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by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for October 2011

Futura® Bold
Neue Helvetica® 35 Thin
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman
Avenir® 55 Roman
Avenir® 85 Heavy
Univers® 57 Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold
Garamond 3 Regular
Garamond 3 Italic
Avenir® 35 Light
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light
Bauer Bodoni® Black Italic
Helvetica® Condensed Bold
Sackers™ Gothic Heavy
Avenir® 65 Medium
Sackers™ Gothic Medium
Avenir® 95 Black, Extended
DIN 1451 Engschrift
Neue Helvetica® 25 Ultra Light
Futura® Medium
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold 20
Avenir® 95 Black
Linotype Univers® 620 Condensed Bold
Trade Gothic® Bold
Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold
Linotype Univers® 420 Condensed
Futura® Book
Linotype Didot® Bold
Linotype Didot® Roman
Linotype Didot® Italic
Linotype Univers® 320 Condensed Light, Extended
DIN Next™ Condensed Bold
Univers® 47 Condensed Light Oblique, Extended
Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium
Trade Gothic® Roman
Futura® Bold Condensed Oblique
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium
Avenir® 45 Book
Futura® Bold Condensed
Trade Gothic® Condensed 18
Futura® Medium Condensed
DIN Next™ Bold
Futura® Heavy
Trade Gothic® Bold 2
PMN Caecilia® 75 Bold
PMN Caecilia® 85 Heavy
Laurentian™ Semi Bold Italic
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light, Extended
Monotype Grotesque® Condensed
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Book
PMN Caecilia® 76 Bold Italic
Trade Gothic® Bold, Extended
Neue Helvetica® 47 Condensed Light
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold #20, Extended
Trade Gothic® Extended Bold
Neue Frutiger® Book
VAG Rounded™ Bold
Neue Frutiger® Bold
Neue Frutiger® Light
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman, Extended
Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed
Helvetica® Bold
DIN Next™ Regular
Administer BookItalic
Neue Helvetica® 87 Condensed Heavy
Neue Helvetica® 37 Condensed Thin
Helvetica® Bold, Extended
Rockwell® Bold
Avenir® 55 Roman
Univers® 67 Condensed Bold Oblique
DIN Next™ Condensed, Extended
Trade Gothic® Next Regular
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Medium
Neue Helvetica® 63 Extended Medium
Neue Helvetica® 53 Extended, Extended
Felbridge™ Regular
Neue Helvetica® 73 Extended Bold, Extended
VAG Rounded™ Light
Gill Sans® Book
Trade Gothic® Next Condensed Bold
Trade Gothic® Bold #2, Extended
Neuzeit® Office Bold
Neuzeit® Office Regular, Extended
Frutiger® 65 Bold
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Bold
Futura® Book, Extended
VAG Rounded™ Black
Helvetica® Bold Italic
Frutiger® 55 Roman
Rockwell® Regular
Neue Frutiger® Regular
ITC Lubalin Graph® Book
Avenir® Next Demi
Trade Gothic® Condensed #18, Extended
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium, Extended
Cochin® Roman
Neo® Sans Regular, Extended
Eurostile® Next Regular
Linotype Univers® 520 Condensed Medium
Frutiger® 45 Light, Extended


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for September 2011:

Avenir® 55 Roman
Futura® Bold
Avenir® 95 Black, Ext.
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman
Neue Helvetica® 35 Thin
Avenir® 85 Heavy
Univers® 57 Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold
Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold
Garamond 3 Regular
Garamond 3 Italic
Bauer Bodoni® Black Italic
Sackers™ Gothic Heavy
Sackers™ Gothic Medium
Avenir® 65 Medium
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold #20, Ext.
Avenir® 35 Light
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light
Neue Helvetica® 87 Condensed Heavy
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold 20
Trade Gothic® Bold
Helvetica® Condensed Bold
Neue Helvetica® 25 Ultra Light
Futura Medium
Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed
Administer BookItalic
Avenir® 95 Black
Linotype Univers® 620 Condensed Bold
Linotype Didot® Bold
Linotype Didot® Roman
Linotype Univers® 420 Condensed
Linotype Didot® Italic
Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium
Linotype Univers® 320 Condensed Light, Ext.
Futura® Book
Univers® 47 Condensed Light Oblique, Ext.
Trade Gothic® Roman
Avenir® 45 Book
Futura® Heavy
Futura® Bold Condensed
Futura® Medium Condensed
PMN Caecilia® 75 Bold
PMN Caecilia® 85 Heavy
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light, Ext.
Trade Gothic® Bold 2
PMN Caecilia® 76 Bold Italic
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Book
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium
Monotype Grotesque® Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 37 Condensed Thin
Neue Helvetica® 47 Condensed Light
Neue Frutiger® Light
Trade Gothic® Bold, Ext.
Neue Frutiger® Bold
Neue Frutiger® Book
ITC Legacy® Serif Bold Italic
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman, Ext.
VAG Rounded™ Bold
Rockwell® Bold
Trade Gothic® Condensed 18
Univers® 67 Condensed Bold Oblique
Avenir® 55 Roman, Ext.
Trade Gothic® Extended Bold
Felbridge™ Regular
Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold, Ext.
Cochin® Roman
Neuzeit® Office Bold
Neuzeit® Office Regular, Ext.
VAG Rounded™ Black
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Medium
Neue Helvetica® 63 Extended Medium
Neue Helvetica® 53 Extended, Ext.
Frutiger® 65 Bold
Neue Helvetica® 73 Extended Bold, Ext.
DIN Next™ Bold
Frutiger® 55 Roman
Trade Gothic® Bold #2, Ext.
DIN Next™ Regular
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Bold
VAG Rounded™ Light
Trade Gothic Next Regular
Helvetica® Bold, Ext.
Helvetica® Bold
Trade Gothic® Condensed #18, Ext.
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium, Ext.
DIN 1451 Engschrift
DIN Next™ Condensed Bold
Frutiger® 45 Light, Ext.
Neo Sans Regular, Ext.
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Demi
Palatino® Sans Arabic Regular
Avenir® Next Demi
Trade Gothic Next Condensed Bold
Eurostile® Next Regular
Eurostile® Next Extended Regular
Trade Gothic® Light
Eurostile® Next Extended Bold
Eurostile® Next Extended Semibold
Eurostile® Next Semi Bold, Ext.
Gill Sans® Book


