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DIN: A Growing Typeface Family

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 20th century as families do – with just two counterparts: DIN and DIN Condensed. In 2009, Akira Kobayshi updated the DIN design and […]


ractions can be a regularly occurring element in text. They are routinely used in text for measurements and dimensions, recipes, math and science notation, as well as in manuals and other technical documentation.

Top 100 Web Fonts for October 2014

Want to see which typefaces are in demand on the Web? Here’s an ordered listing of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during October 2014. Be sure to check in next month to see if your favorite typeface moves up the list! Trade Gothic Neue Helvetica Avenir Next Avenir Proxima Nova […]


Punctuation refers to typographic symbols (and sometimes spaces) used to clarify the meaning of text, as well as to aid in reading comprehension. Some punctuation marks – such as commas, periods, dashes and colons – serve to divide text into phrases and sentences, directly impacting, and sometimes significantly altering, their meaning and interpretation. Without the benefit of correct punctuation, text may be subject to misinterpretation in dramatic, and even embarrassing, ways


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#Fontacular is Back!

Let’s cut to the chase: your life will never be the same. Like the incomparable glow of the sun in the east, so too does the indefatigable specter of Fontacular rise once again. Shield your eyes, friends, because stuff’s about to get REAL on What’s the big deal you ask? You best prepare yourself […]

Quitador: A Different Kind of Slab Serif

“Broadly speaking, you can divide slab serifs typefaces into two groups,” says Arne Freytag, the designer of the new Quitador™ family. “They either tend to be have geometric proportions and monoline strokes, like those in ITC Lubalin Graph™, or are more humanist leaning, like the Caecilia® family.” “A strict classifying of Quitador is difficult,” He […]

New Hero Images for September 2014

A favorite aspect of having a brand new blog design is that we can now further showcase some of the great content we regularly offer on If you’re a regular visitor to you know that we prominently feature four large hero images on our homepage each month. These images provide the opportunity for us to […]

FontFonts Come to Web Fonts

With an ever-growing collection of more than 20,000 Web fonts, you can bet at any given time we’re preparing another font release; this week we may have hit that release button with a little more excitement. Making their Web Fonts debut are the first families from the heralded FontFont foundry, including the FF Meta, […]

Superior and Inferior Figures

Superior and inferior figures are numerals that are smaller versions of full-size lining figures. These diminutive numerals most commonly appear in diagonal fractions, but they are also used for footnotes and endnotes, chemical and mathematical notations, and occasionally for indicating the cents in prices in display settings.

Faces of type are like men’s faces. They have their own expression ; their complexion and peculiar twists and turns of line identify them immediately to friends, to whom each is full of identity.

J.L. Frazier

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