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DaltonMaag is one of my favourite font foundries, I have purchased a number of their fonts including Effra, Co Headline and Co Text. Appears I missed the initial Aller font press release about the Aller Standard font, available as a free download.

There are 4 weights available, Aller Light, Aller, Aller Bold and Aller Display. The first 3 come with italics, whilst Display is on its own. Not bad at all for a free font, who am I kidding, this is an awesome move by DaltonMaag.

Download Aller Standard direct from DaltonMaag.

Surfed upon this rather scrummy type foundry, named Fontsmith. My search for new fonts is an endless and a time consuming task. When I come across a 'new to me' type foundry, I get all excited you see. If said type foundry website is also lush to look at and use, then all the better. So far, this has to be the sweetest font foundry website, it just oozes pixel beauty.

But of course, it's not just about the website, that would be quite shallow of me. The selection of fonts on FontSmith are rather super-super.

About FontSmith

FontSmith is a leading London based type design studio founded in 1999 by Jason Smith. The studio consists of a team dedicated to designing and developing high quality typefaces for both independent release as well as bespoke fonts for international clients. Jason Smith is the founder of Fontsmith, with a background in hand lettering and calligraphy. His work has a distinct quality that combines warmth and modernity with an intense eye for finely crafted letter-forms.

The team at FontSmith is thus : Jason Smith, Emanuela Conidi, Fernando Mello,  Phil Garnham & Mitja Miklavčič

Font Selection

As the image above shows, there is a nice selection of fonts to look, check, test and purchase. There are a number of fonts here that I am certainly interested in buying for forthcoming logo projects. These are certainly premium typefaces, single weights starting at £80. I would usually purchase single weights needed for the project in hand, rather than the entire family. A few of the fonts available are below.

Browsing fonts

The user experience is just an awesome. Three main tabs are available when browsing individual fonts, 'Browse Fonts', 'Font Details' and 'Test Drive'. Everything is so clear and all to hand, and I love the light on dark colour scheme when used in this manor.

Test Fonts

The 'Test Fonts' is particular wonderful. You type direct within the window, as shown below. Choosing any of the weights available and adjust Font Size as well as print out the results. The neat part of this is you can then 'compare' fonts, so by choosing another font you get another window where you can type more text. It seems you can have as many fonts open in this way as you want.

Overall, FontSmith is definitely worth adding to your font foundry bookmarks. Although the £80 a weight is a little steep compared to many other type foundries, the benefits of choosing premium fonts for certain projects can be well worth the investment.

A clean selection of typefaces from the Stereotypes foundry, St Mika font being a favourite of mine. With a couple of freebie faces available from Dafont, namely St Booka Shade, St Transmission and St Substance.

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St Transmission, although commercial, has a few weights, Thin and ExtraBold, available for free via MyFonts. Inorder to download these free fonts you need to add them to your cart and proceed as if you were buying them. You then get a down link link once the transaction is complete.

The commercial fonts are available from MyFonts and they have a couple of 'work in progress' fonts due for release which look really nice.

These include a nice blocky display font called St Shadowplay, and an interesting sans called Fridge.

It's a German site without English translation, but it's easy to navigate. They have a blog as well, but that could be more of a problem if you don't speak English. My German is poor.

Commercial Type is a joint venture between Paul Barnes and Christian Schwartz, and they forthwith present a brand spanking new font foundry. This is the team behind the redesign of The Guardian newspaper identity.

So a pretty mad collection of quality typefaces can be found here. Love the site design, the way the fonts are displayed. Great stuff.