What began as a retooling of our production process ended up as a full-scale rebuild of every font in our library. The new, updated fonts are now available to all customers as free upgrades. The changes are almost entirely technical in nature – in other words, the design of the typefaces remains the same – but the improvements are beneficial to everyone, particularly those who licensed webfonts or who regularly use Microsoft Office applications on Windows. Many of the changes were based on customer feedback so if you ever experience problems with our fonts, get in touch – we’re here to help.
So, what changed?
Desktop Font Changes
- OpenType fonts now work better in Microsoft Office programs. If you’ve seen styles behave unusually or not show up at all, this should fix that.
- Certain fonts are now style-linked for better behavior in programs that require style changes be made using the Bold or Italic buttons. Dive deep into style linking.
- Font menu organization has changed for three families: Bryant Condensed, Bryant Compressed and Klavika Condensed. The fonts are now grouped as their own family rather than under their larger family name (see illustration below). Some programs were unable to handle the larger number of fonts in a single grouping. This also results in better cross-platform compatibility.
- Other minor improvements.
- WOFF 2.0 format added. Webfont packages now include WOFF2, WOFF, and EOT files for each style. This new format offers compression advantages over the original WOFF format.
- OpenType code, once stripped for file size, has been added back into the fonts. This does not add OpenType features, but restores the ability to access them via CSS for any OpenType features in the font. For most of the current webfont library that translates to ligatures and fractions.
- Fixed glitches that occurred in certain browsers hindering rendering or kerning.
- Further minor improvements to rendering of all non-manually hinted fonts.
How to Upgrade
First, sign into your account and re-download your licensed fonts. Desktop users should uninstall existing fonts, restart, and then install the new fonts — in that order. Because the internal names of the fonts changed for the three reorganized families — Bryant Condensed or Compressed, and Klavika Condensed – existing documents using those fonts will have to replace the old fonts with the new fonts inside the document. Webfont users, upload the new versions to your server and check that the new font file names match the old. And for those of you using Typekit, republish your kits and the latest versions will be served.
Update: The Paper Swap is closed. Individual winners will be notified.
We’ve been collecting type-related stuff for years now, everything from books to specimens to rain ponchos. After dutifully saving every scrap, it’s time to send the duplicates off to a new home. So, wanna swap?
Send us a single piece of type-related material you’re willing to part with and we’ll select three favorites from everything we get. Among these winners, we’ll divvy up the material equally with one exception: the first place winner will choose three items they want before anyone else; second place will then choose two; and third will go last and choose one item.
On our end, the swap includes a variety of things, some with a Process connection, some without. Many of them can no longer be purchased or were never widely available to begin with. Here’s a partial list of what we’ll swap (quantities above one are noted):
- Modern Typography: An Essay in Critical History. Robin Kinross. 1992 (1st edition).
- The Great Discontent, Issue One. Edited by Tina Essmaker and Ryan Essmaker.
- Feltron 2007 Annual Report. Nicholas Felton. (Numbered #448 of 2000, signed).
- Metro Letters: A Typeface for the Twin Cities. Edited by Deborah Littlejohn. 2003. (2)
- Letterletter 14: Mannerist Writing. Gerrit Noordzij. 1996. (2)
- 14 Faces: Work from the MA Typeface Design class of 2007 at the University of Reading. Specimen booklet. (2)
- KABK Type and Media, class of 2007–08 poster. Type specimen.
- Interrobang 3. Edited by Stephen Coles and Tamye Riggs. 2005. (Featuring articles by Jorge de Buen and Jan Conradi, with display type set in Maple). (2)
- Font 004. Edited by Stephen Coles and Tamye Riggs. 2005. (A FontShop publication featuring an interview with Underware). (2)
- Mark Simonson Studio 3D postcard set (with 3D glasses).
- Task Newletter #1. Edited by Emmet Byrne, Alex DeArmond, and Jon Sueda. 2007.
- The Letterfirm Reader. Ian Lynam. 2013.
- FontShop rain poncho (with FF Tundra notebook).
- Monotype ampersand coasters (black).
- SOTA 2013 Typography Award collectible. Letterpress printed card honoring Zuzana Licko.
