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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.



by Allan Haley

Rounded sans serif typefaces carry the authority and clarity of typical sans – and add a sense of approachability. They are not “cute” – but they are amiable. Rounded sans also maintain all the legibility of their more traditionally designed brethren while being more personable.

Sans serif typefaces have been the mainstay for branding, signage, wayfinding, and advertising for well over a century. While the story is told that early designs were called “grotesques” because they were perceived as, well, ugly; sans serifs have firmly established themselves in the typographic pantheon as straightforward, no-nonsense graphic communicators. Recently, however, rounded sans have become popular alternatives as more friendly – more human – typographic spokespeople. Everything from logos to ad campaigns have benefited from these affable designs.

Creating a rounded sans serif typeface, however, is not an easy task. It entails much more than rounding off the edges of stroke terminals. In some instances stroke lengths must be lengthened to look correct, while in other cases they must be shortened for the same reason. Small parts of characters, like the ear of a ‘g’ or flag of an ‘r,’ may also need to be adjusted. The list goes on.

Designed by Akira Kobayashi, Avenir Next Rounded is the third generation of Adrian Frutiger’s Avenir typeface. Although a consistently popular and exceptionally versatile design, Kobayashi saw the potential for a new, softer interpretation of the Avenir Next characters. The rounded terminals he incorporated into the design infuse it with a more complex – and genial – quality. Kobayashi has maintained the modified geometric structure of Frutiger’s original design, and added to it a softness that transforms the typeface.

As an additional benefit, you can save over 75% on the entire Avenir Next Rounded family until January 15th. Be one of the first 1000 customers to purchase and you can get the entire Avenir Next Rounded for only $99. Make sure to take advantage of this promotion before it expires or sells out!

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

Founded in Southern California nearly four decades ago, Mongoose is a recognized authority in the biking world. With an extensive collection of rugged mountain, BMX, and street bikes in their product line, it’s fitting that the company’s website is indeed peppered with a distinctly kinetic and visceral visual spirit.

Bold, prominent typography contrasts seamlessly with imagery overlaid with bright, saturated colors. The site’s top navigation features the DIN 1451 typeface for its main elements, as well as the stocky, bold weight of the ITC American Typewriter family for secondary items.

The body of the site follows in a similar vein — headlines are generously set in the EngSchrift style of DIN 1451, while subheadings and body copy are set in the bold and medium varieties of ITC American Typewriter, respectively. The friendliness of the ITC American Typewriter family is an especially nice foil to the seemingly pragmatic demeanor of DIN 145.

DIN 1451 is available in both a regular and condensed weight. ITC American Typewriter is available in three weights — light through bold — and features matching italic designs as well as three condensed styles. Both designs are available through subscriptions to the Fonts.com Web Fonts service.

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 Ryan Arruda

Here’s a ranked listing of Fonts.com Web Fonts’ top 100 most used Web fonts for November 2012:

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


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 Ryan Arruda

For over three decades, Timberland has been a premier designer of foot and outdoor wear. Employing over 5,000 people, Timberland products are sold in specialty stores worldwide, including through their own retail locations.

The company’s website features an excellent implementation of display typography: overlaid upon photographs, a rotating carousel of large headlines are set in the bold weight of the ITC Lubalin Graph family, while supporting text employs the Bold Condensed No. 20 weight of the Trade Gothic collection.

Both faces are exceptionally structural in their design, yet quite complementary. ITC Lubalin Graph – with roots in the Herb Lubalin–inspired ITC Avant Garde Gothic family – possesses an overt kindly charm.

Subheadings are set in Trade Gothic Bold Condensed No. 20. Despite being a slightly more stoic typeface, the diminutive use of the family on the Timberland site prevents it from undoing ITC Lubalin Graph’s cheerful disposition.

ITC Lubalin Graph is available in 18 styles, from a delicate extra light weight, to a industrial strength bold. A condensed width featuring the same weights round out this versatile collection. The Trade Gothic family is available 14 styles, and is comprised of  both regular, condensed, and extended widths. In addition to online use, both type families are available for desktop licensing through Fonts.com 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.