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FontStruct

Online Font Creator


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Published 01/08/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Fontstruct is essentially a construction site for fonts. Users can build their own personalized lettering using a grid tool and geometric shapes. By laying the shapes on the grid, the user can define their own original fonts. After completing the font design, the user can generate a high quality True Type font that is compatible with any Windows or Mac application. Users are also given the option of hiding their fonts away or making the available for public use. Fontstruct also offers a handy widget that can be placed on a user’s website or blog so others can check out their Fontstructions. The process is simple and allows users to be as creative as they like, and even share their work afterwards.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Fontstruct was created by FontShop, which emerged in 2010. FontShop is dedicated entirely to the creation of unique, stylish and functional fonts and their management. The history of FontShop dates back to 1989, when Erik and Joan Spiekermann signed a contract with leading type foundries, purchasing fonts. These were sold out of a small office. FontShop became the first independent seller of digital type in the world. Today, they have gone digital and offer an enormous number of fonts to customers.

What are the differences to other apps?

Sites already exists that let users choose an existing font and download it. However, it is hard to find a tool that makes it easy to actually build a new font. Fontstruct does just that and makes the process simpler with a grid and geometric shape tools that give users total freedom.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Fontstruct website features a video that helps depict how the application works. The site uses a bright yellow, grey and black color scheme that looks eye-catching while enticing new users to explore. A handful of navigational tabs help users discover the Fontstructor, personally created fonts, the community gallery, site blog and support. The editing tools available make it difficult to not build an original, stylish font on Fontstruct.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can click on the white “Sign in” link at the top, right hand corner of the website. This takes the user to the login form which includes a blue “Sign Up Now” link at the bottom. The form is kept short, requesting only a username, email address and password. The user must check the bottom terms of use check box to continue. Two other check boxes are also available to sign the user up for Fontstruct news updates and new and free font updates from FontShop.

What does it cost to use the application?

The price is one of the best things about Fontstruct. The tool relies entirely on the user’s creativity and desire to build a new font. Anyone can sign up for an account for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges. This is a great thing to continue encouraging users to bring their creativity and add to the community gallery. Fonts can be purchased through FontShop, but Fontstruct is entirely free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Any creative individual can really love Fontstruct. Users can visit the site and see what they can build and share with the community. Users who are in need of a font can create one to their specifications and download it for free. There are many potential uses and endless customization options when using Fontstruct.

  • Use an easy grid and shape tool to construct a personalized font
  • Download fonts for free and use with any Mac or Windows application
  • Share font creations in the user gallery
  • Check out the fonts of others and edit them or use them for inspiration
  • Save fonts and mark favorites found on Fontstruct


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