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Licensing our fonts

A person with a friendly smile, glasses, and sculptural hair sits at a desk with a pen in their hand. On the desk are books, a keyboard, a mouse, a cup of coffee, and a plant. Surrounding them is an abstract environment filled with letterforms, birds, and flowers. Colorful hand-drawn illustration by Cydney Cherepak.

Font licenses, simplified

We aim to make font licensing as simple as possible. We offer what we hope is a realistic and straightforward license agreement covering common usage, which respects both our hard work and you—the people using our fonts.

Since our policies are unique, here are a few things you might want to know about them—and then we can all get back to making cool things!

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Desktop license

We sell our desktop font licenses in tiers based on how many people will use the fonts. These days it’s a lot easier to count users than keep track of all their desktop computers, laptops, and tablets.

Servers: You may install the fonts on a font server as long as access is limited to your company and the user count of your license tier. For example, it’s okay to distribute our fonts internally via Extensis Universal Type Server (locally hosted) or the Monotype Fonts service (cloud).

Hosted software: Upload the fonts to server-hosted design software like Figma, Canva, or Pitch if you need to; just make sure the documents using them will only be accessed by licensed users.

Broadcast: It’s okay to use the fonts for broadcast worldwide (as part of film or television titles, for example).

Logos: Go ahead, convert text to outlines and distribute that artwork as a logo, worldwide. We don’t charge an extra fee for that—even if you customize the letterforms.

Embedding: You’re welcome to use the desktop fonts to make PDFs. But if you plan to sell that PDF or embed the fonts in an electronic publication, you will also need an ePub license.

Letterform products: If you want to make letterform products for sale—like house numbers, say—you’ll need to contact us for a custom license.

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Web, app, and ePub licenses

Our web, app, and ePub licenses are priced by the size of the company using the fonts, rather than metrics like visitors or downloads. Company size is based on the number of employees at the time of purchase, including temporary workers. If that number increases by 20 percent or more, you’ll need to upgrade. And if the licensee is just one person, opt for a “one employee” license.

  • A web license is for a single domain, including unlimited subdomains.
  • An ePub license is for unlimited titles.
  • An app license is for a single software application, which can be cross-platform (mobile and desktop) and run on operating systems iOS, MacOS, and Android.
  • You can always change the web domain or app name after your purchase by clicking the link in your confirmation email. We know things sometimes change after you hit that buy button.
  • You’re allowed to subset our web fonts. This could mean using Font Gauntlet to limit the range of a variable font axis or Glyphhanger in the command line to downsize the character set.
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Variable fonts

A license for a full type family includes the variable font version when available. Learn more in our article “Using our variable fonts.”

Try before you buy

We get it. We’re designers too, and we know that using fonts in context is the only way to make sure they’re right for a project, so we make it easy for you to get your hands on them in a legitimate way.

We offer Free and Paid options for trial fonts, which you can use for evaluation, client pitches, or student work. Both options are backed by the same trial license agreement, but only the Paid trial gives you access to the full font files.

If you’re designing on desktop for an app or website, you can use the paid trial fonts to do the design work on your device, then license the web or app fonts when it’s time to get into development.

Choose the trial option that works best for you, knowing that you can upgrade to a full license if and when you decide to use the typeface. We’ll even credit your paid trial purchase toward an upgrade—just enter your order number in the Upgrade section of the cart when buying the full license.

You can also try our fonts by renting them from Fontstand.

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Licensing for someone else

To purchase fonts that will be used by another person or company, just enter their info as licensee during checkout, and yours for billing.

Or if you want to show your client exactly what they need to license so they can purchase it themselves, add the items to your cart and then click “share cart” on the checkout page for a permalink.

Ask us anything

Can’t get enough of this licensing talk? Check out the full license agreement with plain-language TL;DR explanations in the sidebar.

And if you have more questions or want to do something our standard licenses don’t allow, please contact us. Sometimes it gets lonely drawing letters all day, so we’d love to hear from you—and make it easier for you to put those fonts to use.

Illustrations by Cydney Cherepak.