Fonts by Hoefler & Co.

We’re marking the change to H&Co with some updates to our font library, some new features on the site, and some good news for app developers.

Improved mobile fonts

We’ve remastered all 1,094 fonts in our library to deliver even more consistent performance across desktop, web, and mobile environments. In the past, we’d supplied app developers with special “mobile” versions of fonts built for iOS and Android — but starting today, any fonts you purchase for your computer will be the same ones you’ll use when developing mobile apps.

Free updates for desktop fonts

We’re building a new feature for the site that makes it easy to download your past purchases any time you need them, and to ensure that you always have the latest versions of our fonts. Today we’re rolling this out to our Cloud.typography subscribers, and soon we’ll be making it available to everyone. If you’re a Cloud user, log in and go to Your Font Library under the “Welcome” menu, and you’ll be able to see your entire font collection, and download the latest versions of any fonts you’ve licensed for your computer.

Streamlined app development

We’ve changed our licenses to make life a little easier for app developers. In the past, developers needed two kinds of licenses: an End-User License to use fonts on their computers, and a separate App License to embed these fonts in their apps. We’ve rewritten our EULA so that anyone buying a computer license can now use these fonts to develop apps, without any separate paperwork. App Licenses are needed only when publishing an app, something our licensing group can help arrange for you or your clients.

Fly Delta, Readability, QuizUp and Threes, featuring our Whitney SSm, Sentinel SSm, Gotham SSm, and Premium typefaces.

We’d like to thank all the designers and developers who’ve made our typefaces a part of your fantastic work. As people who are obsessed with designing fonts to solve problems, we love seeing all the ways you’ve used our fonts to improve familiar experiences, and create entirely new ones. We can’t wait to see what’s coming next. —JH

New at Typography.com

We’re starting off the new month with some enhancements to site, and some good news for web developers. Here’s what’s happening.

Answers: Search and FAQ

We took the occasion of writing a new Webfont FAQ to polish up our site search tools: you’ll find both resources available here. In addition to some guided tours of topics like licensing and troubleshooting, you’ll find updated answers to questions about publishing apps, making PDFs, and more. Since the tool searches across the entire site, look for some colorful surprises, in case you just happen to be searching for poodle’s paws, lightning bolts, Tupac Shakur, Zipf’s Law, or any of the three places we mentioned Steve McQueen, which science can’t explain.

Larger Desktop Licenses

We’ve been delighted to see organizations of every size adopt Cloud.typography, from independent developers subscribing at $99 to high-traffic websites who measure visitors in the billions. In keeping with the range of webfont subscriptions we offer, today we’re expanding the range of desktop licenses that can be purchased online: starting today, you can license fonts online for as many as 250 computers. As always, our sales office is happy to assist organizations who need even bigger licenses. Drop us a line.

Webfont Domains

One of Cloud.typography’s highlights is that it lets you deliver webfonts to an unlimited number of domains. We’ve heard from designers who enable a single domain such as example.com that traffic to www.example.com is blocked, because the www hasn’t been explicitly included. Starting today, every time you add a domain, the www subdomain is automatically whitelisted, and vice versa: adding www.example.com whitelists example.com as well. If you’re grappling with an especially gruesome list of subdomains, you can use the asterisk as a wild card to authorize them all, by adding *.example.com. There’s more about this in the Cloud.typography User Guide.

We’re hiring!

The best news of all: we’re hiring! With Cloud.typography up and running, and the next generation of web applications in the works, it’s a great time to join a small and dedicated team of obsessives, and to build things for an audience who appreciates good design. This is a full-time position in our New York office, open to US citizens and others with authorization to work in the US. Tell your friends. —JH

Now Hiring: Web Developer & Programmer

So you love HTML5. You’re psyched that the IE9 beta looks so promising, because you’ve got enough IE6 war stories, though personally you’re rocking the latest Firefox nightly. Sometimes you can’t remember what life was like before jQuery, but in a pinch you’re prepared to roll your own library. (Which, let’s face it, makes you feel a little like MacGyver, and you like working with folks who notice.) And you’ve spent a lot of time noodling with @font-face. A lot. Is this you? Come and work among kindred spirits: H&FJ is looking for a full-time front-end developer to make a significant contribution to the ever-evolving typography.com. Position filled!

