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Xiaomi Chooses Proxima Nova WebFont License From YouWorkForThem

Beijing-based electronics company Xiaomi is the world’s fifth-largest smartphone manufacturer, also selling mobile apps and related consumer electronics. When they sought to re-design all of their corporate websites based around a WebFont, they chose the ever-popular Proxima Nova, from designer Mark Simonson. Working quickly to meet Xiaomi’s tight project deadline, YouWorkForThem assisted their project management…


What is a WebFont

In the early days of the web, browsers were limited to a certain set of fonts. Even today, the list is short: Arial, Book Antique, Comic Sans, Courier New, Geneva, Georgia, Helvetica, Impact, Lucida Grande, Lucida Sans Unicode, Palatino Linotype, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Times, Trebuchet and Verdana. Fortunately, the advent of WebFonts and their…


The Basicons Collection + Free update!

Last year, we released five different sets of themed illustrations called “YWFT Basicons.” These five sets of vector designs were entitled “Business,” “Cafe,” “Emoji,” “Hands” and “Web Design,” and they were very helpful in a variety of design situations (and they were very popular). Well hold onto your hat emoji, because they are now available as…


The legacy of Hermann Zapf's URW Grotesk: A Must-Have Classic

URW Grotesk was designed by Hermann Zapf (pronounced “dzahff”) in 1985 for URW, currently headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. Born on November 8, 1918 in Nuremberg, Germany, three days before the end of World War I and right in the middle of the Spanish Flu Pandemic that plagued Europe, Hermann Zapf’s early life was extremely turbulent, to…


The Art & History of the P22 Type Foundry

P22 Type Foundry is truly a gem in YouWorkForThem’s catalog of impressive foundries. P22 has won dozens of awards–once winning 11 in a single year–and maintains partnerships with over a dozen museums including The Guggenheim, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and other world-famous museums and galleries. What makes P22’s work so fascinating…


When Design Meets Ambition: Ryoichi Tsunekawa

Ryoichi Tsunekawa was born in Nagoya, Japan in 1978. As a child, he was fascinated by the mechanics of design and abstract art, both of which inspired him to major in Architecture when he attended university as a young adult. Soon after receiving his Master of Arts degree, Ryoichi found steady employment as an engineer and…


Exo Soft - Rounded, yet serious.

Exo Soft is rounded all around, but it means business when it comes to legibility. This geometric type design is slightly organic, but with carefully crafted edges. Designed by NDISCOVERED in 2015, Exo Soft contains extended language support (both in Latin and Cyrillic) and comes loaded with a great set of Opentype features. The 9 weights plus corresponding italics also give…


YouWorkForThem WebFonts: Pay Once, Play Forever.

At YouWorkForThem, we think the dominant subscription-based model of WebFonts is nothing short of highway robbery. The Fontopoly charges a monthly fee for the use of the WebFonts they resell–all while refusing to give their customers access to the font files themselves! Instead, they host the files on their own servers, which you must reference in your…


Proxima Nova – The Greatest of the Helvetica Killers

Designer Mark Simonson revamped and expanded upon his six original Proxima Sans designs to create the insanely popular Proxima Nova font collection that designers around the world know and love today. With clean, modern lines and easy legibility even at very small point sizes, it’s no wonder that Proxima Nova is highly sought after, and…

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