There’s a new way to test our typefaces, and not just that – you can rent them too. Fontstand, a desktop Mac application, lets you try fonts for free for one hour as well as rent them on a monthly basis at 10% of the normal license cost. Whether you rent or trial, the chosen fonts work right away in your design apps without you having to install them. At launch, Fontstand offers hundreds of typefaces from over twenty independent foundries.
Clicking a ‘buy’ button isn’t always easy. Maybe you need to test the fonts before committing, maybe you want to make sure the client approves, or maybe you’re a design student on a tight budget. We get that – we’ve been there – and we think Fontstand can help. This new approach to licensing is a great way to get your hands on high-quality typefaces and ensure that you’re using the right font for the job. You can think of renting as an extensive test or as a way to use fonts for a limited time – you can always rent the fonts again when you revisit a project – and once you rent for twelve total months, the fonts are yours to download.
To get started with Fontstand, visit fontstand.com. And the links below will take you directly to the fonts we currently offer. If there are any typefaces you’d love to see on Fontstand, send us an email or tweet.
Process on Fontstand:
The Nerf Ball. Masking tape. The Hüsker Dü logo. Cheerios and Wheaties. This is Minnesota design and we haven’t even mentioned the architecture. Or the chairs. Or the rollerblades (don’t roll your eyes). Or the magnetic poetry (don’t roll your eyes!).
Walker Art Center launched a web-based initiative called Minnesota by Design and as you can see, we can’t pick a favorite. That’s why it’s such an honor to have Klavika included in the collection. Eric, who designed Klavika in 2004, was born in Minnesota and we’re proud to uphold the culture that has been here long before us.
The virtual gallery allows the Walker to include works that can’t be practically collected – like a park. It also means webfonts. We were excited to see Maple chosen as the typeface for the project, used for everything from navigation to descriptions and even the map that represents the origins of the designs.
So if you’re interested in some design history – much of this work extends far beyond Minnesota – take a look yourself but beware the rabbit hole. Soon you’ll know plenty about the Honeycrisp apple. Tonka Toys. Paul Bunyan. Marcel Breuer…
We’re excited to announce the release of two new typefaces, Scandia and Scandia Line. Although they’re siblings deep down, their differences are more apparent than their similarities. Designed first, Scandia Line is a skeletal sans serif made entirely without curves. Scandia came next, taking Line’s circular proportions but abandoning the all-angle policy for generous curves instead.
Each family has four weights with Scandia offering corresponding italics. As if that weren’t enough, Scandia and Scandia Line also include a stencil variant and several alternates for added versatility. The family’s matching proportions make them a perfect typographic pair but their distinct personalities allow them to function nicely on their own.
Available now, you can license Scandia and Scandia Line in web and desktop formats. For more about each family, visit their respective pages or take a look at their PDF specimens.
More good news on the rendering front. As we promised last May when we improved Colfax Web, Klavika Web, and Klavika Condensed Web, we had other webfonts to refine. And in September we updated several other families with new, manually-hinted versions.
Elena, each Bryant family, and Stratum 1 & 2 have all been significantly improved for screen rendering. These new fonts eliminate many of the irregularities that stem from a browser and operating system’s translation of a font’s design to screen. Now, the design of these typefaces is upheld more consistently when viewed in a browser and readability — a paramount concern — is enhanced.
Elena Web, Before & After
The image above begins to demonstrate the changes, but the best way to see the fonts is with a live preview. The differences are most noticeable in Windows-based browsers since Macs largely ignore special rendering instructions. Check out live specimens of Elena Web, Bryant 2 Web, Bryant Condensed Web, Bryant Compressed Web, and Stratum 1 & 2 Web.
If you licensed or downloaded any of these webfonts after September, you don’t have to do anything — you’re using the new fonts. Otherwise, log in to your Account and re-download the fonts. Those of you using Typekit, republish your kits that contain these webfonts and the latest versions will be served.
Since 2010, the Process Type Foundry has been a member of 1% for the Planet. This means that at the end of the year we donate one percent of our annual revenue to environmental nonprofits. We pledge to do the same in 2015.
1% for the Planet helps local and global organizations that strive for a healthy planet. Their role is to verify that businesses give their pledged amount, and on the other end, they prescreen receiving organizations.
When you purchase goods from a 1% member, like fonts from us, part of the sale helps environmental causes. We could donate to nonprofits without them, but as a member we stay committed — you can be assured that we’re always giving back.
For 2014, we supported five organizations that reflect our interest in cycling, the climate, and nature. We thank everyone who works for and volunteers their time at these places.
- Cycles for Change
- Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
- Midtown Greenway Coalition
- Seattle Audubon Society
- Will Steger Foundation
It’s summer here in Minneapolis and we’re celebrating with our newest release Pique! Combining the energetic elements of a brush script with the cool rationalization of digital beziers, Pique is a single weight display face overflowing with typographic personality. Available in both desktop and webfont formats.
Over the years, we’ve been refining our webfonts for better performance but today we’re happy to announce significant improvements to select fonts. Colfax Web, Klavika Web and Klavika Condensed Web are now manually hinted — for ClearType and greyscale — providing a high degree of readability across browsers. In addition to manual hinting, some character shapes were adjusted to render nicely down to 14 pixels.
So what does this look like? Visit the live samples of Colfax Web, Klavika Web and Klavika Condensed Web to get the true experience but the images below will give you a taste. Although auto-hinting can do a decent job, it often fails to describe the nuances of certain character shapes across a range of sizes leaving a typeface perfectly readable at some sizes while leaving others muddy. The examples below show where auto-hinting failed the hardest (on the left) with manual hinting to the rescue (on the right).
How can I take advantage of the updates?
Download the new fonts. For previous webfont purchasers, start by logging into your account. The font packages have been updated so simply re-download your order. Or, send us a quick request for the new fonts and we’ll email them to you (be sure to include your order number).
Republish your kit on Typekit. If you’re using Typekit, republish any kits containing the updated fonts to use the latest versions.
We’ve been members of 1% for the Planet since 2010. Each of those years, we donated one percent of our annual revenue to nonprofit environmental organizations.
While we could simply donate without joining 1% for the Planet, we continue our membership because it keeps us committed to giving (we pledge, therefore we donate), our donations focused (the receiving nonprofits are first reviewed by 1%), and you’re assured that our commitment is real (1% audits our donations to see that we actually gave one percent).
The passing of another year means another round of giving. We spread our dollars like usual, among local and national nonprofits. Delve closer into our selections and you’ll see our interest in cycling and alternate transportation, healthy food choices, and cleaning up or protecting our environment. For 2013, we donated to the six organizations listed below.