You can feel when things are built correctly, and can smell a kludge at fifty paces. You know how to run a test and assess its results, and how to shepherd your source-controlled code all the way from development to release. You’re someone who likes to reduce a problem down to a set of tasks, and you’re intimately familiar with the sense of accomplishment that comes from seeing all the parts come together. You write modular code because you hate doing the same thing twice, but you’re always up for doing something five different ways just to be sure. And your middle name is LAMP. If this is you, come join us as a full-time web programmer at Hoefler & Frere-Jones. Position filled!

Typography Delivered Fresh

A friend who teaches typography to undergraduates recently asked an unexpected favor: “can my students browse the e-mails Hoefler & Frere-Jones sends out?” Apparently he’s in the habit of circulating printouts with his students, when they raise questions that we’ve recently discussed with our readers — how to choose fonts for information-heavy projects like annual reports being an especially hot topic, though he also encourages his students to dig deeply in the character sets of their fonts, and to look for value when building their own font libraries. So posted herewith is last month’s e-mail, at the bottom of which you’ll find a link to the previous issue. And if you’d like to get next month’s, we encourage you to...

Made With H&FJ

An optometrist’s business card, the packaging for a rubber band gun, a basketball court, a scented candle, the concrete signage markers for subtropical hiking trails: these are just a few of the marvelous projects for which designers have chosen fonts from Hoefler & Frere-Jones. They’re sharing their work over on our Facebook photo page, where more than 3,800 fans are currently perusing the collection. If you’re a Facebook user and an type enthusiast, come by and share the typographic masterpieces that you’ve made with our fonts.

New on the blog this morning, the tag “Made with H&FJ” marks some of the great things we’ve seen done with our work, which we’ve written about here on the blog. Hiding among the publications, identities, posters, illustrations, and presidential campaigns are a few unexpected delights, including one typeface bedecked with icicles, and another fashioned into a ten-foot topiary. This week promises two more typographic extravaganzas: a brilliant but unclassifiable magazine, and a roving cupcake purveyor. Stay tuned. —JH

Blog Tags

Lettering by Kevin Dresser

Regular readers of H&FJ’s News, Notes & Observations will notice a few changes to the blog today, chief among them the addition of tags.

Some items are identified by visual labels (Blackletter, Punctuation, Calligraphy, Lettering), others are organized conceptually (Behavior, Puzzles, Satire, Unexplained); most tags have a little bit of both (Modular Letters, Process, Paradoxes). At least a few categories might be unexpected (Food & Drink, Gifts, Onomastics, Asemic Writing), and at least one is probably confounding. But I’ll leave it to you to find it. —JH

Find us on Facebook

Yesterday, our 1,000th Facebook friend became a fan of H&FJ. Won’t you join us?

Fellow typographers have joined us on Facebook to start conversations, share links of interest, and post photographs of things made with H&FJ fonts. (Now showing: group member Rick Griffith’s typographic stencils made from Gotham, in which the scale isn’t immediately apparent; “it’s about eight feet long,” says Rick casually…) Bring your favorite work featuring H&FJ fonts and share it with the class. —JH

Now Hiring

There are those designers in the world whose idea of design begins and ends with typography. I’m obviously one of them: before founding H&FJ, my graphic design portfolio included book covers with carefully worked lettering atop “illustration TK,” and editorial design in which main features were ignored in favor of type-rich pages like the table of contents, where I really got to flex my muscles.

If this sounds familiar, and you’re a graphic designer in the New York area seeking full-time employment, take a look at our careers page: we’re looking for a very special typomaniac graphic designer to join us. Position filled!—JH

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