Monthly Archives: March 2011

March ’11 Staff Picks

Spring has sprung here in the Northern Hemisphere and so have our March 2011 Staff Picks! Here’s just a sample of fonts that will surely make your designs bloom.

The Axel Family, designed by Erik Spiekermann for FontShop AG, was intended as a solution for spreadsheet users who were stuck with Arial and Verdana for their tables. Axel’s legibility and economy are results of its condensed, open design and its expertly hinted TrueType outlines. And speaking of economy, the four-font package rings up at under $80.

Image courtesy of Dharma Type

Not all scripts have to be “flowery” this spring. For one that makes a bold statement, try HT Maison from Flat-it Type Foundry. HT Maison was inspired by 1950s Italian shopfront lettering, and fits right in with designer Ryoichi Tsunekawa‘s collection of retro type.

Image courtesy of Process Type Foundry

Seravek from Process Type Foundry is a linear sans serif designed to perform in identity, editorial, and information design with a quiet efficiency. Its tool belt is fully equipped with OpenType features such as small caps and figure variants, as well as Western, Central European, and Turkish language character sets.

This is just a taste of what we’ve picked for you this month. Check out the rest of our March 2011 Staff Picks here.

Try Out and “Like” FontShop’s Facebook Integration

Do you adore Tiina Professional? Want to tell the world about Calypso I Heavy? Now you can just click the Like button at the top of each product page and a link to your devotion will appear on your Facebook wall. While you’re clicking away, don’t forget to like FontShop on Facebook as well.

Furthermore, if you’re looking to simplify the process of logging in or registering for your FontShop account, we’ve got you covered. Want to avoid the forms and get straight to the fonts? The new “Login with Facebook” option on will connect you with just one click.

For returning customers, this option will allow you to merge your existing FontShop account with your Facebook, if your emails used for both are the same. You’ll still experience a secure log in to access all your account information, but without the need to remember multiple passwords. Additionally, new customers can now register for the site simply using the Facebook button.

Once you’re logged in, you can “like” individual fonts and share them with your Facebook friends.

Not a fan of Facebook? That’s okay. You can still continue to log in and register using the traditional form.

We’d love to hear what you think about these site changes. Please leave your comments for us below.

Complete Device Fonts Library now available in OpenType

Rian Hughes recently converted his entire Device Library to OpenType. Along with his update to the cross-platform compatible format, Hughes also added Central European language support (signified by “Pro”) to a number of Device families, including his popular neo-grotesque Paralucent.

Device is one of the largest libraries dedicated to usable display fonts. They range from grungy, distressed faces like Chase and Roadkill, to technofuturistic fonts like Outlander Nova and the Blade Runner-esque Interceptor, to quirky sans serifs like Regulator, Rogue Sans, and Register. Hughes also plays it straight to great effect, with typefaces like Ministry and English Grotesque.

Check out the entire library for some hidden gems.

Device Library OT