Fresh new batch of Hallmark fonts now available!

Hallmark Header
We're proud to announce a fresh set of new fonts from the Hallmark™ Design Collection . This expanding collection contains a vibrant range of script and display fonts. These new releases showcase some exciting styles that offer distinctive ways to enhance your headlines. All Hallmark fonts are available for instant download in TrueType® and OpenType® formats, and also for use as Web Fonts !

Fultoon HMK font
The Fultoon™ HMK font is an energetic, quirky script typeface from Hallmark. Fultoon has a fun handwritten style with the appearance of ink blobs. Its uneven strokes creates a sense of excitement and joyful energy.

Baa Book HMK font
The Baa Book™ HMK font family is a clever set of fonts that comes in regular and bold weights. Baa Book HMK has a youthful appearance with sprightly letterforms. Its hand lettering style is great for everything from scrapbooks to greeting cards.

Sandy HMK font
The Sandy Text™ HMK typeface family is a fresh, graceful design from the talented lettering artists at Hallmark Cards. Sandy Text HMK is a casual script with an engaging, flowing handwriting style. It comes in both regular and bold weights for added flexibility and contrast.

Twizot HMK font
The Twizot™ HMK font is an engaging, alternative roman font with a unique, organic lettering style. Twizot HMK has a has an uneven baseline that gives it plenty of energy and bouncy letterforms that make it a fun font to work with.

All these new Hallmark Design Collection fonts are available now at AscenderFonts.com and as web fonts at FontsLive.com

Web Fonts in Action

We just released a new tool on our FontsLive website that lets you see what a website looks like in different fonts: Web Fonts in Action

This tool uses some fancy programming behind the scenes (custom CSS, JavaScript and HTML manipulation), so you can change the fonts used in a website, and instantly preview the results.

With Web Fonts in Action you simply enter the URL of your choice, select a heading and body font from our extensive catalog and instantly see your website displayed in different fonts.


Web Fonts in Action has some exciting features created for us by the talented web development team at DevBridge. For example, we provide a visual preview of each font and filtering by style, language and foundry, make finding the right font easy. Because Web Fonts in Action works on all modern browsers, including Internet Explorer, you can see how your web fonts will render across multiple browser types. After you find the right font combination for your website, you can add them to your cart and checkout in just a few clicks. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!

Top 10 Innovative Fonts of 2010

As we we welcome in the new year we wanted to acknowledge the craftsmanship, technical skills and creativity that can be found in so many wonderful fonts introduced in 2010 by our type designer and font foundry partners.

While it is easy to compile a 'top 10' list based on sales or downloads, we thought it would be better to highlight what we feel are the most innovative fonts from 2010 available at AscenderFonts. We hope you find inspiration in this list and welcome your comments at the AscenderFonts.com blog !

Top 10 Innovative Fonts of 2010:
Hallmark Design Collection by Hallmark Cards
St Ryde by Sascha Timplan
Rebus Script by Terrance Weinzierl and Steve Matteson
Wagner Grotesk by Johannes Wagner and Canada Type
Yana by Laura Worthington
Alegria by Ricardo Esteves Gomes
Museo Slab by Jos Buivenga
Coming Together - Font Aid IV font
Ford's Folly by Jim Ford
Webfonts


Hallmark Design Collection by Hallmark Cards

Hallmark fonts

2010 saw the introduction of a delightful range of typefaces created by the talented lettering artists and designers at Hallmark. This wonderful font collection was influenced by art, fashion and popular culture, and was originally intended for proprietary use in greeting cards, framed sentiments and other forms of social expression. Hallmark fonts can bring just the right personal touch to any kind of creative project.

St Ryde by Sascha Timplan

St Ryde font

The St Ryde™ design is a refreshing humanistic sans serif family by Sacha Timplan of Germany-based Stereotypes. St Ryde breaks new ground with its slight touch of a script typeface. The complete St Ryde font family comes with five weights with small caps, old style figures and other desirable OpenType® features.

Rebus Script by Terrance Weinzierl and Steve Matteson

Rebus Script

The Rebus Script™ font uses advanced OpenType features to create rebus puzzles by automatically replacing certain words or syllables with pictures. Rebus Script was developed by Terrance Weinzierl and is based on the Louisville Script™ handwriting font designed by Steve Matteson. To use Rebus Script you simply type a word like 'sun' or 'son' and those letters are automatically replaced by a picture of the sun. There are over 70 pictorial symbols in Rebus Script that make up the 'vocabulary' for automatic substitution, based on more than 300 different syllable/word combinations in the English language.

Wagner Grotesk by Johannes Wagner and Canada Type

Wagner Grotesk

This is the elaborate digital version of the original 1914 typeface by Johannes Wagner, which was later adopted by European and American type foundries. The Wagner Grotesk™ typeface is an extraordinarily versatile and functional headline face with biform letters and small caps. It is bold, condensed, clear and legible, and is good for cramming information into tight spaces To address the widest audience, Canada Type developed both regular and Pro versions (for users with OpenType-savvy applications).

Yana by Laura Worthington

Yana

The stylish Yana™ headline serif family is a remarkably versatile typeface by Laura Worthington. It features a delicious assortment of swash and small cap options that can be used from simple to complex styling. Its letters have both classic and modern touches, with a friendly formality that allow it to adorn everything from headlines to logos.

Alegria by Ricardo Esteves Gomes

Alegria

The new Alegria™ font family was designed by Ricardo Esteves Gomes of Outras Fontes in Brazil. Alegria is an inspired set of fonts with a variety of special options and character sets to create multidimensional and colorful effects. The Alegria family consists of Alegria Roman, Alegria Caps, Alegria Bright and Alegria Fill.

Museo Slab by Jos Buivenga

Museo Slab

The popular Museo™ family received a big boost in 2010 with the introduction of Museo Slab. Designed by Jos Buivenga of exljbris Font Foundry, it is a robust slab serif with Museo's approachability. This powerhouse font family contains six weights with italics. Each font contains approximately 455 glyphs with extensive OpenType features including ligatures, fractions and figure styles.

Coming Together - Font Aid IV font

Coming Together

Coming Together is a special font containing over 400 ampersands contributed by almost 400 different type designers from 37 countries around the globe. The Font Aid IV Project is a charitable endeavor organized by the Socitety of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA). All money raised from the sale of the Coming Together font is donated to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to help the people of Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. Why ampersands? Because they can be used as a graphical element to add panache, elegance and dimension to a design or document.

Ford's Folly by Jim Ford

Ford's Folly

The lively and sophisticated Ford's Folly™ script font captures the spirit of the designer's handwriting using a Sharpie® extra fine felt pen. Designed by Jim Ford, this casual font evokes an energetic feeling and has very legible letterforms without quirky distractions. It features a massive multilingual character set and advanced typographic features for use with OpenType-savvy applications.

Webfonts

web fonts

The year 2010 will probably best be remembered for when Web fonts saw adoption by more than 95 percent of the Web browser applications on desktop computers. New Web font services such as Fonts.com Web Fonts ,  the FontsLive ™ service and Webtype ™ are quickly bringing high-quality commercial fonts to Web designers and developers to use with CSS @font-face. Web fonts allow websites to stop using graphics to display custom fonts in headlines, and instead link to real fonts so the text is accessible, scalable and searchable.