by Chris Roberts

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for August 2011:

Neue Helvetica® 87 Condensed Heavy
Administer BookItalic
Univers® 57 Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 77 Condensed Bold
Avenir® 85 Heavy
Garamond 3 Regular
Helvetica® Condensed Bold
Futura® Bold
Garamond 3 Italic
Bauer Bodoni® Black Italic
Neue Helvetica® 35 Thin
Sackers™ Gothic Heavy
Sackers™ Gothic Medium
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman
Neue Helvetica® 57 Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold
Avenir® 35 Light
Avenir® 65 Medium
Avenir® 55 Roman
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light
Trade Gothic® Bold
Futura Medium
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold 20
Trade Gothic® Condensed Bold #20, Ext
Avenir® 95 Black
Neue Helvetica® 25 Ultra Light
ITC Legacy® Serif Bold Italic
Avenir® 95 Black, Ext
Futura® Book
Linotype Didot® Bold
Linotype Didot® Roman
Linotype Didot® Italic
Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium
Linotype Univers® 420 Condensed
PMN Caecilia® 75 Bold
Linotype Univers® 620 Condensed Bold
Futura® Bold Condensed
Neue Helvetica® 47 Condensed Light
PMN Caecilia® 85 Heavy
Linotype Univers® 320 Condensed Light, Ext
PMN Caecilia® 76 Bold Italic
Futura® Medium Condensed
Univers® 47 Condensed Light Oblique, Ext
Futura® Heavy
Neue Helvetica® 37 Condensed Thin
Monotype Grotesque® Condensed
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Book
Avenir® 45 Book
VAG Rounded™ Black
Neue Helvetica® 45 Light, Ext
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium
Avenir® 55 Roman, Ext
Rockwell® Bold
VAG Rounded™ Bold
Neue Helvetica® 55 Roman, Ext
Trade Gothic® Roman
Felbridge™ Regular
Neue Helvetica® 63 Extended Medium
Trade Gothic® Extended Bold
Neue Helvetica® 53 Extended, Ext
Helvetica® Condensed Bold, Ext
Neue Helvetica® 73 Extended Bold, Ext
Frutiger® 65 Bold
Neue Frutiger® Light
Eurostile® Next Regular
Eurostile® Next Extended Regular
Eurostile® Next Extended Bold
Neue Helvetica® 65 Medium, Ext
Eurostile® Next Extended Semibold
Eurostile® Next Semi Bold, Ext
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Medium
Frutiger® 55 Roman
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Bold
ITC Avant Garde Gothic® Demi
Trade Gothic® Light
Neue Frutiger® Bold
Neo Sans Regular, Ext
Trade Gothic® Bold, Ext
Neue Frutiger® Book
Univers® 67 Condensed Bold Oblique
DIN Next™ Regular
Helvetica® Light, Ext
Trade Gothic® Condensed 18
Helvetica® Rounded Condensed Bold
Palatino® Sans Arabic Regular
Frutiger® 45 Light, Ext
Neue Frutiger® Regular
Cochin® Roman
Helvetica® Condensed
Trade Gothic® Condensed #18, Ext
Neo® Sans Arabic Regular
VAG Rounded™ Light
ITC Lubalin Graph® Book
Neue Helvetica® 67 Condensed Medium, Ext
Avenir® Next Demi
Avenir® 35 Light, Ext
Neue Helvetica® 75 Bold, Ext
Neue Frutiger® Medium
Helvetica® Bold, Ext
Frutiger® 65 Bold, Ext


