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by Alan Tam

I’m pleased to announce a collection of typefaces specifically crafted for high-quality e-reading experiences, particularly for content displayed at smaller text sizes.

Intended for Web and digital content publishers and device manufacturers, the suite offers some of the most widely used typefaces traditionally used for print that have been designed and tuned for ease of readability and optimized performance on the Web and across devices. Classics like the Monotype Baskerville, ITC Galliard and Sabon designs were redrawn to improve their readability in various screen environments.

Our typeface designers worked to impart a richer contrast, an even color and slightly taller lowercase characters, all while ensuring that the typefaces appear as unmistakable cousins of their original print designs. The designs also include small caps and old style figures for professional-quality publishing design. These typefaces are available now through our Fonts.com Web Fonts subscribers for use on the Web.

eText Fonts

All typefaces in the collection have also been hand-hinted to display as clearly as possible across mobile devices from smartphones to tablets and e-readers. For device manufacturers, these fonts also take advantage of Monotype’s Edge™ tuning technology, enabling publishers to create and deliver high-quality, readable text across your device platforms and formats, including E Ink screens. The fonts look and perform best with devices that use Monotype’s iType font engine.

We intend to release more  fonts on an ongoing basis as part of our Monotype Portfolio for Digital Publishing, one of our value-added suites of typefaces and technologies designed to meet the requirements of customers in specific market segments. Our Monotype Portfolio for Digital Publishing addresses the needs of customers who are developing and delivering content for immersive reading on e-readers, tablets and other devices.

Our initial offering includes these popular designs:

Amasis eText (4 weights)

ITC Galliard eText  (4 weights)

Malabar eText (4 weights)

Monotype Baskerville eText (4 weights)

Neue Helvetica eText (4 weights)

Palatino eText (4 weights)

PMN Caecilia eText (4 weights)

Sabon eText (4 weights)

Ysobel eText (4 weights)

You can view the eText fonts here.

The Monotype eText typefaces can be licensed as Web fonts through our Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions. They are also ideal choices for e-book/publication titles, desktop publishing or as system fonts that are embedded in consumer electronics devices. Please contact Monotype for licensing details.

 


by Allan Haley


Xenois

There are common themes that run through each of Erik Faulhaber’s typeface designs: breadth of family size, applicability to a wide range of uses, and a search for character perfection. His Generis design is a system of four compatible families of slab serif, serif, sans serif and a “simple” sans in the spirit of American gothic typefaces. Faulhaber’s goal for Generis was to develop a suite of “generic” designs that could be used for a variety of design projects.

Generis was followed by the Aeonis family; a very large collection of typefaces inspired by Greek lapidary inscriptions and modern industrial design. Again, minimalist character construction and a variety of weights and proportions provide for typographic versatility. The newest offering from Faulhaber, his Xenois design, is the beginnings of a large super family of typefaces aimed at solving a diversity of typographic problems.

According to Faulhaber, “I melded the basic design characteristics of Generis and Aeonis to create the foundation for the Xenois family. The result is a typeface collection that is sufficiently large enough to be used in a multitude of design projects, distinctive in its individual character designs – yet minimalist in structure.”

The sub-families within the Xenois series interrelate perfectly. Proportions and underlying character shapes are completely compatible within all the designs. They have a common and obvious design bond, yet each is able to stand on its own as a distinct typestyle.

Simple shapes, a large x-height and squared shoulders, mark Xenois. Each sub-family is comprised of five weights from light to heavy, and all have companion italics. Xenois Sans is a design reduced to its simplest character shapes. Xenois Serif has serifs – but they are small, and only the most essential to ease of reading have been included in the design. Xenois Semi echoes the shapes and proportions of Xenois Sans but stroke weights have been modulated.

The complete Xenois family is available as desktop fonts from the Fonts.com and Linotype.com websites. It is also available for online use through subscriptions to the Fonts.com Web Fonts service.

Click here to learn more about – and to license – the Xenois family.

