In short, if you’re going to:
- install the fonts on a computer, you need desktop fonts
- use the fonts for live, selectable text on a website, you need webfonts
- embed the fonts in mobile software, you need mobile app fonts
Desktop fonts are the most common purchase and are the all-around multi-purpose font. They’re OpenType files that can be installed on a Mac or PC. Use them to create brochures, flyers, logos, website mock-ups, signage, and a host of other materials.
Webfonts are used exclusively on the web, served to a website for the live, selectable text on your site. They’re WOFF, WOFF2, and EOT files that are implemented with the CSS @font-face rule, or via Typekit. Webfonts cannot be installed on your computer.
A mobile app license allows you to embed or include the font files in mobile software, something the desktop license doesn’t allow. If you are building a web-based app (and you are not embedding or including the font files in the app), our webfont license may meet your needs.