We are incredibly happy to introduce our new website. A new design, a better way to present our typefaces, but most importantly, webfonts are finally available directly on fatype.com! You can now see a proper overview of the styles in a typeface family, side by side, as well as each style in detail on its own page. A type tester is also available on the styles’ page to test your own words. Of course, our free trial packages are still available, so you can continue to test our fonts directly in your designs.
This has been a long time in the making. Our previous website was released in September of 2012. At that time, we were considering it a temporary solution, a sort-of “teaser” for our real, upcoming, website. It was very limited: only one page, with various “pop-up” windows for additional information, previews and webshop, and of course absolutely unresponsive. But more than that, the launch of Fatype coincided with the larger adoption of webfonts, especially through the creation of the WOFF font format. Our webshop was not ready for that, it could only handle one format per font, the standard desktop OTF. That temporary solution lasted for over 3 years, and still, we received nothing but positive feedback. For that, we are very grateful.
A new Licensing System
This website was also the occasion to reflect and rethink our licensing system. Since we started Fatype, the shift towards digital media has been very important. At the same time, print continues to flourish. We observe that these mediums are more and more integrated in a fluid way, designers having to design for both print and web more often than not. Webfonts have been part of that evolution, but they also made font licensing more complicated. Various companies have developped different offers for the web. A few big companies offer annual plans for accessing giant libraries of fonts hosted on their servers. We believe these kind of offers are unfair to designers spending a lot of time designing quality typefaces. On the other hand, most independent foundries sell their web fonts for self-hosting, based on the amount of monthly visitors. Until now, so did we.
But we think there is a better way, simple and fair for both font users and font makers. We have decided to stop separating desktop and web font licensing. Instead, we offer them together in one package: a Desktop+Web license that includes 1 website.
Additionaly, our webfonts are offered with unlimited web traffic. The price is based only on the traffic at the moment the fonts are installed on the server. We call that Initial Web Traffic. Once installed, traffic is unlimited, and there is no need to worry about it anymore.
We think our solution provides great advantages:
This website wouldn’t be here without the massive efforts and patience of Battalion and Andreas Böhrnsen, who took care of the programming. We also have to mention Adrien Benoit, who worked on initial sketches for a new design back in 2012, as well as Selina Bernet who provided some insightful ideas more recently. A big thank you to all of them.
We hope you enjoy our website and our new licensing system. Don’t hesitate to send us your feedback, or to contact us if you have any questions.