News ⮞ Font News Archive

This lists older news items related to fonts.

Note: this doesn’t report all new fonts from the various font sources; this only lists free fonts which are especially flexible, e.g. monospace fonts which can be used by coders, and fonts which can be used for either header or body text which come in a good set of weights. Monospace fonts for coders should come in at least the re­gular (400) weight. Header fonts should come in at least bold (700) and black (900) weights, and preferably extra-bold (800) too. Body fonts should come in at least regular (400), semi-bold (600), and bold (700) weights.

Note: weights are listed as ‘basic weights’ if they include distinct regular (400) and bold (700) weights; they are listed as ‘good weights’ if they include distinct regular (400), semi-bold (600), and bold (700) weights; they are listed as ‘great weights’ if they include distinct regular (400), semi-bold (600), bold (700), and either 800 or 900 weights; they are listed as ‘rich’ if they include nine distinct weights.

Note: for more recent news, see the News page; for older 2017 news unrelated to fonts, see News ⮞ 2017 News Archive; for 1998–2016 news items unrelated to fonts, see the News ⮞ 1998–2016 News Archive.

Note: with Windows it is sufficient to install most fonts by simply copying the font files to the font folder; some applica­tions, however, will only recognize new fonts after a Windows restart.

Font Awesome Aug 28/2018 ✦ Font Awesome 5.3.1: Font Awesome 5 was updated; users should up­date. more⮞get it⮞ Made by Dave Gandy.
Font Library Aug 11/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Morrison sans-serif font family, based on Franklin Gothic, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Pablo Im­pal­lari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida, modified by Dan O. Williams.
Font Library Aug 9/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Gothic A1 sans-serif font family, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by HanYang I&C Co.
Behance Jul 30/2018 ✦ Bēhance: Bēhance posted the Objectivity sans-serif font family, with 8 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Alex Slobzheninov.
Behance Jul 30 ✦ Bēhance: Bēhance posted the Subjectivity sans-serif font family, and the Subjectivity Serif serif font family, each with 8 great weights. more⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Alex Slobzheninov.
Font Library Jul 25/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Aneliza sans-serif font family, based on IBM Plex Sans, with 8 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, and Pieter van Rosmalen.
Unicode Consortium Jul 13/2018 ✦ Unicode 11.0: the Unicode Consortium has published the Unicode 11 core specification in a pair of paperbacks. more⮞
Font Squirrel Jul 5/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Manrope sans-serif font family, with 6 good weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Michael Sharanda.
Font Library Jun 25/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the squarish Ezarion sans-serif font family, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Natanael Gama.
Google Jun 20/2018 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the Markazi Text serif font family, with 4 good weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Borna Izadpanah, Fiona Ross, and Florian Runge.
Unicode Consortium Jun 5/2018 ✦ Unicode 11.0.0: the Unicode Consortium published the Unicode 11 Standard. emoji⮞more⮞
Font Squirrel May 18/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Fivo Sans sans-serif font family, with 7 good weights, but sadly lacking a semi-bold weight. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Alex Slobzheninov.
Font Library May 2/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the squarish Square Grotesk sans-serif font family, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Natanael Gama.
Font Library Apr 5/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Acari Sans sans-serif font family, with 5 good weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Alfredo Marco Pradil and Stefan Peev.
Google Mar 14/2018 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the IBM Plex Mono, IBM Plex Sans, IBM Plex Sans Condensed, and IBM Plex Serif monospace, sans-serif, and serif font families, each with 7 good weights, though sadly lacking the extra-bold (800) and black (900) weights; these are said to be IBM’s new corporate fonts. more⮞ Made by IBM.
Font Squirrel Mar 13/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Post No Bills Colombo sans-serif stencil font family, with 6 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by mooniak.
W3C Mar 1/2018 ✦ WOFF 2.0: the W3C issued the WOFF File Format 2.0 Recommendation. read it⮞
