News ⮞ Font News Archive

This lists older news­items related to fonts.

Note: this doesn’t report all 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 regular (400), bold (700) and either extra-bold (800) or black (900) weights. 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; as ‘good weights’ if they include distinct regular (400), semi-bold (600), and bold (700) weights; as ‘great weights’ if they include distinct regular (400), semi-bold (600), bold (700), and either 800 or 900 weights; as ‘rich weights’ 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 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 restarting the application or restarting Windows.

Font Library Oct 21/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library updated the Aneliza sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, based on IBM Plex Sans, with 7 good weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, and Pieter van Rosmalen.
Microsoft GitHub Oct 15/2018 ✦ GitHub: GitHub has updated versions of IBM’s corporate fonts, IBM Plex Mono, IBM Plex Sans, IBM Plex Sans Condensed, and IBM Plex Serif (each with 7 good weights), and it now has IBM Plex Mono Text, IBM Plex Sans Text, IBM Plex Sans Con­densed Text, and IBM Plex Serif Text (each with 1 medium weight). Sadly, no extra-bold or black weights are available. There are samples of each: MonoSansSans Con­densedSerifMono TextSans TextSans Condensed TextSerif Text. get fonts⮞ Made by IBM.
Font Library Oct 10/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library updated the Acari Sans sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 5 good weights. Note: once again, the version number was not updated. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by Alfredo Marco Pradil and Stefan Peev.
Font Library Oct 4/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library updated the Cheyenne Sans sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, based on Franklin, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by Pablo Impallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida.
Google Sep 26/2018 ✦ Google Fonts: Google posted 6 flexible fonts, all made by the Cad­son Demak foundry: a the squarish Bai Jamjuree sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 6 good weights more⮞sam­ple⮞; b the squarish Chakra Petch sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 5 good weights more⮞sam­ple⮞; c the squarish Fahkwang sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 6 good weights more⮞sam­ple⮞; d the K2D sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 8 great weights more⮞sam­ple⮞; e the Koho humanist sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 6 good weights more⮞sam­ple⮞; and f the Krub sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, with 6 good weights more⮞sam­ple⮞.
Font Library Sep 24/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Dizhitl serif font fa­mi­ly, based on the Kanit font, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by the Cad­son Demak found­ry.
Font Library Sep 20/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library updated the Morrison sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, based on the Franklin typeface, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by Pablo Im­pallari and Rodrigo Fuenzalida.
Font Library Sep 16 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the Avrile Serif serif font fa­mi­ly, a com­panion to the Avrile Sans fa­mi­ly, each with 9 rich weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by the Monotype Design Team.
Font Library Sep 2/2018 ✦ Font Library: Font Library posted the squarish Avrile Sans sans-serif font fa­mi­ly, based on Noto Sans Display, with 9 rich weights. more⮞sam­ple⮞ Made by the Monotype Design Team.
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.
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.
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 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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