Today Monotype announced the acquisition of Design By Front, makers of Typecast – a browser-based tool for designing Web pages with Web fonts. Design By Front has been a valued partner of the Fonts.com team and we couldn’t be happier to have them as part of the family.
We welcome a talented group of individuals with intimate knowledge of creative markets and the challenges Web designers face. Over the past year, we’ve worked closely together. We’ve helped integrate our Fonts.com Web Fonts service into Typecast and participated in its private beta. We’ve also collaborated on speaking sessions and interviews about Web typography. This move ensures that these collaborations will continue, and we think you’ll like the outcome.
Typecast was born out of the desire to make Web fonts easier to use. We’ve shared that aspiration at Fonts.com, yet our focus in achieving this goal has been limited to the usability of our own Web font service. With Typecast in the fold, we can ensure Web fonts are easy and fun to use throughout the entire design process – from ideation to implementation.
Typecast allows designers to work more efficiently with Web fonts. So it only makes sense that we make this powerful tool readily available to Fonts.com Web Fonts subscribers. While we won’t disrupt Typecast’s compatibility with other services, we also intend to make it easier for Typecast users to select our own Web fonts. We believe this relationship will benefit users of Typecast and Fonts.com Web Fonts. We also hope it will help inspire more designers to choose Web fonts for their next project, resulting in a more beautiful and readable Web.