Valentype | Testify and Win The FontFont or OurType Font You Love!

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News | Yves Peters | February 5, 2009

If you know what it’s like to passionately love a typeface, here’s a golden opportunity. Declare your love for a FontFont or OurType font and you could win an official single license to four (4) weights in OpenType* format of that typeface (for example Regular, Italic, Bold, Black). This love declaration can take any form you like: a poem, an image, a short text, whatever you feel like creating. Accepted languages for text entries are English, Dutch, French, and German. Just make sure that we don’t have to do anything to post your entry in the gallery which will be appended to this post (see technical details below).
(*) If your preferred font is not available in OpenType format you can choose between PostScript Type 1 en TrueType.
The contest starts now and ends next Saturday February 14th at midnight GMT. But there is one catch – we want at least fifty (50) submissions or the contest is void, annulled, nihil, zilch, nada. Fortunately you can enter up to three (3) submissions, so in theory if twenty very motivated people compete we’re more than good.
See last year’s gallery on Unzipped.

The contest is open to anyone: amateurs, students and professionals alike, men and women, straight and gay, all races, all religions, no restrictions, no boundaries. So get busy in the name of love! Last year you had a little under 48 hours; now with more than a week I don’t want to hear anyone complain. I expect submissions of the highest quality. ;)
:: IMPORTANT :: Residents of The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg go over to Unzipped!

She Held My Heart in Her Hands by Frederick Bass · FF Pitu


  • Send us an e-mail with “Valentype” and the name of the FontFont or ourType font in the subject line. This is crucial because we filter incoming e-mails: no Valentype in the subject line means we won’t see your submission. Include your name and full postal address in the message and your love declaration in attachment.
  • Poems or short texts must be saved as text or MS Word format.
  • Typographic art or design must be saved for web (Save for Web… command in Adobe Photoshop) as a High Quality JPEG (no progressive JPEG!), PNG, or GIF RGB image, measuring exactly 500 pixels wide and minimum 100 to maximum 500 pixels high.
  • The file name must read “YourFullName_FontName” (plus the file extension of course). Substitute “YourFullName” with your actual name (no spaces) and “FontName” with the name of the FontFont or OurType font you covet.


As evaluating and posting the entries is a hell of a lot of work:

  • We will not accept submissions for fonts not included in the FontFont or OurType libraries.
  • You can however design your submission with any typeface you like.
  • We will not accept submissions of the wrong dimensions.
  • We will not accept submissions that don’t conform to the naming rules.

Header image: Hooters and Hounds by Kimm Saatvedt · Typeface: FF Ginger

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  1. yves, fantastic contest. thank you so much. one paradox though. if i already have the fontfont i love, the prize may be of little consequence. and if i don’t have one yet, how would i use it in my entry?
    ps: email id for submission, please?

    Posted by k on Feb. 6, 2009
  2. I have the same questions posted ky K: if i already have the fontfont i love, the prize is worthless. and if i don’t have, how would i use it in my entry?

    Posted by Eliane Stephan on Feb. 6, 2009
  3. Last year most people used the sample setter on One of the best entries was literally that and used the concept to great effect. You can take a screenshot or CTRL-click the image produced by the system and download it to your hard drive. Then open it in Photoshop. You can either use the image of the type in the program itself, or turn the background transparent and change the colour of the letters, and import it into Illustrator or Indesign, or another lay-out program of your choice.

    Other submissions simply used other typefaces — it doesn’t say that you have to use the FontFont itself to produce your design. In fact the first entry is already in and is set in Georgia.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 6, 2009
  4. Oh, darnit, now I see what caused the confusion! Sorry, my bad, I worded my instructions badly. When I say “we will not accept submissions for fonts not included in the FontFont Library” it means your love declaration needs to be for a FontFont. You can however use any typeface to actually design your piece.

    My apologies again for the mix-up.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 6, 2009
  5. Hé Yves, OurType would like to participate by also giving away 4 styles of an OurType family away if anyone in this universum declares his/her love to one of the OurType fonts.
    Is this possible ? And maybe some other foundries would like to participate also ?

    Posted by Rudy on Feb. 6, 2009
  6. Well, let’s check with the other foundries. This might complicate matters – will those be separate contests, with a winner for each one? I will keep everyone posted.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 6, 2009
  7. During my life I played around with Arial, however, I eventually had to make ends and cut. She was so straight-laced. I had a long term fascination with Maxine or as some know her, Max. She was a bit stiff so I broke from her and met Magna. She was into the grunge and heavy drinking so I had to part with her as well. It wasn’t until Stewf made the formal introduction to Ginger that I felt those butterflies, that energy, that something. Many months have passed and while I still am quite fond of ole Ginger, I just know I can never love a typeface. I have returned to the cold, metallic touch of a human. Boo Hoo.

    Posted by Skeletor on Feb. 7, 2009
  8. Hey Skeletor, is your comment an entry? Please send it to me in an e-mail, together with your name and address.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 9, 2009
  9. If anyone wonders why Valentype is only FontFonts (for now): although the four fonts are given away, the designer does get the royalties, just like with any regular sale. This system has been worked out with FontFont, but if other foundries agree to do the same they can join the contest.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 9, 2009
  10. Not sure to get it: does everybody participating get the fonts, or only some winners? What if i send 3 submissions?

    Posted by YB on Feb. 11, 2009
  11. So, just to get it straight: only fonts with “FF” right on the name, correct? Which leaves out, for instance, Fedra or Leitura. Right? Brainstorming… :P

    Posted by Ruben David Marques on Feb. 11, 2009
  12. @YB Everybody? That would hardly be a contest, no? :D No, only the best entry. If you send in three entries you simply multiply your chances by three.

    @Ruben As you can read in the follow-up post both FontFonts and OurType fonts are eligible. I haven’t heard anything from Typopthèque nor DSType yet.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 11, 2009
  13. Yes it wouldn’t really be a contest but the terms are quite unclear about that: “Declare your love for a FontFont (only FontFonts apply!) and win an official single license to four (4) weights in OpenType* format of that FontFont”.
    I think it should look like “… and GET A CHANCE TO win an official…”
    I can’t find anything specifying how many people would win… i think it is important to specify that only the best entry will win.

    Posted by YB on Feb. 11, 2009
  14. You are right — I will adapt the call for entries. I have to add OurType anyway.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 11, 2009
  15. Dear Yves!

    Does the »three submissions limit« effect only the FontFont Library, or are even declarations of love dedicated to an OurType typeface effected by this limit? Does it mean and or or, or and and or? 


    Posted by Arno Kathollnig on Feb. 12, 2009
  16. Maximum three entries per person, disregarding for which foundry. You can withdraw a submission (or two) if you wish and replace it by an OurType submission.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 12, 2009
  17. When will the winner be announced?

    Posted by JP Knox on Feb. 16, 2009
  18. Somewhere this week — we’ll keep you posted.

    Posted by Yves Peters on Feb. 16, 2009

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