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 Ryan Arruda

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for February 2013:

Neue Helvetica
Trade Gothic
Helvetica
Gill Sans
Avenir
Univers
DIN Next
Futura
Avenir Next
Neue Frutiger
Frutiger
Optima
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Linotype Univers
News Gothic
Trade Gothic Next
Century Gothic
Monotype News Gothic
Futura T
Arial
ITC Franklin Gothic
Neo Sans
PMN Caecilia
Agilita
DIN 1451
Rockwell
Linotype Didot
Soho
ITC Lubalin Graph
New Century Schoolbook
ITC Garamond
ITC Conduit
Neue Haas Grotesk
VAG Rounded
Frutiger Next
News Gothic No.2
Soho Gothic
Univers Next
Abadi
Palatino
ITC Officina Sans
Sabon
Adelle
ITC Century
Gill Sans Infant
Eurostile LT
Calibri
Laurentian
Sackers Gothic
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Twentieth Century
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Garamond 3
Harmonia Sans
Frutiger Serif
ITC Fenice
Camphor
Bauer Bodoni
Neue Helvetica eText
Optima nova
ITC American Typewriter
Times
Candara
Eurostile Next
ITC Officina Serif
Helvetica World
Novecento
Yakout
Plantin
Gazette
Clarendon
MSung
Monotype Baskerville
Museo Slab
Cachet
Biome
Corporate S
ITC Franklin
Slate
Sassoon Sans
Bembo
Museo Sans
Albany
Compatil Text
Klint
Georgia Pro
Huxley Vertical
Baskerville
Monotype Garamond
Akko
ITC New Baskerville
Corporate E
Amasis
Alternate Gothic
Museo
Memphis
Egyptian Slate
Neuzeit Office
ITC Bodoni Seventytwo
MHei

Ryan Arruda
Ryan 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.
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

Our Fonts.com Web Fonts service has always provided great typefaces. Now it’s even easier to create great typography – thanks to the addition of the Typecast  design tool.

Subscribe or upgrade to a Professional subscription now.

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New Professional subscriptions from $40/month

Fonts.com Web Fonts Professional PlanExcellent news: We’ve redefined our Professional subscriptions to make them more affordable, plus we’re including a free Typecast subscription (worth $29 per month) with every Professional plan. From new fonts and our most popular fonts hand-tuned for the Web, to new technology such as OpenType feature support and new services like Typecast, we’re always adding more to our Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions and will continue this trend going forward.

Our new Professional plans start at just $40 per month and include 1M pageviews per month, but you can add additional pageviews as needed. Like before, Professional plans also include the self-hosting option and desktop fonts for creating website mockups. If you’re currently subscribed to a Professional plan or a 1M, 1.5M or 2M pageview Standard plan, we’ll upgrade your account automatically to make life easy.

Create better Web typography with less hassle

Just as exciting is the free Typecast subscription you’ll get with your Pro plan. This tool could completely reshape the way you build websites.

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Typecast is a powerful, browser-based design app that takes the pain out of designing with Web fonts. It lets you view, pair and compare Web fonts in the browser on full-length text without having to create screenshots, assemble comps or hand-code your CSS. Sliders, drop menus and simple inputs make it easy to set text in precise detail, and because you’re designing in the browser, you’re able see changes in real time and make better, faster decisions about quality, style and rendering.

As you design, standards-compliant HTML and CSS is produced behind the scenes, allowing you to quickly share Web-ready designs with developer colleagues and get more accurate prototypes in return. In the video below, Typecast’s Creative Director Jamie Neely offers you a look at the app in action:

Typecast — Experiment with Type from Typecast on Vimeo.

Typecast + Fonts.com Web Fonts: the perfect type pairing

Best of all, Fonts.com and Typecast work great together. You can design with every one of our 20,000 Web fonts in Typecast. Your Fonts.com account is linked to Typecast, so getting your design’s Web fonts onto your website is simple. When you’re ready to export your designs and start prototyping, Typecast will determine which fonts to serve up and provide an embed code that includes them. Going forward, you can continue to use Typecast to manage the font selections in your projects.

We want to play a part in reshaping typography on the Web, and feel this combination will help you make sound typographic decisions and refinements with the Fonts.com typefaces you know and love. To our new and current subscribers, we hope you enjoy Typecast. We sincerely believe it will help you create far better designs. We also believe it makes Fonts.com Web Fonts a far better offering and remain committed to growing these plans  with additional great services like Typecast as your needs evolve.

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Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.



by Allan Haley

Italics are the aristocrats of type: elegant, beautiful, and dignified. Their history can be traced back to a time before there were fonts of type, when only scribes and the most educated communicated with the written word.