by Chris Roberts

PDF Catalog of Hand-Hinted Web Fonts

If you’ve been following the developments regarding “Web fonts”, you’ve probably heard someone complain about the way some Web fonts look in the Windows® operating system. You may have even heard that the problem is more specifically to do with Windows XP. If you really dug deep, you may have read that the most egregious cases are centered on a scenario where a Windows XP user is surfing with a browser that does not have default ClearType® support. And if you are a total Web fonts junky with way too much time on your hands, you may have looked up operating system and browser market share figures and arrived at the conclusion that over 30% of your visitors may fall into this category. Then, you may have been overcome with feelings of nausea, dread and hopelessness.

All is not lost. First of all, time is on your side. XP won’t be around forever. Every day Windows 7 is gaining ground on XP. Someday this will all be nothing more than a poorly rendered memory. Better still, you don’t have to wait for “someday”. There is something you can do today to cure those XP induced Web font blues. Fonts.com Web Fonts now offers over 600 “hand-hinted” Web fonts to help address this specific situation. Among them you will find several classics like Avenir®, Bookman Old Style™, Century Gothic™, Eurostile® Next, Frutiger®, Helvetica®, Trade Gothic® and Univers®.

What does hand-hinted mean? Basically, it means that a real person sat in front of a computer monitor and studied each character at different point sizes, making painstaking adjustments until they were satisfied with the result. But we are not talking about just any person. Hand-hinters are to fonts what sommeliers are to wine. It takes many years to learn to do it well. Every font is different in design and characteristic. It takes a rare and highly skilled expert to get it right.

Monotype Imaging has been in the hinting business since the beginning. Over the years we have accumulated a great deal of font hinting knowledge and talent. We’ve also produced a very large number of expertly hand-hinted fonts. Today, it’s our pleasure to share them with you.

Here’s a link to our hand hinted Web fonts now available on Fonts.com Web Fonts:
Click here

Here’s a link to a PDF catalog of our hand-hinted Web fonts:
Click here


by Allan Haley

The sixth installment in Illuminating Letters will be about the Century typeface family – the first typographic “super family.” The lineage of the first super family dates back to1894, to the fruits of the collaborative labors between publisher Theodore Lowe DeVinne and typographer Linn Boyd Benton. The Century family is in fact a dynasty. After several generations, it is now enjoying its third century as a powerful typographic communicator.

The Illuminating Letters series is about the most significant and enduring typeface families. Each article provides a brief history of the typeface; its design attributes, the availability of the original design and newer versions of the design, and tips for using the family. The first five Illuminating Letters articles have been about the Bodoni, Garamond, Franklin Gothic and Optima® typefaces. Future articles are scheduled to cover the Bembo®, Frutiger® and ITC Galliard™ designs. Each issue can also be downloaded as a print-friendly PDF.

If you would like us to shed some light on your favorite typeface, please let us know by commenting here – or by sending an email to allan.haley@fonts.com, and we will consider it for our growing list of future topics for Illuminating Letters.

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 Allan Haley

Fonts for metal and early phototypesetting machines like the Linotype and Monotype had to be created within a crude system of predetermined character width values. Every letter had to fit within, and have its spacing determined by, a grid of only 18 units. This meant that if the ideal proportions of a particular character did not fit within a subset of these 18 units, it had to be altered so that it did. As a result, type designers were often compelled to compromise their designs from what they felt was ideal so they would work within the confines of the technology.

Spacing Comparisons

The original Frutiger™ typeface was such a design. The face dates back to 1968, when Adrian Frutiger was commissioned to design the signage for the then-new Charles de Gaulle Airport in Roissy, France. Frutiger’s goal was to create a sans serif typeface with the rationality and clean lines of his Univers design, but softened with organic, almost calligraphic, nuances.

The Frutiger signage was completed and installed at de Gaulle airport in 1975. It took two more years to convert it into fonts for phototypesetting. In the process, Frutiger was forced to make changes to many characters to accommodate the spacing limitations of early phototypesetting technology.

Neue Frutiger™, drawn as a collaboration between Adrian Frutiger and Linotype type director Akira Kobayashi, is based on the original Frutiger typeface, but incorporates many changes. The most obvious is an increase in the family’s range of weights. Neue Frutiger has ten roman weights – each with an italic counterpart. Other, more subtle, improvements were also made. Because the new design is not bound by the design restrictions put on the first Frutiger, Neue Frutiger improves on the original design in important areas, such as character design and spacing. Kobayashi and Frutiger also concentrated on enhancing character legibility at small sizes. Neue Frutiger enjoys all the design and spacing refinements that current digital technology can provide.

Neue Frutiger Example Page

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.


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