Category Archives: Fonts in Use

FontShop Friday Five: Picks and Pins


We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

New New New!
Lots of great new fonts this week! We’re also excited to welcome two new foundries to FontShop. Check out the great designs from LudwigType and Typefolio!

Staff Picks
Our type experts pick their favorites to share with you every month! This month, we have some great picks from Hamilton Wood Type and Laura Worthington.

Feel the Rhythm
Wondering what the pulse is of the design community? Mark your calendars for TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, this April. 

Buyer’s Guide
This week, Theresa explains the highlights of Japan based foundry, Flat-It Type Foundry EULA.

Having the typographic inspiration blues? Take a peek at our Pinterest page to get those ideas flowing!

Friday Five Fonts: FF Legato by FontFont and Justus by URW

FontShop Friday Five: Goodies Galore

fridayfive-030We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

EULA Highlights
Once again, Theresa discusses the basics of NeubauLaden EULA‘s from this week’s Buyer’s Guide.

Get Pinterested
For ideas and inspirations for all things typography, check out our Pinterest boards.

New Fonts for a New Year
After a brief hiatus, tons of new fonts have arrived! Plus a great list of continuing promotions.

Start Spreadin’ the News
Have you seen our most recent newsletter? The first one of the year is filled with tons of great new releases. Sign up to receive typography news every other Wednesday!

On the FontFeed
Yves brings back Fonts In Use with Communication Arts Typography Annual 4 on the FontFeed.

Friday Five Fonts: Miss Lankfort by Sudtipos and Filmotype Horizon by Filmotype

Touch Press Puts Mobile FontFonts to Good Use

London-based Touch Press publishes books and other collections in the new medium ushered in by the iPad. Among their titles you’ll find such successes as Theodore Gray’s The Elements and Marcus Chown’s Solar System. It’s a young company started by media producer Max Whitby and author Theodore Gray, built on the premise that our present idea of books and reading is due for a great transformation. When we found out Touch Press was using Mobile FontFonts for some of their newer releases, I immediately got in touch with them to find out more. I spoke with Matt Aitken, one of the designers, who was able to walk me through a few of the compositions, and talk type along the way.

The Barefoot World Atlas came first. The children’s atlas tells stories with audio narration, illustrations, objects and photographs, placed at points of interest about a revolving globe. Matt explained that typographically, it needed to closely match the feel of the printed edition. FF Duper and FF Tisa took up this task, adding to the playful presentation and all the while staying easily legible to children’s eyes.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy pairs the renaissance artist’s anatomical drawings with 3D models representing the best medical imaging presently achievable. One highlight of the app is its ability toggle between the original and the translated text in drawings. “We at first considered the idea of presenting these handwritten legends in a font that looked like handwriting, but after some thought, decided against using a style that somehow might mimic Leonardo’s writing. We instead went for something that stands off the page a bit, FF Celeste Sans.” The other main consideration was that these translations needed to be legible at small sizes. “The originals were all smaller than A4, and in some cases the writing is just tiny,” Matt explained. FF Celeste Sans works well for this purpose. It has sufficient graphic contrast from the rest of the material, but with its humanistic feel is still able to stay cohesive with the whole of the composition. The classical proportions and contemporary feel of FF Yoga set the tone of the app, used both in body text and user interface.

As Matt and I discussed Touch Press’s emphasis on great design, he brought up as one of his formative experiences an early collaboration with Hilary Kenna. “Hilary helped us to see the typography as such an integral part of telling the story.” Matt adds that since placing greater effort toward getting the type right, the company’s services have been all the more in demand. “Each one of our apps has a story in it. We work to make the typography beautiful and the whole experience great.”

Mobile FontFonts are licensed for embedding in Android and iOS apps. Browse our Mobile FontFonts. By the way—Where else have you seen Mobile FontFonts in use? Let us know.

Typography Travels

Team members in the FontShop San Francisco office have been trekking the globe this winter. Of course, even on our vacation, type is never far from our mind. Designer Anna Eshelman and Meghan Arnold, Communications Manager, recently visited El Salvador and India, respectively. Below are a couple typographic highlights from their travels.