Traditional typographic history would have us believe that italic types were invented by Aldus Manutius in the late 15th century as a space saving device. The story is told that Manutius hired Francesco Griffo da Bologna to develop a cursive type for a new series of small books that he was planning to produce. It is said that Manutius’ goal was to reduce paper costs and thus make his publications less expensive. Then, as now, paper was expensive, but saving paper was not the goal in the creating of italic type – and Manutius never sold an inexpensive book.

Mantika Sans Italics

Printers of the time spoke of “writing” a typeset page as if it were a letter to a friend. As this somewhat unusual terminology implies, the typeface provided a much closer link between printer and reader than it does today. Certain styles of type were reserved for specific groups of readers. Manutius was not so much trying to save space with the development of his italic, than he was appealing to the educated, worldly, and wealthy readers of the early Italian Renaissance (who’s handwriting style the italic type mimicked). As for the books’ size, Aldus’ goal was to sell books that were portable.

Jürgen Weltin also had something special in mind when he drew the italics for his Mantika™ Sans typeface family. The characters are inclined at only 4.5° (the usual angle for italics is between 10° and 12°) and, as a result, appear to be almost upright. In contrast to this, character shapes are quite fluid and reminiscent of brush-drawn scripts. The overall effect is enhanced by the script-like terminals. “Within the variety of forms of the italics there are many contrasting elements that create dynamism,” Weltin explains. “The result is a pleasant, but distinctive, interaction between the rounded and almost upright forms.” Mantika Sans Italic, in addition to being a perfect complement to the Roman designs, can also be used on its own to set display headlines and short text passages.

Mantika Sans is available in two weights; regular and bold, both of which have corresponding italics sets. It has been designed so that the widths of the four related cuts are identical, meaning that a change of font within a single layout will have no effect on line length or layout consistency.

Click here to learn more about – and to license – the Mantika family

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 Ryan Arruda

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for January 2013:

Neue Helvetica
Helvetica
Avenir
Gill Sans
Trade Gothic
Univers
Futura
DIN Next
Neue Frutiger
Avenir Next
Frutiger
Linotype Univers
ITC Avant Garde Gothic
Optima
PMN Caecilia
Trade Gothic Next
Century Gothic
News Gothic
Arial
Monotype News Gothic
Neo Sans
Agilita
DIN 1451
ITC Franklin Gothic
Linotype Didot
Rockwell
Univers Next
New Century Schoolbook
ITC Lubalin Graph
Soho
ITC Garamond
ITC Conduit
Neue Haas Grotesk
News Gothic No.2
ITC Century
Abadi
Adelle
Frutiger Next
Eurostile LT
Sabon
VAG Rounded
ITC Officina Sans
Calibri
Soho Gothic
Twentieth Century
ITC Fenice
Trade Gothic Next Soft Rounded
Garamond 3
Laurentian
Harmonia Sans
Neue Helvetica Arabic
Gill Sans Infant
Bauer Bodoni
Neue Helvetica eText
Sackers Gothic
Candara
Frutiger Serif
Eurostile Next
MSung
Biome
Palatino
Sassoon Sans
Slate
Yakout
Novecento
ITC Officina Serif
Times
Museo Slab
Clarendon
Klint
Helvetica World
Cachet
Bembo
Futura T
ITC Franklin
ITC Bodoni Seventytwo
Compatil Text
ITC American Typewriter
Albany
Georgia Pro
Rotis II Sans
Serifa
Monotype Garamond
Baskerville
Plantin
ITC Stone Sans
Glypha
Museo Sans
Neuzeit Office
ITC New Baskerville
Gazette
Heisei Kaku Gothic
Iridium
Memphis
Akko
Corporate S
Mitra
CHei2
Egyptian Slate
Basic Commercial

Ryan Arruda
Ryan 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 Sampo Kaasila

Last week we announced the availability of a technology that allows Web designers to use OpenType features more easily and reliably. The technology which is incorporated into our Fonts.com Web Fonts service ensures that OpenType features such as ligatures, fractions and alternate characters are rendered, even when a visitor’s browser does not inherently support OpenType features.

If you’re new to OpenType features, have a look at this demo page . Simple on / off buttons allow you to preview text with and without the use of OpenType features, helping to illustrate the impact they can make.