Font Squirrel Feb 21/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the v1.01 Selawik sans-serif font family, with 5 good weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Microsoft, designed as an open source replacement for Segoe UI, though Selawik lacks Segoe UI’s black (900) weight.
Font Squirrel Feb 2/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Assistant Hebrew sans-serif font family, with 6 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Ben Nathan. Designed to complement the great Source Sans Pro family.
Google Design Jan 25/2018 ✦ Google Design: Google Design issued a guide on choosing web fonts. read it⮞
Font Squirrel Jan 17/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the D-DIN sans-serif signage font family, with 2 basic weights and 3 widths. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Datto.
Font Squirrel Jan 16/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Space Text sans-serif font family, with 5 good weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Florian Karsten.
Font Squirrel Jan 1/2018 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the geometric Spartan MB sans-serif font family, with 7 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Matt Bailey.
Font Squirrel Dec 22/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted an update to the Mukta sans-serif font family, with 7 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Ek Type, which offers additional fonts, some free, some for-pay.
Font Squirrel Dec 20/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted an update to the Heebo sans-serif font family, with 7 weights, adapted from Roboto: a great header font, but merely a basic body font. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Meir Sadan.
Font Fabric Dec 7/2017 ✦ Font Fabric: Font Fabric posted the Vision sans-serif font family, with 6 weights: a great header font, but merely a basic body font more⮞sample⮞ Made by Daniel Iglesias, who offers more free fonts.
Font Squirrel Nov 17/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Spectral SC small caps serif font family, with 7 great weights, augmenting the existing Spectral family, also with 7 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Production Type.
The League of Moveable Type Nov 14/2017 ✦ The League of Moveable Type: the league posted the League Mono monospace family, with 8 rich weights, which could be a coder’s font; Note: oddly, Windows does not recognize this font family as monospace. more⮞sample⮞ Made by The League of Moveable Type, which offers additional free fonts.
Font Squirrel Nov 10/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Yantramanav sans-serif font family, with 6 good weights more⮞sample⮞ Made by Erin McLaughlin.
GoogleFont Squirrel Nov 7/2017 ✦ Google Fonts and Font Squirrel: Google and Font Squirrel posted the Barlow sans-serif font family, an extended family with 9 rich weights and 3 full widths. details⮞more⮞more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by a team led by Jeremy Tribby.
Google Nov 7/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the Spectral SC small caps serif font family, with 7 great weights, augmenting the existing Spectral family, also with 7 great weights. details⮞more⮞ Made by Production Type.
Google Nov 7/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the Vollkorn SC small caps serif font family, with 4 great weights, augmenting the existing Vollkorn family, also with 4 great weights. details⮞more⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Friedrich Althausen.
Font Squirrel Oct 26/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the IBM Plex Mono, IBM Plex Sans, and IBM Plex Serif monospace, sans-serif, and serif font families, each with 7 good weights, though sadly lacking the extra-bold (800) and black (900) weights; these are said to be IBM’s new corporate fonts. more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by IBM.
Google Fonts Oct 25/2017 ✦ Google Noto Fonts: Google posted the Noto Sans sans-serif font family, now a very rich family with 9 weights in 4 widths; users should up­date. sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ get it⮞
Google Fonts Oct 25/2017 ✦ Google Noto Fonts: Google posted the Noto Sans Display sans-serif font family, a very rich family with 9 weights in 4 widths. sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ get it⮞
Google Fonts Oct 25/2017 ✦ Google Noto Fonts: Google posted the Noto Serif serif font family, now a very rich family with 9 weights in 4 widths; users should up­date. sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞get it⮞
Google Fonts Oct 25/2017 ✦ Google Noto Fonts: Google posted the Noto Serif Display serif font family, a very rich family with 9 weights in 4 widths. sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞get it⮞
Font Squirrel Sep 21/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Arima Koshi sans-serif font family, with 7 rich weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by NDISCOVER.
