Monthly Archives: December 2012

Staff Picks, December 2012

Goodbye December and 2012. Here are December’s staff picks. Happy new year.

Mayene picks Behrensmeyer Vigesimals by Ryoichi Tsunekawa, published by Flat-it Type Foundry

Behrensmeyer Vigesimals

“… the perfect font for a wedding invitation from Zelda and Link …”

Tabitha picks American Uncial by Victor Hammer, published by Creative Alliance

American Uncial

“My pick for this month is American Uncial, inspired by Mayene’s Hobbit pinboard.”

Typographic Pinspiration of 2012

We started pinning back in July and have, since then, created almost 50 unique boards full of typographic eye candy. As 2012 comes to a close, here are some of our favorite pinboards:


The most delicious of them all. We have many tasty type samples up on Pinterest divided between various food-themed pinboards. From Edible Type to Savory Stems to SweetShop, you’ll find letters crafted from cookies and pancake mix to tempting fonts like Chocolate and Candy Script. Let your computer gain the holiday weight this season with more fonts!


The boards that get In Your Face. We dedicated a few boards to some of our popular FontFonts. FF Chartwell was an exciting new release for us this year, FF Mister K was one of many TDC Typeface Design Winners for 2012, and FF DIN is one of our top bestsellers. Learn more about these faces by checking out their spotlights on Pinterest!

pinterest-geekyboards2012The geeky side of FontShop. Here at FontShop, we geek out about more than just fonts. Our nerdiest pinboards reflect this best — we’ve expressed our love for videos games, the cosmos, and Middle Earth through typography. Explore the 8-bit overworlds of Mario and Zelda with pixel fonts on our Like A Boss board, relive Curiosity’s amazing landing on Mars with our Spacing Out board, and journey to the Shire with uncial fonts and beautiful photography from fStop Images on our Keep Calm & Hobbiton board.

Aside from our themed boards, don’t forget about some of our 2012 events: examine the decathlon competition and results from the Fontlympics and be thankful you’re still alive by taking a look at the fonts that were included from the Mayan Calendar Countdown. And to get you pumped up for our Best of 2012, browse through our Best Typefaces of 2011 pinboard while you wait!

Favorite Type Trends

The Type Trends series has had a good long run, and it’s not finished yet. Picking a few of my favorites, here are the best so far:

Typographic Trends: Physical Type

Signage letters in ARS Maquette

Type Trends: Hipster Design

Dahl-Beck Electric Co. signage

Type Trends: Hand-lettered


Type Trends: Erbar ‘a’

Telefon, from Monokrom Type Foundry

Type Trends: Polychromatic Type

Grandes Vacancies

Yep. Just a list. Enjoy. An all new Type Trends will be here Thursday.

Great Pairs Revisited: Freight and Edward

The Great Pairs series started out on a whim, and turned out to be one of the things I most look forward to writing each week. Some have been rocky relationships, others, a natural fit, and with each I learn something. Just to pull out one of my favorites and offer a little postscript today, and since hardly anyone will be reading this anyway, here’s what I’ve come up with:

Great Pairs, in Edward and Freight

Freight, Edward styles

Dutch/American English/German: Freight and Edward

Here I look back at Joshua Darden’s Freight with Hendrik Weber’s Edward, and If I were to rewrite the piece today, I think I’d offer more suggestions on how to refine the pairing to achieve exactly the range one’s seeking. For example, if one wanted to take the text slightly more Dutch, I’d suggest Charles Gibbons’s Fleischman or Christian Schwartz’s Farnham. Tamer? James Todd’s Garvis. Wilder? Dino dos Santos’s Glosa. More British, perhaps William Berkson’s Williams Caslon with Matthew Carter’s Big Caslon, or Frantisek Storm’s Baskerville Original. If the sans needs adjusting here as well, Edward offers quite a lot of alternatives, for which we keep a running FontList. My advice as always is keep trying different approaches until something works. That’s all for this week. Have a great holiday. Another great pair will drop here on Wednesday.

Favorite New Fonts of 2012

We’ve been pleased to share a wealth of fresh new faces with you this year. Our highly anticipated end-of-year newsletter featuring the Best Type of 2012 is on its way! Make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter so that this one makes it to your inbox and check out last year’s FontShop’s Best Typefaces of 2011.

