14 comments

  • Brian HansonBrian Hanson, over 7 years ago

    For those like me wondering why they went free here's the blog post

    8 points
  • Updula LeeUpdula Lee, over 7 years ago

    I love free stuff.

    5 points
  • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 7 years ago

    Anyone here uses Typecast?

    Is it really useful in your workflow? If so, how?

    4 points
    • Bob Muller, over 7 years ago

      I haven't tried it yet

      0 points
    • Trevor McNaughtonTrevor McNaughton, over 7 years ago

      I had used it for a while when I was prototyping a baseline grid. It was really great, but then my trial ran out and I lost interest. I'll probably start using it again now that it's free.

      4 points
    • Kris KimKris Kim, over 7 years ago

      I tried it when I was working on my personal website (you can see how I used it here:http://kristiankim.com/journal/redesigning-website/). It's really useful to quickly prototype the site and test it on various viewports.

      2 points
    • Emily Campbell, over 7 years ago

      I use it frequently for client projects. It helps me explore a number of font combinations from different sources and walk them through the process. I also like the ability to explore line height and other nuances for different typefaces in different contexts before moving into CSS.

      1 point
    • Steve SchoeffelSteve Schoeffel, over 7 years ago

      I've found it a really useful way to preview fonts before purchasing. Really easy to compare a number of different options in the general context of a page and rendered by a browser. It's especially useful when designing something with a heavy emphasis on body copy (blog/digital textbook, etc.).

      1 point
      • Daniel FoscoDaniel Fosco, over 7 years ago

        Thanks for the reply Steve (and everybody else!).

        Testing fonts has always been an awkward process for me, specially because the best fonts in Typekit generally don't have a desktop version. I can easily see Typecast being handy for that.

        However, it's still not clear to me what is it for. I even tried it once, but I still don't have a clue.

        Is it a full-blown website prototyping tool? Can I add images? Can I add SVGs and animation and fancy stuff? Is it like Webflow?

        Does it export code? If so, is the code good enough for production or it's just a wonky prototype?

        Does it includes all the thousands of fonts you can test with, the Typekit-to-rule-them-all? Or do I still need Typekit and/or buy premium fonts for my websites?


        As useful as the service seems to be, its functionality is wide enough to make me not have a damn clue about what I'm supposed to do with it. And their how it works page didn't help me much either.

        0 points
        • Account deleted over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

          Having all the fonts you'd like to try in a single app beats going through all the different font services, most of which have limited previewing options.

          The biggest thing about it, to me, is that it lets you work with web fonts in its natural environment. Type from a desktop app will always look different in a browser. Here, you play around in the tool to get the look you want, and it's all HTML and CSS underneath. The code it generates isn't perfect (which generated code is?), but it only takes a little massaging to get it how you want.

          Having a shareable URL means you can actually show your prototypes to clients or coworkers, and browser test it as well.

          It reeeally beats using a desktop app for web type.

          Disclaimer: I used to provide support for Typecast.

          0 points
    • Theresa MershonTheresa Mershon, over 7 years ago

      I've used typecast mostly for type research and have found it very useful. It's much easier, faster, realistic and less risky than paying for and self-hosting when exploring type combinations (or using design software -- it never looks the same). You can access type from several major vendors as well as free google fonts.

      I appreciate the css toggle -- you can style directly in css and get a preview or use the gui to style text and then save the css, useful for both beginning and experienced designers. There is also a nice sharing feature and "styleguide" view. Using typecast (if you are interested in working with type from partner foundries) can be big time & money saver during the styling/planning portion of web design projects.

      I haven't used it for layouts, but they have been adding features that make it interesting as a design tool. It still needs a lot of work to be a professional tool for responsive design, and it suffers from the limitations of all web applications, but I think the concept is on the right track.

      0 points
  • Ronan Flynn-CurranRonan Flynn-Curran, over 7 years ago

    Oh cool. I've used typecast for awhile, it's awesome.

    I use it a lot when playing around with branding options, exploring typography options with an advanced editor is great.

    0 points
  • Hong Yi DongHong Yi Dong, over 7 years ago

    On a side note, their security measures are lackluster at best. Email reset process doesn't follow any standard procedure.

    0 points
  • Alvaro F. EchavarriAlvaro F. Echavarri, over 7 years ago

    Will give it a try.

    0 points