Font Squirrel Sep 21/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Arima Madurai sans-serif font family, with 8 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by NDISCOVER.
Google Aug 31/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted 6 barcode fonts, useful in specialized applications. details⮞ The barcode fonts were made by Lasse Fister.
Font Squirrel Aug 15/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Archivo sans-serif family, with four weights, augmenting the existing Archivo Black and Archivo Narrow families, creating an extended Arial-like family with a good set of widths and weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Font Squirrel Aug 15/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Asap Condensed sans-serif family, augmenting the existing Asap family, creating an extended family with a basic set of widths and weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Font Squirrel Aug 15/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Manuale serif family, with 4 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Font Squirrel Aug 9/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the Faustina serif family, with 4 great weights. more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Font Squirrel Aug 7/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the squarish Saira sans-serif font family, an extended family with 9 rich weights and 4 full widths. more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Google Aug 3/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the Archivo sans-serif font family, with four weights, augmenting the existing Archivo Black and Archivo Narrow families, creating an extended Arial-like family with a good set of widths and weights. details⮞more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Google Aug 3/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the Asap Condensed sans-serif family, augmenting the existing Asap family, creating an extended family with a basic set of widths and weights. details⮞more⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Google Aug 3/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted the squarish Saira sans-serif font family, an extended family with 9 rich weights and 4 full widths. details⮞more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Omnibus Type, which makes additional free fonts.
GoogleFont Squirrel Jun 14/2017 ✦ Google Fonts and Font Squirrel: Google and Font Squirrel posted the Spectral serif font family, with 7 great weights. details⮞more⮞more⮞sample⮞ Made by Production Type.
Font Squirrel Apr 1/2017 ✦ Font Squirrel: Font Squirrel posted the existing Encode Sans sans-serif font family, creating an extended family with 9 rich weights and 5 full widths. more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Impallari Type, which makes additional free fonts.
Google Jan 30/2017 ✦ Google Fonts: Google updated the existing Encode Sans sans-serif font family, creating an extended family with 9 rich weights and 5 full widths. details⮞more⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞sample⮞ Made by Impallari Type, which makes additional free fonts.
C|net Jan 29/2014 ✦ Fonts: c|net has news about an upcoming standard for multicolour fonts. read it⮞
Monotype’s Fonts.com Sep 14/2010 ✦ Web Fonts: Monotype is offering a service with nearly 8,000 downloadable web fonts for use in web pages; there is a charge for most. more⮞learn more⮞
W3C Sep 9/2010 ✦ New Resources About Character Encodings: the W3C issued 6 new articles regarding character encoding, and updated 5 more articles. find them⮞
Google May 20/2010 ✦ Google Open Source Fonts: Google posted 18 open source embeddable fonts.
W3C Apr 1/2010 ✦ XML Entity Definitions for Characters: the W3C released this definitive document of XML entities. read it⮞
W3C May 16/2007 ✦ Unicode: the W3C updated the Technical Note "Unicode in XML and other Markup Languages" for the Unicode 5.0 standard. read it⮞
Microsoft software May 2/2007 ✦ Core Web Fonts: Microsoft updated some core fonts — Arial, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, and Verdana — adding 6 Romanian and Bulgarian characters. Users should update.more⮞
Microsoft WEFT Feb 25/2003 ✦ WEFT 3.2: Microsoft updated its tool for embedding fonts in web pages.
Microsoft software Sep 14/2002 ✦ Core Web Fonts // Mac: Microsoft updated 2 Mac fonts, Arial and Times New Roman. Users should get it.
Microsoft software Aug 12/2002 ✦ Core Web Fonts R.I.P.: Microsoft yanked its popular Windows and Mac web fonts from its typography site, now offering the fonts only in Microsoft products.
Euro Currency Jan 1/2002 ✦ Euro Currency: Microsoft has a site telling how to adapt its products to the new Euro currency. more⮞ Note that the Euro character is now in all of Microsoft’s recently updated core web fonts: users should upgrade.

 

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