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Improved Webfont Rendering, Round Two

A magnified comparison of Elena Web that was auto-hinted and manually-hinted.

More good news on the rendering front. As we promised last May when we improved Colfax WebKlavika 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

Elena Web, auto-hinted and manually-hinted

The auto-hinted (top) and manually-hinted (bottom) versions of Elena Web rendered at 24, 20, and 16 pixels by IE 11 in Windows 8.1. A few noticeable improvements: at 24px, the contrast of the ‘a’ is fixed; at 20px, the ‘g’ is truer to the original design; and at 16px, the loopy ‘e’ is straightened.

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.


An Interview, Some Outtakes and Credits

If you happened by the FontFeed recently, you’ll find an interview with Process Type Foundry partners Eric Olson and Nicole Dotin by Yves Peters. Go ahead, read the words. Sometimes, though, we just want to ogle the pictures. Here are photos from the interview along with extended annotations, outtakes and some extras.

Eric and Nicole
Eric and Nicole standing in the doorway of the Process Type Foundry studio.

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Five new webfonts!

We’ve converted five more of our typefaces into webfonts. Now you can license Anchor, Kettler, Locator Display, Maple and the much-requested Stratum 1 & 2 for use with the CSS rule @font-face. For a one-time fee, you can serve the delivered WOFFs and EOTs yourself or host the fonts through Typekit. For a quick overview of our webfont option, read Webfonts with @font-face, finally!.

Learn more:
Webfonts & @font-face in the Help section
Our Webfont License
FAQ about the License


Stratum in use: Under The Influence magazine

Designed by Xavier Encinas, Under the Influence is an art fashion magazine that gathers work from photographers, stylists, artists and writers around a single theme per issue.

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New in use: Matt Van Ekeren’s tongue depressor

We can say with some certainty that Matt Van Ekeren is the first to print our Stratum onto a tongue depressor that doubles as a business card and call them ‘business depressors’. We’re also pretty certain they won’t fit in your wallet but they’re all the more charming for it. Check them out – along with other design pieces using Stratum – in its in use section.