corenominal

Full stack web developer, interested in all the things, but especially the web, code, design, Linux, OS X, PHP, WordPress, JavaScript & robots.

Transport New Web Font

A mockup of a road sign using the Transport New font.

Web font || webfont? Either way, this site is now using the Transport New font. The process of picking a font for this site probably took longer than it needed to, but I wanted to choose something a bit different. I knew I didn’t want to use a font from the Google Fonts service, every man and his dog uses those, but I wasn’t too sure where else to look. With this in mind, I decided that I’d just wait until I found something I really liked.

So, the other day I was researching fonts for a project at work and I came across Transport New, and I instantly knew that I wanted to use it. The font is a redrawing of the typeface (New Transport) designed for British road signs and it was created by K-Type, a small, independent type foundry based in Manchester, England.

The font cost just £12 with a commercial license, which permits @font-face use without any pageview limitations. The download only contained TTF and OTF versions, so I headed over to Font Squirrel and used their excellent generator service to create a webfont kit. I’m really pleased with how it looks on this site, I think it’s rather spiffy.

P.S. The only issue with using the font on this site is that I’ve had to add it to my WordPress theme’s .gitignore file, so that I don’t illegally distribute it via the theme’s GitHub repo.

UPDATE 2016-01-16: The webfont lasted less than 48 hours on this site. I wasn’t entirely happy with its weight (it was a little too heavy), so I removed it. Oh well, the search goes on.

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