Raised and Dropped Initials
August 5, 2015
Even before Gutenberg invented the craft of typography, fancy initials were used to begin chapters and decorate pages in medieval manuscripts.
An Expanded Reach for the Quitador Family
August 10, 2016
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 graphic and interactive design communities and he felt that a sans serif counterpart would help to...
Tricky Type Terms
April 26, 2012
Typographic terminology is sometimes very specific, and the nuances can be confusing. Here are three pairs of terms that are frequently misunderstood. They are related, but refer to different things. Understanding the distinctions will enable you to communicate more clearly, typographically speaking. This ...
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An Expanded Reach for the Quitador Family
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 graphic and interactive design communities and he felt that a sans serif counterpart would help to broaden the reach of the family – in addition to giving […]
Type Through the Eras is Back—Three Days of Type History & Savings
Today marks the beginning of Fonts.com’s three-day, 2016 Type Through the Eras event. Typefaces often reflect the musings of their designer, a sense of the era in which they are drawn, and the tools used to create them. There are scores of these instances, or eras, adding to the rich tapestry of typographic history. 2016’s Type […]
Long-Awaited Additions to a Popular Sans
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 classics, but three-weight designs – especially those lacking italics – seem to get lost in the shuffle. They’re usually not distinctive enough to be a successful […]
To Ligature or Not to Ligature
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 between a standard ligature and a discretionary ligature? Some fonts and Web browsers enable standard ligatures by default, which can help address spacing issues. But […]
A Look Back at June’s Typographic Heroes
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 compositions with single type families available on Fonts.com. We’ve asked our participating designers to share some insights into their design process, as well as some […]
Top 100 Fonts.com Web Fonts for May 2016
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 with old style typefaces – but with less contrast in stroke weights. Calligraphic suggestions in several letters also add to the design’s personality. The Chaparral family is available in four […]
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, culture – and more. Drawn by Jim Ford with help from Karl Leuthold, Posterama’s wide and diverse palette of typographic playfulness captures the charm of iconic imagery […]
Working with Alternate Characters
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 get with alternates can stretch your design further. An alternate character—sometimes called an alt character—is a different version of a standard character design. An […]
30 Fonts From a Type Design Master
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—his typefaces are not only lauded, but still used extensively to this day. In fact, Frutiger’s designs occupy four of the top 10 spots on our Fonts.com all-time […]
Surveying our Typographic Heroes
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 evolved the concept with our talented in-house design crew, and we’ve been lucky to work with an amazing contingent of designers and illustrators who keep our […]