FontBooklets Put the Tactile Joy Back into Typeface Selection

FontShop launched its FontBooklet series this year with the mantra that type was meant to be seen on paper. Like smaller, more focused versions of their mother publication, FontBook, FontBooklets are printed specimens that give ample space and tribute to the best fonts for professional typography.

Unlike a typical throw-away catalog, FontBooklets are filled with typefaces chosen by myself and designer Conor Mangat purely on their merits, not as part of any marketing scheme or in response to the latest trend. The specimen text is not filler copy, but actual, readable insight into the background and characteristics of each design. Our hope is that type users will find these guides worthy of a spot near their desk, and that they will find them to be handy, reliable tools that put the tactile joy back into type selection.

FontBooklet No. 1

FontBooklet No. 1

FontBooklet No. 1
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FontBooklet No. 1 was published this summer and covered some of our favorite sans and serif text faces with a handy perforation across the middle so you could pair and compare typefaces.

Unfortunately we are out of copies of this edition, but you can view it online and if there is sufficient demand I’ll bet we can convince someone here at the office to take another trip to the press.

Featured typefaces: Arnhem, FF Clifford, Corpid, FP Dancer, Lisboa Sans, FF Maiola, ITC Mendoza, FF Meta Serif, Pragma, Proxima Nova, FF Quadraat, RePublic, Whitman

FontBooklet No. 2



FontBooklet No. 2
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Now FontBooklet No. 2 is hot off the press with a showcase of size-specific type families. In the era of metal and wood type, fonts were designed for the size at which they were to be used, with subtle variations in weight, contrast, and proportion to make them as legible at 6 pt as they were beautiful at 72 pt.

With the dawn of scalable digital type, any font could be used at any size, and the time-honored mastering process was abandoned. As a result, many designs suffer in this new age of convenience: display fonts are often too ornate or fragile at small sizes; text fonts are clunky and dull when set large.

Fortunately, recent type design has learned from the past, and we are now seeing a return to the practice of optical size mastering. A few type families offer sturdy, readable cuts for text, and showy titling styles for the big stuff — modern technology infused with the wisdom of the originals.

Featured typefaces with size-specific fonts: ITC Bodoni, Borges, Cronos, Eldorado, Farnham, Freight, Garamond Premier, King’s Caslon, Locator, Miller, FF Reminga, Rumba, MVB Sirenne.

How to Order

To get your free copy of FontBooklet No. 2, log in or create an account at and check your subscription settings to make sure the box for “catalogs” is ticked. Please also confirm that we have your current address. German residents, please contact for fulfillment.

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  1. Hello

    I look forward to see the new FontBooklet No. 2

    Posted by Allan Hansen on Nov. 13, 2008
  2. Yea i’m looking forward to Font Booklet 2 as well, the original sits proudly on my bookshelf, my Flickr and blog :P – thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Posted by George Wiscombe (Geenius) on Nov. 13, 2008
  3. positively green with envy, George.

    my bookshelf is bereft sadly

    Posted by David Frame on Nov. 13, 2008
  4. Will you also send it to subscribers in Spain?

    Posted by zahira on Nov. 14, 2008
  5. I’m really looking forward to getting the new FontBooklet No. 2, allthough I haven’t got the first one, unfortunately.

    Posted by Kristine Blesvik on Nov. 14, 2008
  6. ¡Si, Zahira!

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Nov. 14, 2008
  7. Do you ship it to Indonesia?
    I’m already subscribed but I haven’t received any.

    Ah.. I’m sure that I have already ticked, I have checked several times before, but the tick box is unchecked.. oh no..

    Posted by Agus Prayogo on Nov. 15, 2008
  8. Hi Agus. From time to time we reset subscription settings and remind people to update their preferences and contact info so that we’re not sending stuff to dead addresses. I see that you box is indeed ticked now and we’ll get FontBooklet out to you.

    Posted by Stephen Coles on Nov. 15, 2008
  9. All this time I thought my subscription settings where enabled. But now they are, I need this book! :)

    Posted by Robert on Nov. 15, 2008
  10. Having had my settings to include catalogues, I’m mystified why I didn’t get the very first FontBooklet…

    Posted by neil crawford on Nov. 17, 2008
  11. Can u send your booklet to Russia, Saint-Petersburg?

    Posted by Crus on Nov. 17, 2008
  12. Nor did I receive the first one… Everything has been ticked, and still is… I look forward to find anything in my postbox! :) (in Warsaw, Poland)

    Posted by Zosia on Nov. 18, 2008
  13. We’re in the midst of processing our big mailing so many of you will indeed receive our catalogs within the next 2-3 weeks. Thanks for your patience in the meantime.

    For those who are concerned about not receiving FontBooklet No. 1: Please contact us and we will be happy to double check for you.

    Posted by Michael Pieracci on Nov. 18, 2008
  14. When might we expect FontBooklet no. 2 after signing up, and how can we express a desire for the reprinting of no. 1?

    Posted by nosleepingdog on Nov. 20, 2008
  15. Hi nosleepingdog. We typically process mailings about once a month, sometimes sooner. Please contact us directly with your inquiry and we’ll be happy to assist.

    Posted by Michael Pieracci on Nov. 20, 2008
  16. Thank you. I just received the FontBooklet No.2. Besides beautiful, it’s very useful.
    But I’m sad that I lost the FontBooklet No.1. Please, convince someone at the office to take another trip to the press.

    Posted by Marta on Dec. 11, 2008
  17. What a wonderful resource to offer…thank you!

    Please count me among those who would truly appreciate a chance to receive a second printing copy of booklet one if/when available.

    Posted by Matthew Gerber on Dec. 16, 2008
  18. I’ve just received the package) Oh… I’m so happy (i’ve ordered them almost month ago):) Thank you very much, they are as much useful, as they are beautifully designed and printed).

    Posted by Mitya Yarynych on Dec. 22, 2008
  19. I’ve recieved the package(2 FontBooklets). It’s very useful for me. Thank you very much.

    Posted by Wijit Chalermpiroj on Feb. 20, 2009
  20. I’m looking forward to receiving FontBooklet #2, I checked out the online version of #1, very nice, but lacking the ‘Tactile Joy’ (hint, hint) ;-)

    Posted by Michael Risser on Feb. 24, 2009
  21. In which typeface is written Size?


    Posted by Sandro on Apr. 19, 2009
  22. Posted by Yves Peters on Apr. 19, 2009

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