Archive for July, 2014

by Ryan Arruda

Type Through the Eras is in the midst of a three-day sale celebrating some of the most distinctive eras in design history. Running until July 25th, our Type Through the Eras sale brings you classic and contemporary typefaces inspired by important design periods of the 20th century—with up to 85% savings! We’ve featured fonts from the elegant Art Deco era, as well strong, industrial typefaces inspired by the Constructivism era. This promotion won’t last, so be sure to take advantage of these excellent discounts before it’s too late.

Just check out the Type Through the Eras page on to learn all the details of the event, and to see us reveal our last featured era on Friday! Plus, you can also win some excellent design-themed prizes—just tweet @Fontscom using the hashtag #TypeEras. Again, see our Type Through the Eras page all the details.

In the meantime, take a look at a few of the great families that are part of this sale:


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 Allan Haley

Quire Sans

“I always start by visualizing the design in my head,” says Jim Ford about how he designs typefaces. “I’ll work out the concept in my mind for several days – or even weeks – before I start to draw anything.” Many type designers first visualize a new typeface in their mind’s eye, but they typically quickly transfer their mental images to sketches – either on screen or on paper. Ford’s process is unusual – in several ways.

He does not move on to the next step until he has fully worked out the design concept in his mind. Once Ford has revised and refined a mental design to his satisfaction, he either files it away mentally for future development, or he proceeds to sketch a few characters.

In the case of the Quire Sans™ typeface, Ford’s mental design was a meditation on contemporary humanist sans serifs. “I had developed several proprietary sans serif families over the years for various companies’ branding purposes,” says Ford. “Quire Sans is in a sense a reflection of all that knowledge and experience. I felt it was time to make a humanist sans of my own.” His vision was to make a design that would communicate clearly in all environments. “To ensure that Quire Sans would perform well on screen, I did what I call ‘soft proofs’ of the design on my computer before I actually printed anything out for further review,” explains Ford. He also performed screen tests on both Mac and Windows machines. “Interestingly, you discover some major changes in imaging on screen between the two platforms,” Ford explains.

Quire Sans

Ford’s design process is different from other designers’ in additional ways. After drawing characters that embody the essence of the design, he uses these to make a poster. “I create a poster for the typefaces I draw before I’m very far into the actual design process,” says Ford. “I’ll set key words at various sizes to see how the design looks in use. The letters have to work and function as a typeface. The poster shows me the ‘end game.’ Only when I’m pleased with the key words, do I continue with the design process.” Ford kept his poster of the Quire Sans design close at hand while he drew the rest of the characters – and referred to it often. The result is a typeface family that does indeed perform admirably in an extremely wide range of sizes and applications.

Quire Sans

“It was challenging to achieve all my objectives for the design,” Ford acknowledges, “from representing my personal style, to capturing the essence of oldstyle typefaces, and making a sans serif family that performs well in nearly any environment. I admit I’m pleased with how it all turned out. The designs work well together, and I believe they can work in virtually any environment. If this were the only sans serif design that I do, I would be very happy with it.”

The Quire Sans family is comprised of 20 typefaces – 10 weights from thin to fat – each with an italic complement. The designs are available as desktop fonts, and as a special introductory offer the complete Quire Sans family is available for just $99 until August 12th! That’s an 80% savings!

The Quire Sans collection is also available as Web fonts through all Web Fonts paid subscriptions;  in addition, the Quire Sans family is available as desktop fonts through Professional and Master subscriptions, as well as plans paired with our new desktop add-on option.

Allan Haley
Allan Haley is Director of Words & Letters at Monotype Imaging. Here he is responsible for strategic planning and creative implementation of just about everything related to typeface designs.

by Johnathan Zsittnik

Just over a year ago, we debuted our Master level Web Fonts plans. These plans offer our broadest range of benefits including millions of pageviews and our Typecast design app. But the keystone is unlimited desktop fonts. This feature was inspired by the knowledge that most of our customers design for both print and the Web, and that Web designers rely on tools traditionally used for print. Today, the desktop font feature has proven to be incredibly popular among Master subscribers—in fact, many of you on our other plans have shown interest in having it available as well. Starting today, you can!

Add Unlimited Desktop Fonts

Standard and Pro subscribers can now add unlimited desktop fonts to their existing subscriptions. This is a great option for those designing for print and the Web, but don’t have the traffic to justify moving all the way up to the Master plan. Boost any new or existing subscription for an additional $50 per month (or a little less for annual or three year plans). At the cost of 1–2 fonts, we hope you’ll agree that this is a great value.

The feature operates just like our Master subscriptions. Fonts are distributed through our SkyFonts client—the original desktop font syncing utility. Browse through our selection of more than 7,000 amazing designs from top foundries—including Monotype, Linotype, ITC, Bitstream, Ascender and others—and sync fonts on up to five workstations. When you see one you like, click the ‘add to SkyFonts’ button and SkyFonts will install the font for you. Repeat as often as you like. Fonts are licensed similar to traditional fonts, giving you an unparalleled range of assets for creating logos, imagery and more.

To add unlimited desktop font to a Standard or Pro subscription, visit our Plans & Pricing page, select the ‘Include unlimited desktop fonts’ button and click ‘update my plan’ or ‘subscribe now.’ If you have an existing subscription, we’ll sync up your billing so you’ll receive only one charge each billing period. We think you’ll love this new option, but if its not for you or you no longer need it, you can cancel the desktop font add on at any time, and even retain your Web font subscription if you like. This is a great way to get access to an amazing library of fonts without making a major commitment up front.

by Ryan Arruda

Here’s a listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service for June 2014:

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

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