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by Ryan Arruda

One of the goals we had when the new Fonts.com debuted in May was to make visiting the site a truly engaging visual experience. In addition to providing typical type specimens, we wanted to also incorporate expressive typography at the heart of the homepage.

As you’ve probably noticed, each month Fonts.com features four new images on its masthead, all showcasing a different typeface available on the site. These large main graphics – known as hero images – are meant to expressively present the character and nuance of not only our new releases, but best-selling and hidden gem type families.

In addition, another goal of the new site design is to celebrate the type and design community across the spectrum – each month we feature guest designers providing their interpretation of one specific type family. Whether established pros, or up-and-coming young guns, we wanted the opportunity to inspire our customers with typographic compositions from folks creating some of the most well-crafted design work today.

We’re happy to announce that we’ve created an archive of all 28 hero images which have debuted on Fonts.com so far this year. This will be a living collection, constantly updated with information on which typefaces are featured, links to purchase them, as well as links to the sites of the talented designers who we’ve had the pleasure to work with.

The image used as this post’s header was designed by Monotype Imaging’s Creative Director – Dennis Michael Dimos – and is the hero offering for Linotype’s handsome new Agmena family. On the Fonts.com homepage you’ll also find image designs from Nancy Harris Rouemy – who showcased the flowing, graceful flair of the Reina family – as well as John Passafiume, who crafted an amazing drawn version of the stately ITC Edwardian Script collection. Rounding out November’s designs, Alex Perez presents a dimensional treatment of the robust, slab serif Lexia family.

We hope you enjoy and are inspired by all of the hero images we post – keep an eye out for more as we debut four fresh designs each month!

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 Matt Brinkerhoff

The dust has settled and the winners of the 2011 Web Font Awards have been chosen. Our panel of expert judges – composed of Dan Rhatigan, Jason Pamental and Josh Clark – pulled no punches and subjected our three finalists to the critique of a lifetime! Here’s how the judges ranked the winners.

3rd Place: SAM | Mamus Creative

SAM | Mamus Creative

While some may criticize the usage of a font so similar to other Web-safe options out there, MAMUS Creative managed to differentiate its entry by choosing less common weights of the Helvetica® face served by Fonts.com Web Fonts, creating an experience that reflects the high-end nature of SAM’s offerings. SAM-NYC.com designer John Mamus has shown us that sometimes the smallest alterations can have a large impact on the final product.

“Here at the MAMUS studio, we are absolutely thrilled to have proper fonts at our disposal. It has already changed how we work. In fact, every new Web initiative we are working on makes use of Web fonts. What’s more, we can now align the brand typographical usage to match in print, Web, broadcast and beyond. It is an excellent time to be a creative person.”

 

2nd Place: Portfolio of Debbie Millman | Armin Vit

Debbie Millman | Armin Vit

Our judges were impressed by the use of the Neue Haas Grotesk™ design, also served by Fonts.com Web Fonts, to create a bold but accessible look for DebbieMillman.com portfolio site of writer/educator Debbie Millman. Our judges also praised the layout, which held up well on mobile platforms. The man behind UnderConsideration and last year’s Judges’ Choice runner-up Armin Vit returns with another award-winning project.

“It was so exciting to control such a beautiful typeface through CSS and it rendered so nicely. Plus, of course, the artwork just came through behind it perfectly. This also led quite by accident to a very well proportioned mobile version of the site. The backgrounds were [acting up] on the iPad® and iPhone® devices, so I just stripped them away and the type by itself looked great. I couldn’t have pulled this off with Arial® — no offense.”

None taken, Armin.

 

1st Place: Fork Unstable Media | Fork Unstable Media

Fork Unstable Media | Fork

Our panel loved Fork.de’s innovative Web design techniques, but it was its dedication to using Web fonts wherever possible that helped propel them to the top of the contest. You won’t find a single piece of traditional Web-safe or rasterized text on Fork.de. Self-hosting the Malabar™ Pro typeface from the Linotype® collection, FORK Unstable Media has truly taken its use of Web fonts to the next level.

Roman Hilmer, Creative Director at Fork on why Malabar was selected: “Karin came across Malabar at just the right time. We wanted a serif typeface that fit with our “antique” oracle concept but also brought in something new. It needed to look like it was carved in stone, but also be a bit of a showoff, and naturally work on the Web. Right away we all knew we wanted to use it as a Web font.”

Congratulations to all of the winners and many thanks to our media partners, sponsors, entrants and the entire community for your contributions to the 2011 Web Font Awards!

Matt Brinkerhoff
Matt Brinkerhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in E-Business from Champlain College and has experience in user experience, multivariate testing, design and Web development. Through his work as a freelance designer, Matt developed an affinity for typography years before joining the team.



by Johnathan Zsittnik

Community Choice Winner: Baltimore Fishbowl, Fastpot

Congratulations to Baltimore-based interactive agency, Fastspot for their winning entry. And thank you for the thousands of votes on webfontawards.com that put this and bright, lively and informative site on top, while making the competition spirited and engaging.

Web Font Awards 2011 Baltimore Fishbowl

 

Judges’ Choice Finalists

The Judges’ Choice winners will be determined Monday at 3:50 p.m. at the Web Font Awards ceremony at the Future of Web Design Conference. Follow @webfontawards for live updates from the ceremony. Thanks to our media partners, HOW, Creative Review, Slanted and Novum for their nominations. Here’s a look at your finalists. More on each after the ceremony. In the meantime, who do you think will come out on top?

 

SAM by Mamus

Web Font Awards 2011 SAM

 

Das Fork by Fork Unstable Media GmbH

Web Font Awards 2011 Das Fork

 

Debbie Millman by Armin Vit

 

Congratulations to the other sites receiving nominations!

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 Johnathan Zsittnik

Yesterday, we opened up the call for entries to the 2011 Web Font Awards. If you’re just learning about it for the first time (and haven’t already guessed), the Web Font Awards is a design competition for websites using Web fonts. Entrants compete for two prizes. Our Community Choice winner goes to the site with the highest rating on webfontawards.com. Anyone can rate a site by creating a free account. Let your voice be heard. Our Judges’ Choice award will be determined American Idol-style by a live panel of judges at the Future of Web Design New York conference in November. Our winners will receive a hefty take that includes a trip to the Future of Web Design London conference in 2012, an iPad® 2 device, a subscription to Fonts.com Web Fonts and other prizes.

If you’re familiar with the Web Font Awards, let me catch you up on what’s new with this year’s competition.

New breed of entrants
A lot has changed in a year. While we’re still in the early phases of adoption, there are far more users and many more recognizable brands leveraging this exciting technology than just one year ago. Visit webfontawards.com frequently to see who.

Increase the power of your vote
Everyone has a vote in our Community Choice award, but not all will be created equal. Make sure yours carries as much weight as possible! In order to stimulate engagement in the competition as well as fair voting practices, we’ve built in some controls that will allow you to increase your influence. Those who contribute designs, vote frequently, vote fairly and share info with us that tell us you’re not a robot, will be rewarded by having their votes worth more.

Share your site
Web Font Awards sharing widgetIf you contribute your design, you’ll find code for a handy promotional widget on your contribution page. Add the code to your own site to present a snapshot of your entry and its current rating to your visitors and encourage them to rate your site. Each submission page also includes a host of sharing tools to promote entrants through the social avenue of your choice.

Once again, we’d like to thank our friends at Carsonified for helping us put on the Web Font Awards as well as our media partners, HOW, Creative Review, Slanted and Novum and our many sponsors.

We hope you enjoy the competition. Now get out there and submit, rate, and enjoy!

 

2011 Web Font Awards

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.


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