But in the meantime, as 2012 draws to a close, we’d like to share some of our favorite faces that have joined the FontShop library this past year:



Air by Positype



Cala by Hoftype



Fakt Slab by OurType



Dulcinea by ReType



Optica by Cocijotype


Viking Initials by Wiescher



Milanette by ParaType


Tulika Benagali by Indian Type Foundry

FontShop brings new, quality type to your screen every week. To keep up with our new releases, stay tuned to New Fonts on the blog as well as our monthly New Fonts FontLists on

Buyer’s Guide 101

With the New Year comes new questions … or the same ones. Below is our list of the best Buyer’s Guide tips we have for any type enthusiasts and designers out there who want to license fonts during their winter break or anyone who’s missed our previous Buyer’s Guide tips:

1. Font Formats
Double check the fonts in your cart before licensing them to make sure you have the format you need or the format that has the best compatibility with the system or programs you’re running!

2. What is EOT and WOFF?
Increase your understanding of the web formats available before licensing fonts for the web.

3. Can All Webfonts Be Linked To Typekit?
You’ve learned the difference between desktop licensing and web licensing and have decided you need to purchase some webfonts. If you have a Typekit account, read this Buyer’s Guide tip to make sure if the webfonts you want can be linked to your Typekit account or not.

4. Buying Fonts For Others
Still haven’t gotten gifts for a few people on your list? Don’t worry, you can buy fonts for them — that way, you won’t have to deal with getting out of your pajamas and trying to find parking in crowded shopping lots the day before Christmas.

If you have any other questions about buying fonts, you can view our Buyer’s Guide posts or our Help Topic forums.


FontShop is always here to help. Happy FontShopping!

Put Some Type Under the Tree with These Great Deals


Playing Santa for the designer in your life? Why not lighten the reindeer’s load and give the gift of fonts?

Our FontShop elves recently showed you how to buy for others, today we’ll remind you a few great deals that may help make your selection:

For Your Sonnet-Obsessed Cousin


Snowflakes, sleighrides & sugar plums, dipped
30% off until tomorrow – SudtiposPoem Script!

For Your Adored Sweetheart


Speaking of scripts, ReType‘s Krul and Dulcinea (above) are both 30% off through December 31.

For Your Hoarder Father


Want to give an entire collection? All Positype fonts are 25% off through December 31.

For Your Traveling Aunt


Finally, wrap up these gorgeous Latin gems from Indian Type Foundry – both Engrez Sans (above) and Kohinoor Latin are a generous 50% off through January 17.

Countdown: #%@$*!

I guess I’ll need to make those New Year’s Eve plans after all. Joining us in this moment of disbelief is some grawlix, set in Richard Lipton’s Miller Banner, a large optical size (one up from Display) of Miller.

#%@$*!, set in Miller Banner

10 New Things About FontBook 3.0

We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have playing with the new version of FontBook this week. Thanks for making it the #2 reference app in the App Store within 24 hours of release!

Welcome to new users of the app. If you’ve been loving FontBook for awhile, here’s a summary the goodies we added this go ’round:

  1. FontBook is now universal and runs on iPad 2 (and later), iPad Mini, iPhone 4 (and later) and iPod touch (4th gen. and later)
  2. Adapted user interface for iPhone
  3. Favorites and preferences sync between devices via iCloud
  4. New font class “Non-Western”
  5. 150 new font families with more than 1800 fonts
  6. 16 new type foundries
  7. New app icon
  8. iPhone only: search filters (class, designer, year, foundry)
  9. iPhone only: customizable one-liner sample text
  10. iPhone only: result pages as list view

Left: The FontBook App homepage offers the familiar access to the world of type: class, designer, year, foundry and usage. Right: Filters supply even more precise search results, for example “All geometric Sans typefaces from Font Bureau, please!”


Left: One of four type sample pages of a selected type family, in this case the sans serif Nobel. Right: All typefaces marked as favorites at a single glance, with editable sample text.