El Salvador

I found that the city of San Salvador offers many interesting and beautiful displays of lettering and typography, especially in its graffiti art and storefront signage.

But at the summit of Izalco Volcano, 6,398 feet in the sky, were surprises aplenty – besides the heat under my feet from the steaming rocks, this rough blackletter lettering on stone captured my attention.

Whether it be initials carved into a tree or artful scrawl on a bathroom wall (or letterforms painted atop a mountain of fire!), stumbling upon interesting lettering in places where we least expect it is a treat.


This was my second trip to India and visually it’s a bit like being stuck on hyperdrive in the space-time continuum. Ultra-modern and classic design swirls in a sea of shapes and colors – typography doesn’t escape this whirlpool. Sanskrit and Roman lettering co-exist, just as English, Hindi and regional languages are verbally intermixed.

The signs above were spotted in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, where I traveled for a friend’s wedding. Not surrounded by the crowds of tourist destinations, wandering through the bazaar on a weekday allowed me time to scavenge for handmade signage. The timeless feel of these two signs really popped out at me. I love the flourishes on the misspelled sign. On the other, the word “Tailors” is so whimsically painted, in such a bright yellow, it brought a smile to my face.

Have you had any great letterform encounters on your travels? Share your story in the comment.

Want to learn how to make your own handmade signs? Register for TYPO San Francisco and take the Friday workshop from New Bohemia signs.

Webfont Wednesday: Tweet This

It’s been awhile since we had a Webfont Wednesday, but we were thrilled when this caught our eye:

Yes, the folks over at (newly redesigned) Twitter put FF Tisa Web to simple and beautiful use in their 2011 Year in Review.

Easy to read, the typeface brings a unique clarity to summarizing a year on a service designed to get the message across quickly. We’re excited that FontFont webfonts can be a part of looking back at 2011, as we look forward to both tweets and typefaces in 2012!

FontShop Friday Five: Thankful

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Thankful for Type

While we enjoy our turkey hangovers in the US, here’s what we’re thankful for this year.

Thankful for Type History

David Sudweeks explores Pilgrim Type.

Thankful for 2011

Make sure to submit your picks for the Best of 2011 before the end of the month. You could win a free FontBook app for iPad!

Thankful for Award-Winning Typography

Last chance! Ends Wednesday! Use promo code Letter211 to save 10% off the Letter.2 winners on

Thankful for Good Design

Yves Peters publishes a new edition of Screen Fonts on the FontFeed this week.

Friday Five Fonts: Novel Mono Pro Extra Bold and Novel Mono Pro Extra Light Italic by Büro Dunst

Friday Five: TYPO London, Mobile Fonts, and Must Reads

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

TYPO London 2011 “Places”

Can’t make it to Typo London? Don’t fret! Follow @typoconf and #typo11 via Twitter to get updates from the conference. There are also two live streams scheduled for each day.

Mobile and Web FontFonts

With the introduction of Mobile FontFonts, you can now move your online brand to mobile.

New Foundry, New Fonts, and ISTD 2011 Award Winners

Read the latest newsletter to find out who won and then visit our new foundry, psType.

Tip Roundup

Have you been following Theresa’s Tips? If not, then here’s your chance to catch up! Read it here.

On the FontFeed

Yves Peters covers “French Advertising Alphabets from 1946“.

Friday Five Fonts: Neplus Ultra OT by psType and FF Dagny by FontFont

Friends of the Web

At FontShop we try to keep an eye out for type used well on the web and share the good stuff with our friends. One site Twitter pointed us to recently is Friends of the Web, a Baltimore design firm that works mainly in electronic media.

“So much of the web is filled with sites that are cluttered, convoluted,  mysterious. We just wanted to be clear about exactly who we are and what we do,” said Andy Mangold who picked up the phone when I called. The message of the site couldn’t be plainer. Set in FF Tisa Web Pro Bold the introductory statements come off genially, and with credibility. Ratio from psType serves as a secondary face to Tisa; both are hosted by Typekit.

