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The Fonts.com blog covers Fonts and Typesetting, Typography best practices, new typeface releases, and editorials on the industry.
2017-11-13 14:00
Beefcakes recalls childhood memories of Jim Ford’s first “brush” with letters. “I remember going to local shops with my mom, as a kid,” he recalls. “They… Read More
2017-09-15 17:05
“The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.” – William James Arthur Baker passed away late last year at the age of 86. While he is no long… Read More
Pull Readers In With Entry Points
2017-07-28 19:16
When designing your layout, think and work type first using style, size, color, and weight to create unity and variety. The heading or headings, lead paragraph, and any pull quotes should fu… Read More
Hombre: A New Design With Traditional Roots
2017-07-24 15:20
Hombre is a sure-fire attention-getter. Drawn by Thomas Oldfield and loosely based on popular typefaces of the 19th century, Hombre offers all the gun-slinging swagger and rugged style of Je… Read More
Review: Explorations In Typography
2017-07-21 17:49
There are scores of “entry level” books on typography. I know, I’ve written a couple myself. Much rarer are books that explore the more complex and sophisticated realms of… Read More
SST: The Strong, Silent Type
2017-06-21 15:30
The SST™ typeface family is sure to wear well. Its subtle design traits provide a quietly handsome and consistently friendly typographic presence. Drawn to be a comfortable melding of… Read More
The Process Is The Inspiration
2017-06-14 15:55
I can think of few books that are a better buy than House Industries’ The Process of Inspiration. If you’re a lover of type, the book is a celebration of House Industries’… Read More
Featured Web Font: ITC Conduit
2017-05-24 18:49
It’s hard to imagine someone referring to the ITC Conduit® design as being beautiful – or even handsome. “Quirky” doesn’t quite fit the description either;… Read More
Web & Desktop Fonts In One Subscription!
2017-04-20 19:18
We’re excited to announce some brand new updates to the Monotype Library Subscription we offer here on Fonts.com. While this product has always been a tremendous value for designers… Read More
Introducing Masqualero
2017-03-08 17:07
The Masqualero™ typeface family has charisma, unrelenting sophistication, and – like the legendary Miles Davis jazz composition of the same name – more than a little attitu… Read More
Better Paragraph Spacing
2017-03-07 18:08
Having learned about styling paragraphs for the web in the prior post, Paragraph Spacing, this follow-up will provide a little history about paragraphing, explain why paragraphs are importan… Read More
Paragraph Spacing
2017-01-25 19:09
As a web designer, do you take paragraphs for granted? Putting in little to no effort designing them? Using whatever built-in paragraph format your content management system provides? Relyi… Read More
The Right Bold & Italic For The Right Job
2016-12-19 12:30
Imagine a world without italic typography. How would you style magazines, books, newspapers, TV shows, and other titles? You’d have to settle for underlines or quotes. Now imagine no b… Read More
Heading In The Right Direction
2016-11-14 13:09
What’s the first thing your visitors read when they come to your site? It should not be a Flash animation announcing its loading time. If it is, you need to update your site—imme… Read More
An Expanded Reach For The Quitador Family
2016-08-10 17:45
Sometimes there are unexpected changes when type designers start modifying their work. Two years ago Arne Freytag released his slab serif Quitador™ family. It was received well by the… Read More
Long-Awaited Additions To A Popular Sans
2016-07-22 15:21
It’s rare that a small three-weight typeface family finds much use. Single-weight display designs can have long and full lives, and many large text and display families have become cla… Read More
2016-06-30 17:01
Ligatures come in handy for functional uses or merely embellishment. But under what circumstances do you want To Ligature? When is it best Not to Ligature? And what’s the difference be… Read More
2016-06-29 16:56
We’re excited to bring you a look back at the latest crop of our Fonts.com hero images. As you know, each month we commission four designers to create expressive typographic compositio… Read More
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts For May 2016
2016-06-10 11:32
The Chaparral™ typeface is a hybrid, combining the sturdiness of geometric slab serif designs with sixteenth century Roman lettershapes and proportions. The result shares overtones wit… Read More
Introducing Posterama
2016-06-09 13:11
The Posterama™ family is out of time – and into the future. It’s a suite of 8 stylistic designs that draw themes from 20th century history, art, architecture, cinema… Read More
Working With Alternate Characters
2016-05-27 16:55
If you want to add style and functionality to your Web typography, look for fonts that have alternate characters. And if working economically, with just one font, the added characters you ge… Read More
30 Fonts From A Type Design Master
2016-05-19 17:16
It goes without saying that Adrian Frutiger was one of the most talented and influential type designers of the twentieth century. His contributions to the field of design are indelible&mdash&hell…Read More
2016-05-18 13:12
Our friends at Happy Cog originally pitched the idea of utilizing an expressive, typography-driven hero image to act as our masthead during our 2012 site redesign. Since then, we’ve ev… Read More
Demos Next Update
2016-05-16 13:27
The Demos® typeface family was expanded, updated and revitalized as Demos Next early last year – but the new design was still missing something. The Demos design is handsome and hi… Read More
Gravers & Files
2016-05-10 14:02
Rarely is something so important and so valuable available for free. If you’re a typophile, typographic educator or design student, Canadian designer, Carl Dair’s film on the los… Read More
Gravers & Files
2016-05-10 14:02