Pinterested: New pins this week


Have any plans today? Be sure to review your alphabet with the Mayan Countdown Calendar pinboard today! There are 26 fonts for you to choose from; if you’re planning on making a large sign for the end of the world, many of the fonts chosen for the typographic Mayan Calendar are display faces that would be appropriate for setting a “THE END OF THE WORLD IS NEAR” sign to walk around with or post in your window. Alternatively, if you’re still looking for fonts to design some last-minute holiday cards with, you’ll find Krul, Dulcinea, and Futura Script on this list as well.

Quick! Which fonts would you want to snag before the end of the world?

Countdown: a

So here we are. The end of the Mayan calendar. Been nice knowing you. Left standing today is a, set in Hendrik Weber’s Edward, a rationalized, and geometrized humanist face based on the lettering Edward Johnston did for the London Underground, and the base from which Eric Gill worked when fitting the alphabet to a type system for British Monotype.

a, set in Edward

Get TYPO Tickets for Everyone on Your List!


FontShop is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor of TYPO San Francisco in 2013. Before we pack off for the holiday, we wanted to remind you to get your Early Bird tickets before prices go up on January 1!

We’re especially excited that the theme Contrast means last year’s closing speaker, Mike Monteiro, will facilitate, switching spots with Erik Spiekermann, who will close out the conference.

Seriously you don’t want to miss this incredible line up:

Kelli Anderson
Jessi Arrington 
Ludovic Balland
Marian Bantjes
Peter Bil’ak
Mandy Brown
Matthew Butterick
Stephen Coles
Keetra Dixon
Jens Gehlhaar
Meena Kadri
Erik Kessels
Somi Kim
Travis Kochel
Eike (Hort) Koenig
Faythe Levine
Tom Manning
Christoph Niemann
Mike Salisbury
Satsuki Shibuya
Erik Spiekermann
Rena Tom
Jeff Veen
Armin Vit
Ursus Wehrli

Kali Nikitas returns and we add facilitators Carima El-BehairyCameron Ewing and Simone Wolf.

Many more announcements to come after the new year, but don’t miss your chance to save $100 for all the design fans on your gift list this season!

Type Trends: Polychromatic Wrapup

FF Primary

Another recent release that fits in the polychromatic category is the Bold Monday’s Macula, designed by Jacques Le Bailly. Macula will be available here at FontShop before year end. And now for type trends. Today’s post was already published Tuesday night to coincide with the Wednesday morning newsletter drop. Read it here, and keep putting good recommendations for polychromatic types in the comments.

Polychromatic Type: Dressing in Layers

Countdown: B

If my reading of the Mayan Calendar is correct, (I actually don’t read Mayan by the way) we’re quickly approaching a hard stop. How will you spend your remaining day(s)? Making the most of today is B, set in David Berlow’s Titling Gothic Skyline Black. Skylines are faces that are generally extra-extra-compressed, causing their general contour to match that of a city full of tall buildings. The name of this particular font perhaps makes more sense seeing it in context of the rest of the Titling Gothic Skyline range, which is only a small subset of the extensive Titling Gothic family.

B, set in Titling Gothic Skyline Black

The Right Amount of Nostalgia: Minion and Telefon

Telefon, Minion

Telefon, Minion

One of the most common pairing questions I get is ‘What goes with Minion?’ Robert Slimbach’s fantastic Renaissance Roman seems all too ready to be paired with, well, anything. Its even texture, economical width, modestly tall x-height, language support and broad distribution have made it a popular choice and one particularly well-suited to book and publication design. I’ll pair Sindre Bremnes’s Telefon with it and give my own rationale as I go.

Telefon, Minion

So the question with pairing to Minion is often the question with any text face—what kind of a part do you want it to play? If you want to use Minion’s classical feel to ground some edgy ‘right now’ design, then pair it with something that looks new, and use the composition to your advantage. If you want to use Minion’s crisp feel to sustain the contemporary aspect of a design like Telefon, one that’s rooted in a near-century-old modernist aesthetic, Minion’s happy to play that part. Just as a side note, there are a number of optical sizes of Minion you may not have heard of, such as Caption, or Display.

Telefon, Minion

What I appreciate about the working relationship of these two is that they each have both age and youth at their command, and they each give and take to and from one another as needed. Managing that kind of relationship while setting type is both enjoyable and rewarding. That’s all—a brief one this week. Happy Holidays everybody. See you with some Great Pairs mash-ups next Wednesday.