One of the projects Andy shared with me that’s slated for release within a couple weeks is Quiption, an iPhone App that allows its user to overlay photographs with stylized type and lettering. These images can then be shared over the web—or should the user desire—as real, mailable postcards. Quiption’s micro-site is set in a less-famous cut of Century Schoolbook.

And also presently under development is Orbit, a very simple game that is both mesmerizing and disorienting. Morris Fuller Benton’s Alternate Gothic must of course get some of the credit for this.

The FontShop Crew Hits Brand New

We told you last week that some of our SF staff was heading to the Brand New Conference here in San Francisco, and in case you missed our live tweeting on Friday, here’s a wrap up of our impressions.

David Sudweeks, Type Expert:

One great trend: New type and lettering jobs get factored in right up front when budgeting an identity or branding exercise, even on small projects without much of a budget. With this growing emphasis I see a lot more work for type designers and letterers, and with it, higher value being placed on great lettering and type, and design in general. Recognizing this value, Alfredo Burga from the Peruvian branding firm Infinito said of another branding firm’s relocation to Peru (paraphrasing) ‘We welcome the competition. Frankly, it values our services higher.’ How refreshing.

Anna Eshelman, Designer:

I found myself drawn to the speakers who not only shared their work but also shared insights into the process behind their work – long before a final solution begins to take shape. What inspires us? Each speaker brought something interesting to the stage – from Marina Willer‘s quirky (yet brilliant) short films to Infinito’s beautiful presentation that introduced us to the culture, nature, and geography of Peru, context and inspiration seemed to be a theme of the day.

Several speakers spoke on ideas about how branding is so much more than just a logo, and it certainly doesn’t have to be set in stone – it can be fluid, it can be allowed to grow. I especially appreciated how Paddy Harrington of Bruce Mau Design spoke about branding in regards to sustainability and holistic thinking. Healthy interactions of all the “parts” produce a whole, and this whole can be designed to inspire positive change. A business and the sum of its parts certainly influence a brand’s voice, but a brand can also play a role in evolving the business itself as well as our communities.

Michael Pieracci, First Officer:

What I liked most about the BrandNew conference was how relaxed and casual the atmosphere was. Attendees seemed happy to be there, engaged with each other, and there was a wide variety of enthusiasm for the various presentations. I loved the giant photos in Marina Willer’s presentations and I’m excited to catch her again at TYPO London next month.

Meghan Arnold, Communications Manager:

I loved hearing each presenter speak to the increasing importance of type in branding, and to visually conveying the story behind that brand. I think a quote from  the final presentation by the hilarious Matteo Bologna summed this up best – “Type adds nuances to the message and sometimes it can take over the message.”

For those of you wondering what occurred in Iceland at ATypI, Yves Peters has a good wrap up on the FontFeed.

Did you attend the Brand New Conference or ATypI? What were your impressions?

Webfont Wednesday: Inspiring Webfonts

We were thrilled recently to learn that the man behind The FontFeed, our pal, Yves Peters, was selected to fill the final speaker slot at the Inspire Conference in Leiden this fall. We were even more excited to see their beautiful website’s use of FF Meta Web.

Speaking of conferences, FontShop is pleased to be a sponsor of TypeCon, taking place in New Orleans this week. We’re also buzzing about TYPO London coming up in October. Check out our newsletter for more information. The 2nd round of early bird tickets has just started!

Gallery Picks: June 2011

Last week we told you about our Gallery Bookmarklet and hopefully you’ve been on the hunt to add images to grow the FontShop gallery. At the end of each month we’ll be highlighting a couple of images we like from the gallery, so make sure to keep those finds coming!

FF Scala sails off the page:


You can’t help but do a double-take at brassy Zamenhof:


Finally, ARS Maquette plays a major role in all the materials for this campaign. We like it being a part of our lives too!:


FontShop Friday Five: Growing Galleries & Hidden Glyphs

We know you’re busy and the Internet is a crowded place, so we’ll try to give you a little reminder on Fridays of what’s going on out there. Below please find five recent FontShop-related threads that you may have missed.

