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FontShop has announced it has been acquired by Monotype. In the company’s press statement, the headline says FontShop has “joined Monotype”. Monotype’s statement is a little less romanticising.

From my point of view it was only a matter of time for FontShop to struggle as a company. FontShop was founded in the early nineties and grew big the now faded age of Desktop Publishing. Once a legend in its field, FontShop missed the opportunity to adapt, or even lead the digital revolution as the primary usage of fonts moved from paper to screen. It failed to innovate in areas of screen rendering, hinting and responsive typography. TypeKit, Webtype, Linotype’s Fonts, Google Fonts and lastly Typography.com from H&Co. stole the thunder in terms of innovation and economic efficiency.

(Photo: FontShop Blog)