Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I add a page for a typeface, designer, or foundry?

    Go to the Add section of Typedia and select the appropriate tab for the listing you want to enter ("Add a Typeface" for a typeface or "Add a Type Designer, Foundry, etc." for anything else). The only required field is the name of your listing, but take a shot at filling in anything else you know. Any information you enter can be added to or updated by you or any other Typedia member to help fill out the listing.

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  • How do I use the Flash type sample file?
    1. Download and open type-sample.fla (from the Add section)
    2. Select the text that says “Add typeface”
    3. Set the selected text in your chosen typeface
    4. Select "Embed" from the Character menu
    5. From the Character ranges dialog, select "Uppercase," "Lowercase," and "Numerals," and click "OK"
    6. From the File menu, select Export > Export Movie
    7. Choose “SWF Movie," rename your file, and Save
    8. Upload your new file to Typedia
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  • What's with using Flash for font display? Aren't you pirating fonts?

    We have the highest respect for type designers and foundries, and would never try to redistribute their work. The method we are using with Flash is similar to (though not actually) sIFR. And we have taken measures to protect these files to prevent them from being downloaded or used elsewhere.

    We know font embedding is a contentious issue, and we want to respect designers and how they want their work used. We hope to reach out to designers and foundries to see if we can find a workable middle ground. Typedia doesn't sell or distribute typefaces, it exists only as a resource for type related knowledge. In the meantime, we ask that you consult your font EULAs before uploading any specimens to be sure you have permission to do so.

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  • Why don't you use X classification system?

    Methods for typeface classification are often diverse and less than precise. We don’t aim to provide the definitive classification system, just a workable one within the confines of this site, and one that can evolve over time. Classification is just one piece of this very big typographic pie, but we are always open to discussing and adapting the way classification works here.

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  • How do I add my photos to typeface pages?

    To have your photos for a typeface show up here, upload them to Flickr and tag them with machine tags. Read more about Typedia and machine tags.

    Some examples:
    • type:face=helvetica
    • type:style=bold
    • type:foundry=linotype
    • type:designer="max miedinger"
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