We’re charting new territory with this capability. As such, we consider this an experimental feature and hope that you can provide us with your feedback to help us evolve it.

When you’re working on your project, the OpenType Feature control appears on the Add & Edit Fonts utility if your project contains a font with OpenType features. If you’ve had a chance to try it out, you’ll now notice that the tools introduced last week have been placed on a basic tab. Here you can activate OpenType features for a particular CSS selector. The first of our enhancements to the technology can be found on an advanced tab. This tab can be used to specify which portions of your text you want to apply OpenType features to, instead of turning them on or off for all text associated with a particular CSS selector. The advanced tab also features a simple online text editor to streamline the creation of Web content using these features.

The editor works inside the browser so you do not have to install anything. It shows what the text will look like as it is being edited, and it helps you see what features are available in the selected font and what features are available in the selected text.

This example shows the Fonts.com Web Fonts OpenType Feature control and illustrates use of ligatures and fractions. The code below was output from the text editor while creating the example shown below. This code may be a handy starting point when building your CSS or HTML, or when using OpenType features for targeted blocks of texts.

We’ve also been hard at work releasing more OpenType fonts for you to use. You can now refine Web font search results to display just those containing OpenType features as shown below. We’ve also provided a list of great choices here to help you get you started using OpenType features on the Web.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<title></title>
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://fast.fonts.com/jsapi/74c1c08e-9c2a-4701-8328-4748e42bc503.js"></script>

<style>
.class-with-otf-main {
font-family: Ayita W03 Black; line-height: 01.5em;text-align:left;
}

.class-with-otf-0 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
–moz-font-feature-settings : ‘dlig= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–moz-font-feature-settings : “dlig” 1,“calt” 0;
–webkit-font-feature-settings : “dlig” 1,“calt” 0;
–ms-font-feature-settings : ‘dlig= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–o-font-feature-settings : “dlig” 1,“calt” 0;
font-feature-settings : “dlig” 1,“calt” 0;
}

.class-with-otf-1 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
}

.class-with-otf-2 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
–moz-font-feature-settings : ‘liga= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–moz-font-feature-settings : “liga” 1,“calt” 0;
–webkit-font-feature-settings : “liga” 1,“calt” 0;
–ms-font-feature-settings : ‘liga= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–o-font-feature-settings : “liga” 1,“calt” 0;
font-feature-settings : “liga” 1,“calt” 0;
}

.class-with-otf-3 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
}

.class-with-otf-4 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
–moz-font-feature-settings : ‘frac= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–moz-font-feature-settings : “frac” 1,“calt” 0;
–webkit-font-feature-settings : “frac” 1,“calt” 0;
–ms-font-feature-settings : ‘frac= 1′,‘calt=0′;
–o-font-feature-settings : “frac” 1,“calt” 0;
font-feature-settings : “frac” 1,“calt” 0;
}

.class-with-otf-5 {
font-size: 03.0em;
color: rgb(0, 0, 0);
text-decoration: none;
}

</style>
</head>
<body>
<div><span>st</span><span>acks of wa</span><span>ffl</span><span>es</span><span>1/2</span><span>off</span></div>
</body>
</html>

 


by Ryan Arruda

With over 20 million active users, Spotify is an emerging leader in the field of streaming music services. With a robust collection of companion apps available, Spotify music can also be accessed through a litany of digital devices — from computers, to smartphones, to tablets.

The Spotify website features utilizes Linotype’s Neue Helvetica typeface family quite extensively — the site’s navigation is set small in the stout, bold weight of the design, while body text is set in the extremely legible light style.

Customer Spotlight: Spotify

The site employs visually impressive parallax scrolling — full screen photographs contrast nicely when alternated with quiet swaths of white space and nicely set type.

Headlines set the thin weight of the Neue Helvetica family provides a nice balance of scale and proportion in relation to the other type elements on the site. Additionally, setting the headlines in a bright lime green reveals that even supposedly humorless neo-grotesque typefaces can, indeed, possess a more ebullient spirit.

The Neue Helvetica family is an indispensable tool for all designers, and is available in over 50 styles — from ultra light to black weights, as well as regular, condensed, and extended widths.

The Neue Helvetica collection is available through the Fonts.com Web Fonts service, and for desktop licensing as well.

