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5
Feb
2015

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.



27
Jan
2015

Giving One Percent to the Environment, 2014 Edition

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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.

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25
Jul
2014

New Release: Pique

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.



16
May
2014

Improved Rendering for Three Webfont Families

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).


Before

After

From top to bottom: Klavika Web Condensed Regular, Klavika Web Medium and Colfax Web Bold. All samples are set at 14px and rendered by Firefox 28 on Windows 8.


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.

Up next
The web versions of Colfax, Klavika and Klavika Condensed were the first in line for the updates, but Elena Web, Stratum 1 & 2 Web and Bryant 2 Web are on deck.



6
Feb
2014

Giving One Percent to the Environment, 2013 Edition

1% for the PlanetWe’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.



24
Jun
2013

Our New Webfont License

We’ve made a couple of changes to our webfont license, removing some restrictions, putting others in place and adding a new use. The biggest changes are as follows:

  • Licensed by pageviews
    Our previous license was priced based on the number of domain names. The new one is based on the average monthly traffic, counted in pageviews, of the website using the fonts. The starting price for the lowest traffic level – 500,000 pageviews – remains the same as our previous single-domain price.

  • Expanded domain name coverage
    Although the new license is still for use with a single domain, the definition of a domain is more inclusive. So long as the unique identifier of the domain name remains the same, subdomains and top-level domains are now unlimited. For example, the following five domain names are considered a single domain:


    example.com, example.dk, shop.example.com, blog.example.com,
    blog.example.fr, example.net


    In the past, this would have counted as four domain names (five subdomains were included with each domain) and required a separate license for each.

  • Adding web-based mobile app usage
    We were often asked if our webfont license covered web-based apps and our answer was that it didn’t. In our new license, we explicitly allow webfont use for web-based apps using @font-face to call the fonts. It’s important to note that mobile apps built with embedded or included fonts are not be covered by this or our desktop license and require the purchase of a license extension if such use is desired.

Learn more specifics about the new license in the webfont license FAQ or going straight to the source: the webfont license.


Already purchased a domain-based license from us?
If you already purchased webfonts under the previous domain-based license, don’t worry – this doesn’t change your license. It will remain domain-based and not tied to pageviews.

However, if you were to upgrade a previous purchase (say you bought Bryant 2 Web Bold and wanted to upgrade to Bryant 2 Web Complete Family), all the fonts in that order, including the previous purchase, would fall under the new license.



31
May
2013

Buy smart, upgrade!

In a nutshell, our upgrade program let’s you add licenses or more family members of previously purchased fonts without re-paying for what you’ve already purchased. The benefit, in both cases, is that you can buy what you need, when you need it, without penalty. It’s also a great way to try out fonts, starting with a single weight or pack, knowing you won’t pay for those fonts again if you purchase larger packs that contain the same fonts later on.

There are three basic types of upgrades but they can be combined in just about any conceivable way. Both desktop and web fonts are upgradable but only purchases made directly through the Process Type Foundry are eligible.


1) Add more fonts from the same family
Start small, with just a single, then purchase the full family when you need a larger typographic palette. Or, for a larger family, start with a single, move to a pack and purchase the whole family when you’re convinced it’s a good fit.

Example: add more fonts from the same family

Example: Buy Capucine Basic Black for $39 and when you’re ready for more, purchase the Basic Pack 2 for $60 (normally $99 with $39 taken off since Pack 2 contains the previously purchased Black weight).


2) Add OpenType Features
Bryant, Capucine, Elena, Klavika and Seravek all have various OpenType features like small caps, arrows and multiple numeral styles. They’re offered in two flavors for different budgets: the full versions have all their OpenType features and a higher price, and the basic sets have fewer features and a lower price. If you’re not sure you’ll use all the features, start with a basic character set and upgrade to the full version whenever you’re ready.

Example: upgrade from a basic character set to fully-featured.

Example: Buy Elena Basic Complete Family for $99. When you’re ready to add the small caps to your repertoire, purchase the full version for another $100 (normally $199 minus $99 from the previous purchase of the Basic family).


3) Add computers
This is the most straightforward of upgrade options. When your team has grown or the fonts you’ve purchased are on more computers than you’re licensed for, add more easily.

Adding computers.

Adding computers, the view from the Purchase Options page for Bryant Compressed.

To add more computers, in this instance to an existing one computer license of Bryant Compressed Bold, simply choose the number of computers you’d like and ‘add’ to cart. That’s it! The previous purchase price of $39 is factored into the cost and the extra license ends up at just $4.

For all upgrades, the first step is to log into your account. Once logged in, any prices affected by upgrades will show up in blue.


Learn more
From our Help pages:
An overview of our upgrade program
How to: upgrade to desktop packs, families or pro versions
How to: add licenses to a previous purchase
Since I need a login, what if I don’t have one?



16
May
2013

Colfax In Use: Make It Bigger

Our Colfax has been finding a home for itself on the web as of late. You won’t find tiny type in this lot of featured sites, but generous sizing that gives the type room to breath and shine. Below are a few websites using Colfax to great effect.


Thankful Site Grab
Thankful, a wedding gift registry site, with headlines set in Colfax Thin and body copy (and some display) set in Elena.


Normative
From Normative, a multidisciplinary design firm based in Toronto, Canada, a website showcasing the firm set exclusively in Colfax.


Daft Punk Cover Story
Watch your screen burn in this Pitchfork cover story on Daft Punk, with headlines set in Colfax.