MyFonts

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MyFonts
Myfontslogo.svg
URL

http://new.myfonts.com/

http://old.myfonts.com/
OwnerBitstream Inc.
Created byVarious contributors first website created and default sample text.
LaunchedSeptember 1999
Current statusActive
 
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MyFonts
Myfontslogo.svg
URL

http://new.myfonts.com/

http://old.myfonts.com/
OwnerBitstream Inc.
Created byVarious contributors first website created and default sample text.
LaunchedSeptember 1999
Current statusActive

MyFonts is a digital fonts distribution, location based in Woburn, Massachusetts, selling fonts through the www.myfonts.com web site. It launched in September 1999 (during the ATypI conference in Boston), and started selling fonts in March 2000.

MyFonts pioneered a new model of font distribution, based on the long tail phenomenon: an all-inclusive inventory from which total sales can beat those of a carefully chosen collection.[1] Every font that meets basic technical and legal criteria is accepted for distribution. Designers set their own license terms and their own prices, while MyFonts gets a 50 percent cut of sales.[2]

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Open marketplace

Both large type foundries and the studios of individual type designers (also often called foundries) are represented at MyFonts. Classics such as Futura and Akzidenz-Grotesk sit alongside newer fonts, and in all, fonts from over 800 foundries (in September 2011) are available for sale.

Although MyFonts is a division of Bitstream Inc. (which is a type foundry among other things), MyFonts says that sales figures alone determine a new font's appearance in such high-visibility places as the Hot New Fonts page the Rising Stars e-mail newsletter and every debut is used for web.

WhatTheFont font identification

MyFonts has a patented[3] feature for identifying fonts from scanned images called WhatTheFont. It's almost entirely automated, unlike other solutions to font identification that either rely on a community of human identifiers or a series of questions.

A typical usage comprises three stages:

For clean scans of fonts that are in the MyFonts database, a correct or close identification is common. Whatever happens, the user then has the option of asking the "WhatTheFont Forum" of real volunteers to identify the typeface: the competitive element helps get quick identification. MyFonts has not provided details of the algorithms behind WhatTheFont.

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Notes

  1. ^ Grant, Angelynn (2008), "MyFonts.com: Changing the Way Type is Bought and Sold", Communication Arts (January/February): 106–109, ISSN 0010-3519, http://www.myfonts.com/library/referrer/Communication_Arts.pdf 
  2. ^ Postrel, Virginia; Money, R (2008), "Playing to Type", Industrial Marketing Management 37 (January): 46, doi:10.1016/j.indmarman.2007.06.012, ISSN 1072-7825, http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200801/fonts 
  3. ^ US 6853980