Ryan Arruda
Ryan 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 Sampo Kaasila

The fact that all major Web browsers now support Web fonts is of course a great step forward for typography on the Web. However, not all Web browsers support the ability to use advanced typographic  features that are part of OpenType fonts, such as standard and discretionary ligatures, contextual alternates, small caps, fractions, swashes  and more. For this reason, it is important to know that OpenType font support is different from OpenType feature support.

OpenType fonts are supported by wrapping them into a WOFF container, or sometimes directly without the WOFF container.

The following example demonstrates text with and without standard ligatures.

standard ligatures

 The next example uses discretionary ligatures on the common ‘st’ letter combination.

discretionary ligatures

The text strings and character codes in the HTML stay the same no matter what OpenType features are used or not used. Instead, these features are simply controlled with the style, typically from the CSS file .

Unfortunately, the support for OpenType substitution features is not yet broadly available in Web browsers. The good news is that nearly all of the most recent releases of browsers offer some level of support for OpenType features or are expected to add support soon. This means that Web browsers are moving in the right direction. However, as of now, good support is missing from the most commonly used browsers. Moreover, it takes years to flush out old browsers from the market. All this has prevented the wide use of these OpenType features on the Web, until now .

Monotype is pleased to announce the beta release of a new cloud font technology solution within the Fonts.com Web Fonts service that makes it possible to immediately use these features in any browser that supports Web fonts.  For browsers that do not have solid support for OpenType substitution features, the cloud takes the information from the GSUB table in the font and compiles it into compact JavaScript code that these browsers can handle. The JavaScript code automatically transforms the glyph shapes into new, beautiful and typographically correct shapes.

As a Web designer, you can simply use standard CSS techniques for controlling these OpenType features, while relying on our service to ensure the page renders beautifully and as intended no matter what browser the visitor is using.

Fonts.com Web Fonts OpenType Features Control

To use this capability, sign in to your Fonts.com Web Fonts account and follow these steps

  1. Add one of the fonts listed here to a project. Be sure to select the version containing OT Features in the name. This list will grow rapidly, but for now, it will provide you with a few options to play around with.
  2. Open the Add & Edit Fonts control within your project on the Manage Web Fonts page.
  3. Click the OpenType Features tab and Use the Selector field to enter the names of the CSS selectors you would like to display using a font containing OpenType features.
  4. Choose the font containing OpenType features from the Select a font dropdown menu.
  5. A list of icons representing the OpenType features contained in the font will appear.
  6. Click the icon of any OpenType features you would like to use on your website.
  7. The preview text will change based on the OpenType features you select. (If nothing happens, modify the sample text in the ‘Test your own text here’ field to ensure your text string contains the necessary characters.
  8. Publish your project.

Check out this technology and start using OpenType features on the Web!


by Johnathan Zsittnik

Fonts.com serves a global audience. As such, we feel it’s important that our website ‘speaks’ more than just English. Today, you may have noticed the addition of two new languages to Fonts.com: German and Japanese. Both are among the most commonly spoken languages of our customer base and represent two of our fastest growing customer segments.

A look at the Fonts.com homepage in German

The next time you visit Fonts.com, if the language preference of your browser is set to German or Japanese, you will automatically be redirected to the German or Japanese version of the site. You can also use the language dropdown menu in the site’s upper right hand navigation to manually switch between languages. While the entire site has not yet been translated, just about everything you need  to browse fonts, purchase fonts or use our Fonts.com Web Fonts service is available in both German and Japanese. This includes the Fonts.com home page, the typeface family and product pages, the browse fonts pages, the Web fonts homepage, the Manage Web fonts page and the shopping cart. Content that has not yet been translated remains available in English, even when surfing in other languages.

Fonts.com's Manage Web Font Page in Japanese

A peek at the Web Fonts homepage on Fonts.com displayed in Japanese.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll continue to roll out many of the content pages in German and Japanese. If you’re wondering if additional languages will be added down the road, well, we’re considering that, too. For now, we invite our German and Japanese speaking friends to explore Fonts.com in their native language. We hope you enjoy this enhancement. But if you notice something doesn’t look quite right, please let us know.

Johnathan Zsittnik
Johnathan Zsittnik is the eCommerce Marketing Manager at Monotype Imaging. Johnathan holds both a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in business administration from Bentley University.