By Jennifer Farley

More Web Font Options with

By Jennifer Farley

As you’re probably aware, services such as Typekit and Google Font Preview offer web designers more flexibility and options for web typography. Web safe fonts are slowly becoming a thing of the past. is another new service offering “better type for better websites.” Webtype’s palette of fonts are created specifically for the web and their fonts are prepared with a specific target size in mind.


With previous flash-based or image replacement of font faces, there has been a tendency to change only the headings and sub-headings while leaving the main body text in a “web safe” font. Roger Black, type designer said:

Webtype is the first service that offers web fonts tuned for reading at small sizes while at the same time providing web designers with an interesting choice of typefaces

You can browse fonts by category (Serif, Sans Serif, Script, Decorative, Sign & Symbol) or by Intended use (Small Paragraphs, Medium Subheads, Large Headlines). To implement Webtype fonts, you copy a chunk of HTML which is provided when you choose your font, then paste it into your HTML. Once it’s pasted in you can specify the font in your website’s CSS.

All Webtype fonts can be tested free for 30 days. You can see the full set of plans here, but to give you an idea of the range of prices, a personal plan (for a blogger, for example) which offers 1GB of bandwidth per month for up to 30 thousand unique visitors costs from $10 per year. A Business plan for sites with heavy traffic offers 18 GB bandwidth per month for up to 600 thousand visitors per month costs from $100/year. Those prices are for individual Webtype fonts rather than a whole library of fonts.

Webtype is a collaboration of several experts in the field of type and technology,and includes Font Bureau, Ascender, Roger Black, Petr Van Blokland, and DevBridge.

  • Ahhhh! A image with lots of text in it (in fact nothing other then text) and it got saved as a jpeg. And it looks awful because of the effects on the lossy encoding. I thought anyone writing for would know that by now??

  • neonWired

    Good luck justifying those ridiculous costs to clients.

    • XLCowBoy

      Well, we just paid for the entire FF Yoga family, web and non-web. But we selected it as part of the company’s brand image, so it’s intended to be used extensively on both offline and online formats.

      It really depends on how serious you are with your brand.

  • SilentAssassin

    After getting a degree in graphic design, I find that web type lacks so much. I need to utilize these tools a lot more. And I suppose that after I get a good job, I won’t mind paying for them.

    I just wish there was a way browsers could show whatever font you want at any time without being an image. Someday, it’ll be possible. And the typeophiles are gonna have a conniption fit. :)

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