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Getting Menus Under Control

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 it warrant using a hamburger? And what’s a hamburger? As you define and design the menu’s broad strokes, its structure and hierarchy, you’ll also need […]

An Overdue Addition to the Akko Family

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 have the luxury of time or the financial means to develop large all-singing all-dancing typeface families. The first designs of Helvetica® were […]


Top 100 Web Fonts for June 2015

The 34th font on our roundup of June’s Top 100 Web Fonts list is almost 550 years old! OK, that’s not exactly true; but the ITC Legacy® Serif typeface family is based on the typeface that Nicolas Jenson used to set his famous 1470 edition of Eusebius’ “De evangelica praeparatione.” The genesis for ITC Legacy […]

FontExplorer X Pro 5 Gives Type Lovers, Users More

As you might imagine, the team uses quite a few fonts. While we’re probably a little biased, our favorite app for wrangling the mass quantities of type is Monotype’s own FontExplorer® X. That’s why we were more than a little bit excited when our Monotype colleagues shared plans for an all new version of […]

Introducing Web Typography Essentials

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 too has digital typography—and for the better. But what’s changed? Why do Web fonts matter? And what will Web Typography Essentials deliver to its […]

Daytona: More Than a Friendly Face

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 counters and simple characters shapes invite reading and foster memorability. Jim Wasco first sketched many of the letters with traditional sans serif design traits such as “stroke […]

Top 100 Web Fonts for May 2015

Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during May 2015. If you’re looking for an exceptionally versatile slab serif family for your next Web or interactive design project, look no further than number 10 on this month’s list. The Soho™ typeface family, with 40 designs to […]

New Improvements to Dynamic Subsetting

We’re really excited to announce an update to our Dynamic Subsetting technology that helps power the Web Fonts service. In a nutshell, instead of serving entire fonts to an end user, our Dynamic Subsetting technology creates custom fonts containing only the characters needed to display the page, thus reducing the file size of the font. As […]

Breaking for Sense

Setting type has changed drastically from the days of metal and phototypesetting. The responsibility for composing type no longer lies with a highly skilled, dedicated typographer, but more often with a designer or production artist, who may not be trained in this skill.

Type is a beautiful group of letters, not a group of beautiful letters.