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Desktop typefaces

What are desktop typefaces

A typeface that is sold with a licence to use on your desktop and send artwork files to a printer. The majority of our typefaces are sold as Open Type Format files that are compatible with both Mac and PC. Some are sold as image files as they are too complex to convert into a working typeface. This is made clear on the typeface descriptions but do get in touch if you need any help.

So long as you abide by the licence that covers the typeface, you can do what you like with it. We would love to see how they grow in the wild, do send us pictures!

What are OpenType files

Based on the structure of TrueType but adding an enormous capacity for additional layers of behaviour and typographic control. This allows us to develop typefaces that are intelligent and adapt the glyphs used with certain character combinations. As an example of this behaviour have a look at Delphon by Jack Featherstones. This switches glyphs to allow characters to join in certain combinations.

How to purchase a typeface

Each typeface has a section called 'buying options' that covers the majority of needs. When you checkout you will be taken to Paypal where your payment will be made. You will then be directed back here to download your files.

This means your files will be ready immediately.

How to download typefaces purchased previously

At the top right of this screen, login

Under your account your previous purchases will be available to download.

How to get the latest version of a typeface

We update typefaces, add additional weights or OpenType features that are available to anyone who has purchased a typeface previously. Login to your account and the download shown will be the latest tastiest version we have.

How to install an OpenType file on Mac

Decompress the .zip file you have downloaded.
Double click on the file ending with .otf and it will be installed in fontbook.
If you use font managment software then either drag the font file into that application, or from within the application click 'install' and navigate to the font file location.

How to install an OpenType file on PC

Decompress the .zip file you have downloaded.
Under Windows 7/Vista:
Right-click the font file and select install

Under any other version of Windows:
Place the font files into the Fonts folder, usually C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\WINNT\Fonts
(can be reached as well by the Start Menu > Control Panel > Appearance and Themes > Fonts)
If you use font management software then either drag the font file into that application, or from within the application click 'install' and navigate to the font file location.

How to use an .eps / .tiff / .psd file

Not all of our typefaces are strictly speaking, typefaces. They are image files. We will make it very clear what each file is on the detail page of a typeface, so do check before you purchase. When you download one of these files you will need some design or image editing software to use them. By downloading one of these files we expect you to acknowledge these restrictions and hopefully you'll see the benefit in having a more experimental file that you can use in your design work.

If you need TrueType

Get in touch with us and let us know what and why you need a TrueType file and if we can we will do everything we can to help you out.

To use typefaces online

An overview

Typography on the internet is getting sexier. Website designers can now use a huge (and growing rapidly) library of type which is served quickly to the websites they design.

Our Kit service makes it really easy to use our fonts online. You can set up as many kits as you like, add as many typefaces as you need and serve them to as many domains as you fancy.

Its free to try it out.

How to create a kit

Register (or login) and view account

When you are logged in click 'View Account', shown top right of this window. You will be taken to a page that shows you your account settings, with a submenu that reads: Account Settings, Kits, Downloads, Orders

Click kits

You will be promted to create a kit, and will have access to all your previously created kits.

You can create as many kits as you like.

Create a Kit

You will be prompted to give your kit a name
You can list the domains that you would like to use this kit on, you can edit these details later.
You can either determine how much of your subscription you would like to allocate to this kit, or you can leave it blank for no restriction

How to add and remove typeface from a kit

Add a typefaces

Navigate to a typeface buying options page. If the typeface is available for use online, select the name of the kit you have created.

If you haven't created a kit, you will be prompted to create a kit

Remove a typefaces

Within Your Account > Kits admin area, you will be able to view all of the kits you have created.

Click the name of the kit you would like to edit.

You will see a list of the typefaces within the kit with a cross at the right hand side of the column. Click the cross and the typeface will be removed from the kit.

How to use a kit on your website

Add the domain(s) you want to use the kit on

Login to your account

Click 'view account' top right

Select 'Kits' from the menu list: Account Settings, Kits, Downloads, Orders

Click on the name of the kit that you would like to add a domain name too

Select 'Kit Settings' and click 'edit settings'

You can now list the domains that you would like to use this kit on, you will need to include localhost if you are building or testing your site locally.

Add the kit .js script into your website head tag

Login to your account

Click 'view account' top right

Select 'Kits' from the menu list: Account Settings, Kits, Downloads, Orders

Click on the name of the kit that you would like to add to your website

Select 'embed code'

Copy this code and add it inside the head tag of your website.

Add the kit CSS into your stylesheet

Login to your account

Click 'view account' top right

Select 'Kits'

Click on the name of the kit that you would like to add to your website

Find the typeface that you would like to add into your CSS, and on the right hand edge of the column, select CSS

This will open a CSS example, copy the CSS font-family: name in this example.

If they are given, copy the CSS font-style: and font-weight: rules.

Feel free to tweak and tinker with your CSS rules. Do build font stacks that degrade gracefully.

Load your webpage and the type rule you have applied the CSS rule too should now be the type face from your kit

Notes on how we calculate your usage

Your subscription level is measured by page requests made via your kits to our servers.

Each typeface within a kit makes a separate request to our server on a web page loading. This means if you add 1 (one) typeface to a kit, each page viewed on your site will make 1 (one) request to our server. If you have 10 (ten) typefaces in one kit, each page viewed will make 10 (ten) requests to our server.

We will send you an email when you get to within 75% of your current subscription plan.

If you do not upgrade your subscription plan, then the typefaces shown on your website will revert to system defaults or other fonts determined in your CSS font stack.

Your usage resets automatically each month

Any subscription upgrade, downgrade or cancellation takes effect immediately.

FAQ

How to submit a typeface

We would love to hear from you if you have a typeface that you would like us to sell on your behalf. Get in touch.

We need to use a typeface in a game, IOS or Flash application

We can accommodate your request. To save making our generic licence agreements overly daunting we have tailored agreements for most needs. Get in touch and we will sort out a licence that is applicable to you.

Can you host our typeface, so we can use it on our website?

Yes. Get in touch and we will sort it out.

Who manages The Type Foundry?

It is managed and run by Cure Studio, a graphic design agency based in the UK.

Where do you serve your font files used in the kits?

We manage our own dedicated servers hand built and maintained in data centres in Manchester. We run a proper back up of both the working website files and any associated databases. Our primary server has 4 GiB of memory with 2 cores and an AMD Athlon II X2 240e (2.8GHz) processor. We split that across 2 × 500GB discs. As the service grows we have plans to extend this into a clustered server with nodes based at key locations around the globe to ensure we keep latency at a minimium.

What do you do with my personal details

We will, if you have signed up to our mailing list, email you occassionally with interesting news about The Type Foundry. Everything else we use to allow you to manage your account. No more no less.