-owned fonts.


Ryan ArrudaRyan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.

by Johnathan Zsittnik

For many designers, the prospect of buying a font is a mixed bag of excitement and trepidation. The idea of adding to your type arsenal can be exhilarating until you consider the uncertainty of whether the typeface will behave as expected when put to work in your project. Countless preview tools have been released to address these concerns, but none resolve them nearly as elegantly or effortless as SkyFonts.

The SkyFonts utility is a free, lightweight client that allows you to temporarily install fonts and synchronize them across multiple workstations. If you’ve been following along, you’ve heard us (and perhaps a few of your peers) talk about it quite a bit. Earlier this year, we teamed with Google to enable users to install Google Fonts through SkyFonts. We also made SkyFonts the delivery mechanism for desktop fonts within our Web Fonts subscriptions. Now we’re further broadening the use of the tool by enabling anyone to use it to try more than 30,000 fonts from over 100 foundries – all for free. Here’s how it works.


Visit and search for the font of your choice. If your font is available for free trial, it will contain a ‘download a free trial’ link on its product page, family page or search results listing. Click this link to initiate your trial. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to create a account and install the SkyFonts client (both are free). The site will prompt you to do both if you haven’t done so beforehand. Once you’re trial starts, the font is downloaded and installed on your machine and can be used like any other font. Open up your favorite design app, choose the typeface from your font menu and give it a test drive. Please remember that font trials are for evaluation purposes only. After five minutes, the font will disappear from your machine. From there its up to you to determined if this is the font of your typographic dreams or if you’d rather just be friends. Either way, you won’t see a heavy-handed offer to buy the font when your trial is over. desktop font trials will give you an unprecedentedly up-close preview of your fonts before you buy them. And judging from the feedback of our previous implementations, we think you’re going to love it. Go ahead and give it a try and let us know what you think.

by Ryan Arruda

The truly monumental milestones in the evolution of typographic history can no longer be counted off on one hand. Accredited scientists and peer-reviewed statistical studies show such hallmarks to be:

• Written language
• Illuminated manuscripts
• Movable type
• The microprocessor
• Arial



Have you always wanted all your dreams to come true? Look no further, dear reader, because for one week – December 2nd through 6th – is hosting the most impressive typographic event ever seen in the modern age. Fontacular will change the way you look at type. And life. Unlock all your type fantasies.


We’ve got single weights of type. We’ve got type selections. We’ve got complete type families…and they’re all up for grabs. Here’s what you need to know, hoss: each day we’ll reveal a brand new batch of deals that will drive you wild — with prices starting as low as $9, you’d be a fool to miss these deals. And because we idolize Laurence “Mr. T”  Tureaud, we shall pity you. Because come Friday, these deals will be gone forever. Keep constant watch on our Fontacular page for new products and excitement each day.


Plus, all week we’ll be featuring giveaways from our great partners, including Tattly, Mama’s Sauce (who printed an awesome Fontacular poster designed by our pals at Brave the Woods), Field Notes and Typefight. Just tweet to us @fontscom and use hashtag #fontacular to tell the world how our event has changed your life, and you could be showered with typographic goodies as well as held in high esteem in your community.

Have the pride of telling your children “I was there for Fontacular.

Be there for Fontacular.

Ryan ArrudaRyan Arruda is the Web Content Strategist at Monotype Imaging. Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Clark University, and an MFA in graphic design from RISD.

by Ryan Arruda

Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for November 2013:

Avenir Next
Neue Helvetica
Gill Sans
Trade Gothic
Proxima Nova
Gill Sans Infant
ITC Franklin Gothic
Linotype Univers
Classical Garamond
Sabon Next
DIN Next
Century Gothic
Museo Sans
Courier PS
VAG Rounded
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
ITC Caslon No. 224
Eurostile LT
Univers Next
Museo Slab
Neo Sans
ITC Legacy Serif
Harmonia Sans
ITC Century
ITC Lubalin Graph
Neue Helvetica eText
Motoya Birch
ITC Legacy Square Serif
Neue Frutiger
Trade Gothic Next
Diverda Serif
Swiss 721
ITC Officina Serif
Frutiger Next
ITC Bodoni Six
Brandon Grotesque
Soho Gothic
ITC Charter
ITC Officina Sans
Linotype Didot
ITC Conduit
Helvetica World
Bodoni LT
Adobe Garamond
Egyptienne F
ITC American Typewriter Hellenic
Bookman Old Style
Comic Strip
ITC American Typewriter
ITC Fenice
Droid Sans Mono
Rotis Sans Serif
PMN Caecilia
Zapf Humanist 601
Monotype News Gothic
Alternate Gothic
ITC Stone Informal
Neue Helvetica Arabic
VAG Rundschrift
Linotype Sketch
Sackers Gothic
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Humanist 777
ITC Eras
C Hei 2 PRC
Droid Serif
M Elle PRC
M Lady PRC
M Stiff Hei PRC
Monotype Goudy
Caslon Classico


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