Category Archives: Staff Picks

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

Halloween at FontShop San Francisco


Happy Halloween from the team at FontShop San Francisco!

Although our costumes aren’t typographic in nature, we thought we’d recommend a couple of designs that match our individual styles today.

Meghan’s PUNKin outfit pairs well with anything from our Distressed or Industrial & Urban Decay FontLists.

FF Manga matches Theresa’s anime-inspired outfit perfectly.

David’s sailor costume will get you through these waterlogged fonts.

Finally, Molly feels the Spooky family best sums up her look today.

What typeface best captures your spirit today? Tell us in the comments.

Staff Picks, Summer 2013

We’ve taken a bit of a break from Staff Picks over the spring, but with summer here it’s time to bring them back. We’ve missed them. See the full list of summer staff picks or read on for the highlights.

Volker picks Exemplar by Göran Söderström of Letters from Sweden


Our new designer Megan picks Roletta Slab by Andrea Tinnes, published by primetype

Roletto Slab

David picks Vinter by Frode Helland of Monokrom


Staff Picks, February 2013

February’s staff picks are compiled. (Short month you know, and I can’t believe we’re already halfway through March.) See the complete list of February Staff Picks, or read on for the highlights.

Theresa picks MVB Verdigris by Mark van Bronkhorst of MvB Fonts

MVB Verdigris

Mayene picks Relava by Cisma, published by T-26


Jason picks Copperplate Alt by Gert Wiescher Copperplate Alt

Staff Picks, January 2013

Before February’s over I thought we might as well publish January’s Staff Picks. Here’s the complete list, with selected pieces below.

Anna picks Certified by Stuart Sandler, Bai Meillon, published by Lettering Inc.


Meghan picks FS Rufus by Mitja Miklavčič, Jason Smith, & Emanuela Conidi, published by Fontsmith

FS Rufus

David picks FF Ticket by Daniel Fritz, published by FontFont

FF Ticket

Best Type of 2012: Behind the Scenes

bestof-headerWe hope you enjoyed the typographic treat in your inbox this morning to kick off the second day of your new year. The FontShop team loves putting together this Best Type issue of our newsletter each year and 2012 was no exception. It’s always agonizing making the final list because we love so many of the fonts that make their way across our desk(tops) every 12 months. We try to showcase a variety of 2012 additions from our catalog, from runaway hits like FontFont’s FF Chartwell to brand spanking new releases like Monokrom’s Telefon.

Planning for the issue begins about two months before we unleash it on the world. We bring together our Sales & Support Team, our Marketing Team, and of course our Design Team and Type Experts to bring their favorites and review the 2012 typefaces. As we brainstormed categories this year, we began joking about how it felt like putting together a yearbook. We ran with this and love the retro yearbook style our designers brought to the final product.

Huge props always go to our amazing type experts, David Sudweeks and Yves Peters for creatively writing the issue based on our theme and categories. Who didn’t laugh at the line about Filmotype Kitten washing her hair?

We truly hope you have as much fun reading this issue as we did making it. How excited are you for a whole NEW YEAR of fonts though? What releases are you most looking forward to this year?


Happy New Year! 2012’s Best Coming to Your Inbox TOMORROW

toptype2Is your 2013 off to a great start? Good! It’ll get even more awesome tomorrow when FontShop‘s Top Type of 2012 hits your inbox.

Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you get your hands on this type lover’s electronic collector’s item first thing.

What to do while you wait? Take a look at our 2011 edition and place your bets on our new picks!

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.”

Staff Picks, November 2012

November’s nearly gone, and of course that means December’s bound to come and go in a wink. While we’re still in November, Staff Picks are out, so let’s get right to them. Here’s the complete list, and we’ve highlighted a few below:

Meghan picks Benton Modern Display by Richard Lipton, published by Font Bureau

“The Great Pairs series made me fall in love with Benton.”

Mimi picks Adios Script by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos

“So pretty and fun and flirty.”

Volker picks Alexander Quill by Jim Rimmer, published by Canada Type

Staff Picks, October 2012

October Staff Picks have been selected. Take a look through a few of the favorites below, or peruse the complete list. Now on to the picks.

Volker picks the Atomic Age Pack by Leslie Cabarga, published by Font Bureau

“50s fridge fonts”

Mayene picks Brownstone Thin by Alejandro Paul of Sudtipos

“a lightweight, friendly set of characters with dainty alternates.”

Mark picks Typonine Stencil by Nikola Djurek of Typonine

“For making elegant looking occupy signage”

Staff Picks, September 2012

September’s picks are in. See the complete list or just sit back and enjoy the following selections.

Meghan picks Zipolite by Eli Castellanos, published by Cocijotype

“That ‘w’ is ready to party.”

Volker picks FF Marker Skinny by Thomas Marecki, published by FontFont

“’cause it has the coolest dingbats”

Star picks Aksent Cyrillic by Alexey Kustov, published by ParaType

“All lasers, all the time”

Staff Picks, August 2012

Staff picks time again, which means summer’s cooling off and the kids are back to school. Here we take a look at a few of the outstanding typefaces selected, and of course for the complete list—and I must say, it’s a good one this month—see all August 2012 Staff Picks.

Meghan picks Elevon by Ron Carpenter, published by Dalton Maag

“All the Mars Curiousity space talk has me leaning toward Dalton Maag’s Elevon this month.”

Jason picks Generell by Michael Mischler, published by Gestalten

“… a friendly slab”

Emily picks Acta Display by Dino dos Santos of DSType

“I just think it’s beautiful. It’s sturdy and elegant, and not too fussy.”

Staff Picks, July 2012

July Staff Picks are in! Staff Picks are FontShop’s monthly chance to recommend faces we like and to suggest ones we’d like to see get more use. Let’s take a closer look at a few of them now. See the complete list.

Anna picks Prelo Hairline by Dino dos Santos of DSType

Fabian picks ITC Franklin Gothic by Victor Caruso, after Morris Fuller Benton, published by ITC

“If it’s good enough for the Ramones, then it’s good enough for me.”

Theresa picks FF Spinoza by Max Phillips, published by FontFont

“A useful font that’s great for text, and at larger sizes you see the interesting cuts each glyph has.”

We’re also on Pinterest now, where you can graphically browse through recent Staff Picks, as well as see all the type-related stuff we happen upon while traversing the web.

Staff Picks, June 2012

It’s Staff Picks time! The full FontList is here. And we’re glad to include our readers’ comments on what’s made the cut for Best of 2012 (so far).

Meghan picks Tablet Gothic by Veronika Burian, José Scaglione of TypeTogether

“I like the mix of functionality and personality.”

Mayene picks LTC Glamour Hairline Engraved by Colin Kahn, published by Lanston Type Co.

“Who says display faces have to be bold or heavy?”

Volker picks Alpha Echo Swashes by Gert Wiescher

“An emphatic display font.”

And we got a number of responses on what’s been best so far this year, including:

Krul & Winco by Ramiro Espinoza of ReType, Trim by Göran Söderström of Letters from Sweden, and FF Tisa Sans by Mitja Miklavčič, published by FontFont. What more have you come across this year that’s been great? Keep ’em coming.

Staff Picks, May 2012

May Staff picks are in. Take a look at the complete list, or just these highlights.

David picks Capucine by Alice Savoie, published by Process Type Foundry

“… for its sparkling, inky texture.”

Mark Picks Indy™ Italic by Charles E. Hughes, published by ITC

“Elegant with a slight hint of ninja.”

Ivo picks FF Tundra by Ludwig Übele

“There are just a very few narrow serif typefaces that work well on both screen and paper, while having a very distinct yet non-obtrusive character.”