MyFonts Musings is dead. Long live the MyFonts Blog!

March 19, 2009

Subscribers to MyFonts Musings will have noticed very little activity recently. To tell the truth, although we’ve always intended to keep it fresh and filled with tasty fresh commentary about MyFonts and the typographic world, for the last two years we’ve been super-busy with a root-and-branch revamp of the MyFonts website.

But now that we’ve launched the new MyFonts site successfully, from January 1, 2009 we have been ramping up our commitment to the new MyFonts blog. Since then we’ve blogged about our new logo, some great MyFonts T-shirts, WhatTheFont for iPhone, various new font releases, and of course random cool typographic stuff that we’ve come across.

IMPORTANT: Since the MyFonts Blog has moved, you won’t find all its delicious content here. Please change your bookmarks in your browser, and also in your RSS reader – if that’s how you take our blog – to:

The MyFonts Blog – a screen capture

The MyFonts Blog – a screen capture

Thanks for reading MyFonts Musings one last time, and sorry for not posting for two years! (Oh yes, and we’ve also started on a Twitter feed!)

– The MyFonts Team

IdN font promotional issue

March 16, 2007

The latest issue of IdN Magazine is a special “font promotional issue” featuring some interesting interviews with foundries who are greying the lines between type design and graphic design like Cape Arcona and Misprinted Type.
The interviews give a unique view into the thought process behind some progressive independent foundries. Pick up a copy if you get a chance, even if just for the fonts included on the accompanying DVD.

New Helvetica documentary clips posted!

December 15, 2006

For those of you fiending for the upcoming Helvetica documentary, you can now get a quick fix to help tide you over… four new sample video clips were just posted on the official site for your guilty type-nerd pleasure.

December 2006 Rising Stars

December 12, 2006

Every month we add new, innovative fonts and sign up new foundries. In the December 2006 Rising Stars, we show you our top-selling new fonts, including:

Laramie Pro Silk Script Joanne Script Aquiline

Laramie Pro is a distinguished contemporary and versatile script font with approximately 1,500 characters including Western European, Eastern European, Baltic, Turkish, and Romanian.

Silk Script is a graceful font, perfect for invitations and other projects requiring a touch of elegance. It’s available in two separate styles, Silk Script and Silk Script Alt. However, Silk Script Pro unifies both styles in one font, providing 550 characters of sheer elegance.

Joanne Script is an informal handwriting design. This fun font has a sharp, angular feel, which lends itself to casual messages, greeting cards, post-its, journals, you name it!

Aquiline is based on a cursive italic style, meaning writing that was done fairly quickly but skillfully with a square-edged nib. Aquiline has a strong personality and works well for invitations and projects requiring legibility, elegance — and a little bit of adventure.

Top 5 weirdest dingbat fonts

December 6, 2006

I was looking through a listing recently of picture fonts on MyFonts, and realized that there are some pretty weird ones there. Being a lover of all things weird (you should see my Netflix queue), I couldn’t help but share my findings with you all. So, without further ado, I present to you the top 5 weirdest dingbat fonts on MyFonts (drumroll please)…

#5: LTC Creepy Ornaments
LTC Creepy Ornaments
This collection of weird images was uncovered by Lanston in their research of historic decorative material. I’ve seen a lot of these kinds of odd-ball Victorian printers’ ornaments stashed away in random corners of various letterpress shops. Every time I see a new one I imagine a bustling print shop, circa 1895, being run by men with big mustaches… all of them completely high on absinthe, brainstorming ideas for new disturbing ornaments.

#4: Dingfatz
What can I really say about this one? Big is beautiful.

#3: Peepod
The first time seeing these curious shapes, it took me a minute to realize that the reason they were so familiar was that I had spent some very personal time with them. These are all silhouettes of the plastic drain-type thingies that are almost always at the bottom of public urinals.

I’m so curious to know how the guys at T-26 went about collecting these shapes… I have no idea what I would think if I walked in to a public restroom to find some dude taking a close-up photograph of the urinal.

#2: CA Subbacultcha
I guess in some ways the weirdo images in this font might be considered our generation’s equivalent of the Victorian stuff in the LTC stuff above (#5). They remind me of the retro-appropriation and collaging / juxtaposition that is used so much by the ever-weird Church Of The Sub-Genius. We are now approaching total obscurity. (sidenote: This font is named after a Pixies song!)

#1: Stalker
At present, it’s pretty hard to make anything of the default sample images of this font on MyFonts, but I’m not so sure that’s really even a bad thing for our average visitors… all I can really say about this font is “disturbingly weird”. I love it.

