Typefaces and the Mac I

I thought I knew all there was to know. Well, all the there was to know about type sites. But some one on one of my lists mentioned TypeCon
and then I looked at some of the sponsors, people I hadn’t herd of. My gosh. I just looked and looked at all these places that sold type. I know, I know. What is so exciting about type. Well, not so much for the web, but for print, it makes a big difference which typeface you use, and it helps if you get new input on what is cool out there.

  • The International Typeface Corporation: This one was the trade shows top sponsor, and I have never heard of them. They tell you the history of the font, and show what it looks like. Their prices seem to be about the same as other places, but they have a good presentation. They also allow you to buy font groups for discounted prices, which is kind of cool. Ten packages of fonts cost $269.
  • Linotype: This company has been making fonts for years, so it makes sense that they are listed here. Heck, I used to have a linotype printer, back when laser printers were very expensive. This website isn’t quite and interesting to read as the International Typeface Corporation, but it does give you information about the top sellers, and the newest typefaces that it has created, since Linotype is a font producer.
  • The FontShop: This site allows you to search for type faces by foundries and categories and packages. Not much different than other font places. The most interesting thing about this site is that it gives you links to other sites that talk about fonts, that make fonts, that give you news and discussion. This page in itself is well worth visiting, but can be a time eater if all you want to do is get a font and go.
  • BitStream: This is also a foundry, a maker of fonts, so I didn’t expect to much extra stuff from this site. And, it does give you information about new fonts, as it should, but it doesn’t have extras. BitStream, however, makes very good fonts.
  • Adobe: We can’t forget Adobe. Adobe, who started it all, in terms of PostScript (not in terms of type, as we had type before that). They don’t let you know they do type, hiding it on their website, but they are sponsoring this show, and that is cool; that remember their roots.
  • The Font Bureau: Here you can browse fonts, and the usual stuff. Interestingly enough, they have a bunch of OEM customers who want unique type faces. But they also sell to lay people. If you go to the section that talks about people, you can read about the people who create these fonts, which is kind of cool.
  • FontLab: This company makes tools that allow you to change the type you have. I have tried this before and it is really hard. But just looking at all you can do with their products is a real time-taker as well.
  • Identifont: This is interesting, because they develop fonts, but don’t sell them. In fact, they have a page for free fonts, offered by other dealers.
  • Font Diner: This is a good place for retro fonts, those typefaces that look as though they came from another age. I could have used this web-site back when I was just beginning in design, and needed to make something look retro. sigh.

There are even more than these. I’ll talk some more about these later this week. :)

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