The League of Movable Type

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Everyone knows about the limits of web typography and recently there have been several different technologies developed to address this.  Over the past few years I’ve experimented with sIFR and Cufòn, I have been wanting to try out @fontface for some time but had been put off by the need to purchase additional licenses for any half decent fonts.  When looking for a font to use for a recent project I can across this open-source foundry with gorgeous fonts all free and ready to use on the web with @fontface.  While I love the complete flexibility that something like Cufòn provides, there are still licensing issues with some fonts and I found the more fonts I used on a site I started to get a slight loading delay, this isn’t an issue with @fontface which simply uses CSS and an uploaded font file.  If more designers are willing to provide their fonts for free or at an affordable rate I can see this option becoming the web standard of the future.


  • las artes

    June 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

    With typefront you upload your own fonts if you have a web license for them. So it offers no fonts at all, is a diy service for hosting your font only. Offers a free, try it out service for 1 font, with 500 requests per day. If you upload more fonts its going to cost you around $15 per mth.

  • Panama

    June 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Type is to text what voice is to speech. The fonts you choose have a dramatic impact on the tone and emotion of the message you are presenting. As the famed book designer Richard Bringhurst put it, “When the type is poorly chosen, what the words say linguistically and what the letters imply visually are dishonest, disharmonious, out of tune.” Now that we are no longer limited to the “Fatal Five” families – the Arial®, Georgia®, Trebuchet® MS, Times®, and Verdana® faces – we are free to explore, mix and match a wider variety of typographic voices.

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