Monotype Partners with Google to Offer New Design Tool To Web Font Customers
Monotype Integrates Free Public Version of its Typecast Design Tool with
Google Fonts’ Website to Help Designers Create Beautiful, Readable Web Content
WOBURN, Mass. -- October 31, 2013
Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: TYPE), a leading provider of
typefaces, technology and expertise for creative applications and consumer
devices, has teamed up with Google to encourage creative experimentation in
Web design. A new, free public version of Monotype’s Typecast™ application can
now be accessed through Google Fonts, helping users to create better quality
“Great design starts with exceptional typography, and easy access to type is
essential for creative expression,” said Chris Roberts, vice president and
general manager of Monotype’s e-commerce group. “Our goal is to make designing
with Web fonts more accessible to everyone. So we've partnered with Google to
reach out to more designers. Those who currently rely on Google’s library of
free typefaces to bring more varied typography to the Web will now be able to
work with those typefaces more easily and create stunning, readable
compositions in a fraction of the time.”
“Choosing a typeface in isolation, without the context of content or other
text, is a difficult task,” said Filip Zembowicz, product manager at Google.
“The Typecast design tool makes it easy to try out and experiment with font
pairings from the Google Fonts directory.”
The award-winning, premium version of the Typecast application enables
typographic experimentation without the need to hand code or use expensive
design software. In this new public version, users are able to select any font
on the Google Fonts website and then follow the link to the Typecast
application. From there, designers can work with that font (and the complete
Google Fonts library) on text of any length and use a wide range of type
controls to build clear, readable type systems through adjustments such as
font size, weight and line spacing. Designers can also work with Web fonts
side-by-side to quickly see at a glance what’s working and what’s not. Users
are able to create more realistic compositions with floats, clears, margins,
and padding controls, and a number of effects are available such as background
colors, borders and text shadows. In this free version of the Typecast
application, a user’s work can be exported as production-ready HTML and CSS,
or PNG files, to share with others or merge with comps.
“I’m delighted that fans of Google Fonts are now able to use this new, free
version of the Typecast application,” said Paul McKeever, director of
Typecast. “Google’s service is incredibly popular, and many designers’ first
experience with Web fonts is made possible through their free library. In our
drive to encourage more use of Web fonts online and offer a new way to access
the Typecast application, Google Fonts is the ideal partner. We hope that our
free public version will foster more type lovers and over time cultivate more
typography advocates. We think that’s good for the Web, clients, readers and
Monotype’s premium version of its Typecast application starts at $29 per
month. Google users can upgrade at any time to take full advantage of the
thousands of other typefaces available in the app, including fonts from
Fonts.com Web Fonts, Typekit, Webtype and Fontdeck. The premium version also
allows users to save their work, publish designs to a URL for sharing and
testing on devices, and create a style guide for projects with just one click.
Further information about the Typecast application and Google Fonts is
available at http://typecast.com/google-fonts.
About the Typecast application
With the Typecast application, designers are able to combine, compare and
style Web fonts quickly without performing screen captures in third-party
applications or through hand coding. Users are able to visually style text
directly within the browser, which offers more scope for creative
experimentation, better typographic control and a simplified workflow.
The Typecast application is the recipient of the 2013 “Game Changer of the
Year” award from .net magazine.
Monotype is a leading global provider of typefaces, technology and expertise
that enable the best user experience and ensure brand integrity. Based in
Woburn, Mass., Monotype provides customers worldwide with typeface solutions
for a broad range of creative applications and consumer devices. The company’s
libraries and e-commerce sites are home to many of the most widely used
typefaces – including the Helvetica®, Frutiger® and Univers® families – as
well as the next generation of type designs. Further information is available
Monotype, Helvetica and Frutiger are trademarks of Monotype Imaging Inc.
registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be registered in
certain jurisdictions. Typecast is a trademark of Monotype Imaging Inc.
Univers is a trademark of Monotype GmbH registered in the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. OpenType is
either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S.
and/or other countries. Typekit is either a registered trademark or trademark
of Adobe Systems Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Webtype is a
trademark of Webtype LLC and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
Fontdeck is a registered trademark of Clearleft Ltd. Google is a registered
trademark of Google Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their
respective owners. © 2013 Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. All rights reserved.
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available:
Vikki Quick, 781-970-6115
Victoria Morrison, 44 (0) 20 3301 5344
Vera Faller, (0) 89 / 41 95 99 15
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.