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May 27, 2009 set in FF Pitu

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New and Notable

Axel Family

AxelFontShop Exclusive
A new typeface by Erik Spiekermann, Erik van Blokland, and Ralph Oliver du Carrois

The first font family published by FontShop AG made its debut last weekend at TYPO Berlin 2009. The spreadsheet-friendly typeface was born out of Erik Spiekermann’s personal need for an economic and readable typeface optimized for use on screen, and a recognition that most users don't use tables only for numbers, but also for text typically too long for their provided columns.

Narrow, but not “condensed”, Axel (pronounced “excel”) is meant to conserve space. Substantial contrast between bold and regular weights, easily distinguishable characters (l, I, i, 1, 7 etc.), and small capitals for emphasis, increase readability and visual hierarchy. The Axel family includes style linking and ClearType support, making it fully compatible with most office environments.

One of the best features of Axel is its price. The four-weight family is only $19.90 (€19.90, AUD 32.50). As an experiment in accessibility FontShop is excited to offer a professional-quality typeface for such a low price — for a limited time (this offer expires June 30th, 2009).


Parisine OpenTypeFontShop Exclusive a Porchez typeface by Jean-François Porchez


Cenizas OpenType a Sudtipos typeface by Alejandro Paul and Angel Koziupa

Rumba Ikiru Sans

Rumba OpenType FontShop Exclusive

Ikiru Sans OpenType FontShop Exclusive

FS Kitty Parry

FS Kitty OpenType FontShop Exclusive

Parry OpenType FontShop Exclusive

Fresh From the FontFeed
New Erik Spiekermann Typeface Axel Premieres At TYPO Berlin 2009

Spiekermann’s Axel Premieres At TYPO Berlin 2009
Just in time for the relaunch of its website, FontShop Germany releases Axel, an economical, highly legible font family optimized for on-screen use in office apps such as Microsoft Excel.

Łukasz Dabrowski’s FF Pitu Patterns

Łukasz Dabrowski’s FF Pitu Patterns
Krakow-based designer Łukasz Dabrowski used the sweeping curves and elegant foxtail terminals of FF Pitu to create fantastic graphics of repeating glyphs.

ScreenFonts for May

ScreenFonts: Fast & Furious, The Escapist, Crank: High Voltage, State Of Play, Obsessed
Our monthly review of movie poster typography.

Featured FontCases
Trajan Alternatives

Trajan Alternatives
Carol Twombly’s digitization of the legendary Trajan column is a classic, but suffers from overuse and isn’t always the best option. Here are others from the inscriptional genre.


A typeface made of multiple lines can add sparkle and flair to a design. We’ve combined all the multilinear fonts from our collection into one handy list.

Wood Type

Wood Type
Fonts inspired by the heavy, blocky, rustic shapes of 19th century type made of wood.

Website Feature
Product Page

New Font Specimens

Always looking to improve the view of each typeface at, we’ve just improved the design of our specimen pages to reveal design details and shed light on extra features. What’s new:

  • A wider main content column with all font info. New icons for formats, with a description of each on hover. Added year of design.
  • Added a new Display Sample with multiple lines of larger type. See more of the design right away.
  • Expanded the Text Sample to two paragraphs at different sizes.
  • Improved the interface for viewing the character set by OpenType feature.
  • Added a Gallery tab for PDF downloads and future images of the fonts in use.

We’re still tweaking these pages, so your feedback is welcome and important!

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