Rarely is something so important and so valuable available for free. If you’re a typophile, typographic educator or design student, Canadian designer, Carl Dair’s film on the los… Read More
2016-03-17 19:43
Jim Ford’s Richie™ typeface pays homage to the calligraphy and typeface designs of Oldřich Menhart (1897-1962). Inspired by Ford’s musing about what a display script b… Read More
2016-03-09 13:37
When it comes to visual enhancements, swash characters can add a little something extra to your site—emphasis on little, because a little goes a long way. Primarily found in typefaces… Read More
2015-12-07 15:40
Whether a cabinetmaker, chef, or photographer, artisans choose their tools carefully. Good tools make the job go easier and can improve the quality of the finished product. So it is with gra… Read More
2015-09-28 17:49
We had the great pleasure of attending The Nerdery’s Overnight Website Challenge under the team name “Discretionary Hyphens”. The Overnight Website Challenge is a 24 hour h… Read More
2015-09-11 16:09
Sure, your website’s footer is the last thing people will probably see on your site, but that doesn’t mean you should skimp on the typographic details. In fact, if you consider t… Read More
2015-09-03 15:36
Script typefaces enhance the written word. They are emotional, lyrical, even passionate communicators. Scripts have a soul, and a heart. Words set in script are perfect examples of something… Read More
2015-08-27 13:01
Like music, typefaces show the influence of a time in history, genera or current vogue. Again like music, some are fleeting, such as grunge fonts and disco music; while others, like rap and… Read More
2015-08-25 14:01
We’re excited to kick off our second annual Type Through the Eras promotion here on Fonts.com! For the next three days we’ll be bringing you tremendous deals on type designs that… Read More
2015-08-11 15:55
It began with what seemed like a simple request: Can you make a sans serif version of ITC Charter? The request was to Matthew Carter, the designer of serif design. Carter’s reply was… Read More
2015-08-05 16:34
The Futura® typeface family consistently ranks high on the Top 100 Web Fonts list. Last month it was 8th. But what if you want a geometric sans, but that is little bit different –… Read More
2015-07-27 14:38
When designing website menus, it’s important to consider quantity and location. How many navigation points should you show the reader? How few? Where will the menu be located, and does… Read More
2015-07-09 14:11
It wasn’t that long ago that new typefaces were only released with a couple of weights – and maybe an italic design or two. Those who designed typefaces and made fonts did not ha… Read More
2015-06-11 16:10
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, reading nothing but old and mildewed newspapers and books, you know that typography has been undergoing radical changes. As the Web has evolved, so… Read More
2015-06-09 12:58
While efficient typographic communication was basic to its design brief, the Daytona™ typeface family was also drawn to be a friendly and approachable design. Its rounded corners, open… Read More
2015-06-04 16:43
Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service during May 2015. If you’re looking for an exceptionally versatile slab serif fam… Read More
2015-05-28 17:21
We’re really excited to announce an update to our Dynamic Subsetting technology that helps power the Fonts.com Web Fonts service. In a nutshell, instead of serving entire fonts to… Read More
2015-05-06 15:21
Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Fonts.com Web Fonts service during April 2015. The top two-dozen or so Web fonts tend to be the classics of graphic com… Read More
2015-05-05 13:11
Print designers who were accustomed to setting type at small sizes—or who still set type at small sizes—should know that when it comes to type on digital displays, bigger is bett… Read More
Sizing Up Readability & Legibility
2015-05-05 13:11
Print designers who were accustomed to setting type at small sizes—or who still set type at small sizes—should know that when it comes to type on digital displays, bigger is bett… Read More
2015-03-30 14:57
As a designer, you know the hassle of trying to work with a file that’s suffering from missing fonts—all the finesse of your project’s typography goes right out the window… Read More
2015-03-06 16:32
Naming a typeface can be one of the more difficult tasks for a typeface designer – although not for Brigitte Schuster. “I wanted a name that fits the typeface‘s character … Read More
2015-01-14 18:36
You may remember my last blog post where I discussed improvements in speed that we had made to our patented Web Fonts Dynamic Subsetting Solution. Now I have another breakthrough to talk abo… Read More
2015-01-08 20:16
The Demos® typeface family was one of the first designs created expressly for digital typesetting. That makes it about 40 years old – and in need of a makeover. The Demos Next fami… Read More
2014-12-22 14:38
As many of you already know, we are living in a multi-device world where content is always around us. It’s in our hands, on our desks, providing information and entertainment—and… Read More
2014-12-16 17:09
Nearly two years ago, we introduced our Typecast app as a companion to our premium Fonts.com Web Fonts plans. Since then, thousands of users have used Typecast to design with type in the bro… Read More
2014-12-11 13:44
The new DIN Next™ Slab suite of typefaces has been one of the most popular new additions to the Linotype Library. While we believe in every new addition to one of our libraries, we als… Read More
2014-11-12 19:42
Families tend to grow. As they do, they become more diverse, adaptable and sometimes prevailing. So it is with typeface families. The DIN typeface family started in the early part of the 20t… Read More
2014-10-24 20:05
Ah, alas. Our extraordinary #FONTACULAR event is quickly coming to a close. You need to act fast if you want to take advantage of our amazing deals. They end tonight—October 24th… Read More

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