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SST: The Strong, Silent Type

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 orderly structure and an organic mien, SST can be used for just about any typographic application you can think of. And since it was originally drawn […] Web Fonts is Now the Monotype Library Subscription

Subscriptions are a big part of what we do here at, and we’ve had a quite a bit of activity on the subscription front as of late. We recently introduced some major enhancements to the Monotype Library Subscription, including web font support for all fonts in the library. With web fonts now a core […]

The Process is the Inspiration

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’ 24 years of “hot-rodding the alphabet.” If you’re a print or interactive designer, it provides an in-depth look at what makes the magic […]

Featured Web Font: ITC Conduit

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; although many letters are clearly idiosyncratic. Somehow, its naive shapes and graceless proportions strike a familiar chord. As its designer, Mark van Bronkhorst says, “there is an honesty to the […]

Web & Desktop Fonts in One Subscription!

We’re excited to announce some brand new updates to the Monotype Library Subscription we offer here on While this product has always been a tremendous value for designers, it’s now even better. Starting at just $9.99 a month with an annual contract, the Monotype Library Subscription now comes with the ability to use any […]

Top 100 Web Fonts for February 2017

Long a favorite of typographers and lovers of type, Caslon has always held a position of importance. Benjamin Franklin admired Caslon; which may account for why both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were first printed in this typestyle. George Bernard Shaw, another famous lover of type, insisted that all […]

Introducing Masqualero

The Masqualero™ typeface family has charisma, unrelenting sophistication, and – like the legendary Miles Davis jazz composition of the same name – more than a little attitude. Davis once said, “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.” Drawn by Jim Ford, a Monotype Studio designer, Masqualero isn’t influenced by historical models or trends. It’s […]

Better Paragraph Spacing

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 important, show how to use HTML and CSS to style them, and offer alternate methods for marking paragraphs—such as using the pilcrow (¶). So what will it be? […]

Applied Sans: A Classic and Contemporary Fusion

The Applied Sans™ typeface family takes the charm of early sans serif designs and restifies it for the 21st century. The first sans serifs typefaces widely used in print were Germanic in origin – designs like Ideal Grotesk and Venus. Admired for their neutrality and simplicity, when compared to other typefaces of the time, they […]

Paragraph Spacing

As a web designer, do you take paragraphs for granted? Putting in little to no effort designing them? Using whatever built-in paragraph <p> format your content management system provides? Relying on the defaults of your WYSIWYG web editor? Worse yet, doing next to nothing and hoping the browser takes care of it for you? If […]

By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well. That is one of the ends for which they exist.

Robert Bringhurst