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.