Welcome to Webtype

At Webtype, Font Bureau is now serving a large and useful section of our library for the web. Font Bureau, in partnership of others, are treating each font in this process as a quality opportunity, testing each style at every size on all kinds of screens and software – there are a few hundred. There will be more fonts from Font Bureau, Ascender and others, but as quality is parmount at Webtype, it takes some time.

Of what we now make available from Font Bureau, we are recommending the use of slightly larger sizes than in print when using our headline faces, and we’ve designed and produced a new series of font families specifically for web body text. In designing fonts for body type we are working within narrow straights created by the combination of operating systems, browsers, default fonts and user environments.

We hope, whatever combination you choose to use, that you enjoy these new additions to our product line. The simplest way to make web fonts would have been to convert Font Bureau’s PostScript fonts to web formats, automatically hint the fonts and put up a sign on the Font Bureau’s web site. We and many others decided this was not the best and most consistent way to reach quality fonts, nor to reach good customer experiences.

So Font Bureau’s work – now that this web font thing’s for sure – is to keep in touch with the mingling of design, designers and technology, to fathom the depths of the web, serve the moving targets that are “web fonts”, and keep in touch with the roots of the type in our hands. And Webtype is there to do exactly the same thing, with more specialized partners, tools and processes.

We hope you enjoy not just the new and newly manufactured fonts, but also the whole idea of an open publishing environment where everybody has access to better typographic expression, including the best fonts.

9 Responses to Welcome to Webtype

  • This is great! I was hoping FB would join the web font movement. Any plan on bringing the Farnham family to webtype? I would love to see that!

  • Chuck Green says:

    This is getting fairly confusing. Can you tell us how Webtype and your licenses differ from other types of font embedding and sIFR?

  • I think all the webfont services are very expensive, but yours more than others. If I put 2 typefaces in my site I pay 60$ for a year. I think this is an abuse, If my site is running for years I’m paying that fonts hundreds of times. This is a truly new age for Type foundries and I think if that’s a succes in the real world everyday we’ll be seeing new foundries doing more fonts. Because type foundries never sold so much typefaces for normal users, including designers. Very very expensive.. I will continue designing websites with system fonts. That they are common does not mean they are bad, and you can always be creative using it. It’s a steal.

  • @David. You miss the point that a good part of your $30 a year goes to pay for Webtype serving that typeface from a global CDN, delivering multiple versions of each font to support an ever growing number of browsers and browser versions, and while keeping you within the typeface’s license, and all you have to do is link to a CSS file. $30 per font per year for *that* is a steal. BTW I don’t work for Webtype or FB, or have any affiliation to them, I just get annoyed with anonymous jerks.

  • Thank you for your comments! We realize there will always be a market for the system fonts, which is why we helped build them for Apple and Microsoft in the first place, and are helping to expand them. These need no serving, and as long as all device manufacturers and/or OS developers include them with their products, and remain consistent to each other, we see this as the backbone of web typography. Our service cannot compete with that kind of free as it also includes the user hosting and the fonts being installed, removing the need to make all the formats the browsers demand. But, if you look at it as Webtype is Installing High Quality Fonts on All of Your Web Site’s Visitor’s machines, and you don’t have to worry about nothin’, if that ain’t worth 60 bucks a year, don’t call me crazy :) And, besides, in your life as a electronics consumer, you better believe you indirectly pay at least $60 a year for systems’ fonts.

  • Jakub Steiner says:

    Glad to see you provide the service. Web deserves high quality fonts.

  • Eric Lanehart says:

    Have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Font Bureau and my other favorite foundries, delivering truly high quality type to the web. Can’t wait for the first opportunity to work with the service. And there are so many great options even just coming out of the gate. I hope Monotype’s Trade Gothic will make the jump soon! It was definitely worth the wait, the type is looking incredibly crisp. And the technical implementation seems very clean and easy. The pricing is no issue, I hope Webtype, FontFont, Typekit and all the others forthcoming make a fortune, this is all long overdue. One question: are the @font-face stylesheets being served up for specific browsers? I don’t have access to a PC at the moment so I was wondering how the EOF/WOFF versions are delivered.

  • @Eric – we appreciate your comments and are very pleased with all the positive feedback we’ve had so far (on this blog and elsewhere. As to your question, YES that is one of the key benefits of the Webtype service. We automatically sense the user’s browser and deliver the appropriate @font-face and web font file(s). Our service currently supports four different file types (EOT, WOFF, TTF and SVG) which are required to support all the different desktop and mobile browsers.

  • Thomas Adams says:

    The idea is not bad actually, although i still have concerns regarding your cross browser support. I’m using FireFox 3.0.19 and all the fonts you offer fall back to the standard font. Another issue are especially east asian languages, font files tend to be large here, are there any intentions to support also east asian fonts in the near future.

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