Hey there Fontspotters!

Did you know you can help grow the FontShop gallery? Check out how here.

A Different Kind of Font Face

We’re loving the hidden glyphs in designer Łukasz Dziedzic‘s creations.

Stylish On Screen and Off

In last week’s Webfont Wednesday we reviewed the The Chicago Manual of Style Online  and this week we take a look at the equally gorgeous print edition, using FF Tisa.

Speaking of Books…

This week’s Webfont Wednesday examines Designers & Books‘ use of FF Bau Web.

On The Font Feed

Yves Peters tackles the many disappointing summer blockbuster posters, and the few hidden gems, in this month’s Screen Fonts.

Friday Five Fonts: Penna by DSType and Altis by Typolar

The Many Faces of Łukasz Dziedzic

In most type design, a bit of the designer’s personality is imprinted on the design. This might show through in certain characters, the way they treat their terminals and tails, the way each character interacts with the next. And sometimes the imprint is a little more… direct.

A little while back, we here at the ‘Shop were admiring the new FF More by Łukasz Dziedzic. As we were exploring the character set to see what sort of interesting glyphs could be highlighted in the newsletter, we found this charming fellow. You’ll sometimes see a foundry’s mark as a glyph in each font, and occasionally a seemingly unrelated dingbat will make an appearance. But this masked character seemed unique, and we wondered: is he hiding in all of Łukasz’ designs?
We jumped over to FF Clan, one of my personal favorites. And we were delighted to find, buried deep in the character set, an entirely different masked face. Even more intrigued, we searched through each of Łukasz’ other typefaces: FF Good, FF Mach, and FF Pitu, and sure enough each design had its own little avatar, each with their own personality befitting the typeface.

We’d forgotten all about these little Easter eggs, but thankfully we weren’t the only ones to uncover them. Adam Twardoch did, and he made great creative use of them. His inspiration led to this series of Planet of the Apes posters, also using FF Mach:

Head over to Adam’s Flickr page for more excellent work. Also check out this diagram on FontFont’s Flickr page, which shows every weight variant of every masked floating head from Łukasz’ families.

The Chicago Manual of Style and FF Tisa: Print Edition

Last week we showed you The Chicago Manual of Style Online, which uses FF Tisa Web throughout. We like what they’ve done so much that we had to pick up the ol’ bound and printed copy of their 16th Edition. As you might imagine, the book is entirely set in FF Tisa (OpenType). The designers of the book over at The University of Chicago Press made full use of the typeface: the range of widths, small caps, and figure variants all contribute to an incredibly clear and aesthetically pleasing design.

The 15th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style, coincidentally or not, also featured a FontFont stalwart: FF Scala and FF Scala Sans. The 15th Edition’s vibrant orange was used as an accent on the soft blue cover of the 16th Edition.

You can pick up a copy of the 16th Edition here.

Upcoming Kafka book jackets featuring FF Mister K

Peter Mendelsund has designed a gorgeous new set of book jackets for the works of Franz Kafka. Scheduled to begin their release cycle in June or July through Alfred A. Knopf, the minimal and striking jackets feature three consistent components: the eye motif, bright color, and the type. Mendelsund made great use of FF Mister K by Julia Sysmäläinen, a design based on the handwritten manuscripts of Kafka.

FF Mister K is an expansive script. A single weight of FF Mister K Pro contains 1,509 total glyphs, including hundreds of ligatures (some combine up to four characters) and contextual and stylistic alternate glyphs. Accompanying the set of scripts is FF Mister K Dingbats, adding 1,345 symbols that range from flags to cityscapes to electronic devices. (No, Franz Kafka did not scribble the first iPod in his manuscripts—Sysmäläinen took a bit of creative leeway with these symbols to optimize them for modern usage.)

Download the PDF (4.4 MB).

Read much more about Peter Mendelsund’s Kafka book jackets on his blog, Jacket Mechanical.