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Learn About Fonts & Typography

Explore the world of typography with as your guide. Our Learn About Fonts & Typography section is your resource for improving your typographic acumen and keeping up with what’s new on and the latest trends in visual design.

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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.

Web Fonts To Do For Ads, What They Did for the Web

It goes without saying that responsive design has changed the way we develop sites. So it shouldn’t be surprising that responsive techniques are making their way to the world of advertising where ad units must also conform to varying widths and a litany of screen sizes. But HTML-based ads can do much more than just […]

Top 100 Web Fonts for April 2015

Below you’ll find a list of the top 100 most used fonts from the Web Fonts service during April 2015. The top two-dozen or so Web fonts tend to be the classics of graphic communication—designs that have earned their street cred over time. The Klint™ typeface family, however, does not fit this stereotype. Released […]

Sizing Up Readability & Legibility

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 better. Although “big type” on the web has become its own style and even a trend, finding the right type size boils down to readability, […]

Customizing Type Software Settings

There are many seemingly small, yet highly significant details that contribute to creating professional-looking typography, and in turn, good design. A number of these can be controlled with the settings of your software.

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