Special Mentions
Some acknowledgement is due to the following dingbat fonts for being unique and/or interesting, without necessarily tipping the weirdness scales:

Rorschach – psychologists’ ink blots
Olympukes – free icon font depicting the “true spirit” of the Olympic games
Patriot Kit – different camouflage patterns from different countries
Mr J Smith – mix and match facial features to recreate a person’s face
Dos De Tres – Mexican luchador wrestler masks
Soupirs – While the actual shapes of these dingbats aren’t too dissimilar to traditional typographic ornaments, the source material is pretty unique.

Dec. 2006 Design Trends: Holiday Fonts

December 1, 2006

When it comes to holiday typefaces, most people look for script designs, picture fonts, or decorative initials. We have a small assortment of each to show you below. We suggest using the fonts at large sizes for your invitations and other holiday projects.


Fete is a two-weight script family. Fete Regular presents itself as a distinctive script with an unusual luxurious flare, while Fete Super was deliberately designed to further express exuberance. The name comes from the French “fête” which means “festival.” Fete Super is a font that sparkles with the freedom and fascination of a wonderful festival of fireworks in celebration of something noble like Bastille Day.

Snowmany Snowmen

Snowmany Snowmen features fifty (count ’em) Snow People, perfect for creating Seasonal Greetings for homemade Christmas Cards, decorating your children’s “Thank You” letters – or just printing them out for your kids to color while Uncle Frank’s shovelling out the driveway!

Contempo Elan

Contempo Elan is a new script that comes in two flavors. Contempo Elan Grand Script is an elegant, hip alternative to a more traditional formal script. Contempo Elan Ornamental is a festive calligraphic script, perfect for any holiday announcement that requires a classy, celebratory typeface design.

Flat10 Holly

Flat10 Holly is a decorative pixel font for Flash and other graphic images. You should use it at a size of 10 pixels or at multiples of 10 (20, 30, 40, etc.).

LTC Holiday Ornaments

LTC Holiday Ornaments features over 80 printers’ ornaments and covers many holidays including Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and more. There’s even a pirate to represent international “Talk Like a Pirate” day. LTC Holiday Ornaments joins the Lanston Collection alongside the popular Christmas Ornaments. LTC Holiday Ornaments contains additional Christmas ornaments as well.

Venice Initials

Venice Initials are a redesign of a 15th-century Venetian original by an unknown calligrapher. They work well as drop caps and monograms. Use them at large sizes.

Fete Snowmany Snowmen Contempo Elan
Flat10 Holly LTC Holiday Ornaments Venice Initials

Be sure to check out our holiday fonts for all your seasonal events and projects.

Typographic Abbreviations Series #2: VAG

November 17, 2006

This entry is the second in a series of short articles explaining exactly what all those mysterious abbreviations you come across in your typographic lives actually mean. In this installation, the abbreviation we’ll examine is VAG (as in VAG Rounded).

VAG Rounded is a typeface that was originally developed by Sedley Place in 1979 as part of the corporate branding for Volkswagen. The “VAG” stands for “Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft” (which is German for “Volkswagen Incorporated”). In 1989, the font was published for public use by Adobe. Its designers were David Bristow, Gerry Barney, Ian Hay, Kit Cooper, and Terence Griffin.

VAG Rounded is one of many fonts which come bundled with several of Adobe‘s industry-standard design programs, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Because of the huge popularity of Adobe software (and subsequent proliferation of VAG Rounded), many designers have VAG Rounded loaded on their computers whether they know it or not. It is not surprising then, especially when considering VAG Rounded’s clean, simple, and friendly design, that it has become a very commonly used font.

While the type experts at Adobe identify VAG Rounded as “a variation on nineteenth-century grotesque sans serif designs”, its most obvious distinguishing factor is the use of rounded terminals. This design element gives it a uniquely soft and friendly feeling, making it popular as a choice for many modern logo designs and marketing campaigns (for more on this topic, see this entry on the FontShop blog by Stephen Coles).

In fact, the clean and friendly appearance of VAG Rounded earned it the choice for use on the keyboards of all Apple iBooks and 2003-and-later PowerBooks, further exposing the font to designers around the world.

VAG Rounded keyboard

Another indirect testament to the success of VAG Rounded when used in the context of corporate marketing is GE Inspira, an adaptation of VAG Rounded developed by Michael Abbink around 2002 as part of a visual identity system for General Electric. Some comparisons between the two fonts are made in the following image (from Wikipedia):

GE Inspira vs VAG Rounded

I still haven’t figured out how to pronounce VAG Rounded in my normal conversation. My immediate instinct is to make a word from the VAG initials and refer to it as something that would sound like “Vadge Rounded” or simply “Vadge”. But for obvious awkwardness-avoiding reasons I think I’ll just take the time to pronounce each letter: “Vee Ay Gee Rounded”.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.