FontShop Newsletter: October 10, 2011
In this issue
   
Mobile FontFonts: 15 type designs in 14 packages for iOS
FF Karbid revised & extended: Redesign & new styles
New Office/Web FontFonts: FF Nexus & FF Signa Serif
New Language Extensions: FF Unit Pro now with Cyrillic & Greek
FontFonter update: Latest Web FontFonts & bookmarklet
iOS 5: Use Mobile FontFonts with the new operating system
 
 
Mobile FontFonts: 15 type designs in 14 packages for iOS
 

Introducing Mobile FontFonts

You already carry the rest of your communication resources in your pocket. Now you can carry your fonts too. Today FontShop International released 14 font packs, tailored for use in iOS apps. Once again, we’re leading the way in typographic technology.

The files are optimized to make the design process for creating beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. They’re optimized for screen and licensed for use on mobile devices.

Mobile FontFont Specimen PDF

 

Mobile FontFonts

 
 
 
  FF Basic Gothic Mobi Pro

FF Basic Gothic Mobi Pro

  FF Celeste Mobi Pro

FF Celeste Mobi Pro

  FF Celeste Sans Mobi Pro

FF Celeste Sans Mobi Pro

 
  FF Clifford Mobi Pro

FF Clifford Mobi Pro

  FF Cocon Mobi Pro

FF Cocon Mobi Pro

  FF Daxline Mobi Pro

FF Daxline Mobi Pro

 
  FF Duper Mobi Pro

FF Duper Mobi Pro

  FF Hands

FF Hands Mobi Pro

  FF Trixie Mobi Pro

FF Trixie Mobi Pro

 
  FF Good Mobi Pro

FF Good Mobi Pro

  FF Providence/Sans Mobi Pro

FF Providence/Sans Mobi Pro

  FF Suhmo Mobi Pro

FF Suhmo Mobi Pro

 
  FF Tisa Mobi Pro

FF Tisa Mobi Pro

  FF Yoga Mobi Pro

FF Yoga Mobi Pro

  FF Yoga Sans Mobi Pro

FF Yoga Sans Mobi Pro

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

App designers & developers

Mobile FontFonts give the app designer control over typography at every level within the app. With Mobile FontFonts, type specified for user interface labels, input text, etc. can now be embedded in the app, so you won’t have to depend on the limited options that come preinstalled on the device.

How are Mobile FontFonts embedded in apps? This is left up to the developer. The font files are formatted to reside on the application layer. When meeting with developers, the designer may mention that Mobile FontFonts have been tailored not only to the device screen, but for developer ease of use. The font files are TrueType format, to comply with the broadest spec possible across devices. Each of the Mobile FontFonts is a Pro version that supports several languages and is capable of sophisticated typography from the start. Support for Mobile FontFonts is presently in iOS only.

Get them at MobileFontFonts.com.

 
 
 
 


Download FF Basic Gothic Mobile Pro Black Italic for free from FontShop.

Download free weight

 

FF Basic Gothic Mobile Pro Black Italic

 
FF Karbid revised & extended: Redesign & new styles
FF Karbid
   

Karbid is an interpretation of German storefront lettering from the early 1900s. It was introduced in 1999 with only three text weights and one display version. Then, Verena Gerlach collected and documented commercial alphabets in the Berlin neighborhoods Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte. The city has since been heavily renovated, so the letters that inspired Karbid aren’t often seen on the streets these days, but their classically German vernacular charm lives on in FF Karbid.

 
 
 
 

 

 

Features

FF Karbid: Five weights with matching obliques

FF Karbid now offers a balanced range of five weights — from Light to Black — each with matching obliques. All versions of FF Karbid offer numerous alternate characters that alter their appearance and mood. These are based on eccentric forms of Art Deco lettering — low- and high-waisted capitals; round versions of A, C, E; single-story a and g, and many more. The fonts include numerous figure sets, arrows and bullets, and offer Latin Extended language support.