- and more…
How to Enter
Your entry should include: One piece of type-related material, well-packed so it doesn’t get damaged in the mail. On a separate sheet of paper, include your name and email address so we can contact you if you win. Optional: tell us why your piece of material is special.
Send entries to:
Process Type Foundry
PO Box 270086
Golden Valley, MN 55427
The not so fine print: Entries must be received by October 9, 2015. Any items sent to us will not be returned – and may be included in a future swap. A legible email address is required, so don’t forget! After selecting and notifying winners, they must claim their swap within fourteen days otherwise their prize will be given to the next in line.
* If this one goes well!
Today’s Sentinel & Enterprise features a bright rendition of the letter W by our own Nicole Dotin. For The Alphabet project, artist Anna Schuleit Haber has been taking over the front page of Fitchburg, Masachusetts’ daily newspaper, in collaboration with designers from around the world. You can see all of the front pages on the Fitchburg Art Museum’s website, as well on Twitter, in the hands of Fitchburg residents.
After a month on Fontstand we’ve made all of our typefaces available. If you haven’t seen Fontstand, it’s a free Mac application that allows you try fonts at no cost and rent them on a monthly basis. We offered five select families when the app debuted but now our entire library is there to test and rent. Read a bit more about the app in this blog post.
If you want to dive in, visit our foundry page on Fontstand.
There’s a new way to test our typefaces, and not just that – you can rent them too. Fontstand, a desktop Mac application, lets you try fonts for free for one hour as well as rent them on a monthly basis at 10% of the normal license cost. Whether you rent or trial, the chosen fonts work right away in your design apps without you having to install them. At launch, Fontstand offers hundreds of typefaces from over twenty independent foundries.
Clicking a ‘buy’ button isn’t always easy. Maybe you need to test the fonts before committing, maybe you want to make sure the client approves, or maybe you’re a design student on a tight budget. We get that – we’ve been there – and we think Fontstand can help. This new approach to licensing is a great way to get your hands on high-quality typefaces and ensure that you’re using the right font for the job. You can think of renting as an extensive test or as a way to use fonts for a limited time – you can always rent the fonts again when you revisit a project – and once you rent for twelve total months, the fonts are yours to download.
To get started with Fontstand, visit fontstand.com. And the links below will take you directly to the fonts we currently offer. If there are any typefaces you’d love to see on Fontstand, send us an email or tweet.
Process on Fontstand:
The Nerf Ball. Masking tape. The Hüsker Dü logo. Cheerios and Wheaties. This is Minnesota design and we haven’t even mentioned the architecture. Or the chairs. Or the rollerblades (don’t roll your eyes). Or the magnetic poetry (don’t roll your eyes!).
Walker Art Center launched a web-based initiative called Minnesota by Design and as you can see, we can’t pick a favorite. That’s why it’s such an honor to have Klavika included in the collection. Eric, who designed Klavika in 2004, was born in Minnesota and we’re proud to uphold the culture that has been here long before us.
The virtual gallery allows the Walker to include works that can’t be practically collected – like a park. It also means webfonts. We were excited to see Maple chosen as the typeface for the project, used for everything from navigation to descriptions and even the map that represents the origins of the designs.
So if you’re interested in some design history – much of this work extends far beyond Minnesota – take a look yourself but beware the rabbit hole. Soon you’ll know plenty about the Honeycrisp apple. Tonka Toys. Paul Bunyan. Marcel Breuer…
We’re excited to announce the release of two new typefaces, Scandia and Scandia Line. Although they’re siblings deep down, their differences are more apparent than their similarities. Designed first, Scandia Line is a skeletal sans serif made entirely without curves. Scandia came next, taking Line’s circular proportions but abandoning the all-angle policy for generous curves instead.
Each family has four weights with Scandia offering corresponding italics. As if that weren’t enough, Scandia and Scandia Line also include a stencil variant and several alternates for added versatility. The family’s matching proportions make them a perfect typographic pair but their distinct personalities allow them to function nicely on their own.
Available now, you can license Scandia and Scandia Line in web and desktop formats. For more about each family, visit their respective pages or take a look at their PDF specimens.
More good news on the rendering front. As we promised last May when we improved Colfax Web, Klavika 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
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.