FF Karbid: Features
 
 
 
   

Families

The new FF Karbid is a freshly polished version of the original typeface. Rounder, wider letters give the shapes more space and balance. The contrast was reduced in the regular weight to obtain a harmonious, monolinear typeface that retains Karbid’s liveliness; it was increased in the bolder weights to make them elegantly legible.

Of all the reworked FF Karbid designs, its Display weight holds closest to the original, revised and perfected according to Verena Gerlach’s exacting standards for personality and clarity.

The Karbid family welcomes two entirely new sub-families. One of them, the Text version, abandons the serif-like swashes of original Karbid, which makes for eminently readable body copy in small sizes. But the straightforward new Karbid text dosesn’t sacrifice its personality; the friendly, lively forms of l, y, z and Z still show their Karbid family resemblance.

The other new sub-family is a Slab version. Its sober, news-like character is inspired by magazine typography of the 1920s. (See Memphis, etc.) Strong serifs make this typeface sure-footed and reliable. Increased contrast makes it legible and balanced.

FF Karbid Pro Spec Sheet PDF

New Office/Web FontFonts: FF Nexus & FF Signa Serif
New Office/Web FontFonts: FF Nexus & FF Signa Serif
 

New Office & Web FontFonts

FontFont continues its steady conversion of its library in Web & Offc versions. This time FF Nexus and FF Signa Serif were released in both font formats.

FF Nexus Sans Offc/Offc Pro, Web/Web Pro
FF Nexus Sans Offc/Offc Pro, Web/Web Pro
FF Nexus Typewriter Offc/Offc Pro, Web/Web Pro
FF Nexus Mix Offc/Offc Pro, Web/Web Pro
FF Signa Serif Offc/Offc Pro, Web/Web Pro

 

Ten years after his iconic FF Scala, Martin Majoor expanded his idea of “two typefaces; one form principle” into “three typefaces; one form principle.” The result: a new family of typefaces. FF Nexus borrows some of its structure from FF Scala, but adds the slab-like FF Nexus Mix and monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter to the set. The four coordinated families form a powerhouse type system, combining elegance with versatility.

FF Signa is a typically Danish typeface, rooted in architectural lettering rather than book typography. Concise letterforms and a minimum of detail produce clear, harmonious word images. The serif companion that was added in 2005 has an increased contrast and confident, rectangular serifs.

 
New language extensions: FF Unit Pro now with Cyrillic & Greek
 

FF Unit Pro now with Cyrllic & Greek

Designed by Erik Spiekermann and produced by Christian Schwartz, FF Unit is the grown-up, no-nonsense sister of Spiekermann’s famous FF Meta. Less outspoken and more disciplined, FF Unit avoids being cold or uptight; it’s just cool. There’s no redundant ornamentation, just a lot of character. It is — like FF Meta — ideal for both small type and large, tight-set headlines. The increased contrast between vertical and horizontal strokes and open spacing is especially eye-pleasing in the smaller sizes.

FF Unit Pro already included all the accents and extra characters needed for Central European and Baltic languages and Turkish. The new version adds Cyrillic and Greek alphabets.

 
FontFonter update: Latest Web FontFonts & bookmarklet
FontFonter
 

FontFonter has now been updated with the latest Web FontFonts. We also now offer a brand-new FontFonter bookmarklet which makes it even easier to FontFont any website.

Go to www.fontfonter.com and click on the magenta bookmarklet badge for more information.

 
iOS 5: Use Mobile FontFonts with the new operating system
 
 

Use MobileFontFonts in your iOS 5 apps

 

Mobile FontFonts & iOS 5

iOS 5, the next version of the operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, has a ton of features including greater support for rich text and a variety of fonts. Now is the perfect time to leverage our new Mobile FontFonts in the development and design of your iOS app to help make your app stand apart from the rest. Apple is releasing iOS 5 in mid-October.

 
 
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