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Preface

Preface® by Shinntype
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Preface Font Family was designed by Nick Shinn, and published by Shinntype. Preface contains 12 styles and family package options. More about this family
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Preface Bold
Preface Bold
Preface Bold Italic
Preface Italic
Preface Light
Preface Light Italic
Preface Regular
Preface Black
Preface Black Italic
Preface Thin
Preface Thin Italic
Preface Book
Preface Book Italic

Preface Bold - Glyph Count: 240

This is a listing of all 240 glyphs contained in the font, including OpenType variants that may only be accessible via OpenType-aware applications.

Each basic character (“A”) is followed by Unicode variants of the same character (Á, Ä…), then OpenType variants (small caps, alternates, ligatures…). This way you can see all the variations on a single character in one place.

Preface Bold image
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    Preface Bold
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    Preface Bold Italic
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    Preface Italic
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    Preface Light
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    Preface Light Italic
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    Preface Regular
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    Preface Black
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    Preface Black Italic
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    Preface Thin
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    Preface Thin Italic
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    Preface Book
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  • Preface Bold image
  • Full Font Name: Preface Bold
    Family Name: Preface
    Sub-Family Name: Bold
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 240
    File Size: 52784
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Bold Italic image
  • Full Font Name: Preface BoldItalic
    Family Name: Preface
    Sub-Family Name: BoldItalic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/22/03
    Glyph Count: 238
    File Size: 59472
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Italic image
  • Full Font Name: Preface Italic
    Family Name: Preface
    Sub-Family Name: Italic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/21/03
    Glyph Count: 236
    File Size: 58816
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Light image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceLight
    Family Name: PrefaceLight
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 240
    File Size: 57172
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Light Italic image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceLight Italic
    Family Name: PrefaceLight
    Sub-Family Name: Italic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/21/03
    Glyph Count: 236
    File Size: 61704
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Regular image
  • Full Font Name: Preface
    Family Name: Preface
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 242
    File Size: 54772
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Black image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceBlack
    Family Name: PrefaceBlack
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 240
    File Size: 54104
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Black Italic image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceBlack Italic
    Family Name: PrefaceBlack
    Sub-Family Name: Italic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/22/03
    Glyph Count: 237
    File Size: 55980
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Thin image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceThin
    Family Name: PrefaceThin
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 242
    File Size: 55992
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Thin Italic image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceThin Italic
    Family Name: PrefaceThin
    Sub-Family Name: Italic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/21/03
    Glyph Count: 239
    File Size: 54208
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Book image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceBook
    Family Name: PrefaceBook
    Sub-Family Name: Regular
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 1/27/03
    Glyph Count: 240
    File Size: 56280
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish
  • Preface Book Italic image
  • Full Font Name: PrefaceBook Italic
    Family Name: PrefaceBook
    Sub-Family Name: Italic
    Format: TrueType
    Version: Macromedia Fontographer 4.1.3 5/21/03
    Glyph Count: 236
    File Size: 64252
    Character Sets: ASCII,EBCDIC-CP-BE (Western Europe),IBM CP 037 (English),IBM CP 1140 (Western Europe),ISO Latin-1,ISO Latin-15 (Western Europe),MS CP 1252 (Western Europe)
    Supported Languages: Catalan, Danish, German, English, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Swedish

Licensing Options

You can use this font in any of the following places. Read the full EULA text for details about each license. If you have a usage in mind that's not covered by these licenses, contact us and we'll see what we can do.

Desktop: for use on a desktop workstation

For the most common uses, both personal and professional, for use in desktop applications with a font menu.

For example:

  • Install the font on your Mac OS X or Windows system
  • Use the font within desktop applications such as Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, etc.
  • Create and print documents, as well as static images (.jpeg, .tiff, .png)

Desktop licenses are based on the number of users of the fonts. You can change the number of users by clicking the quantity dropdown option on Buying Choices or Cart pages.

Please be sure to review the listing foundry's Desktop license agreement as some restrictions may apply—such as use in logos/trademarks, geographic restrictions (number of locations), and products that will be sold.

Adding users later:

Desktop licenses are cumulative. If you require a Desktop license that covers additional users, simply place a new order for the same Desktop package, for the number of additional users.

Preface Desktop EULA

App: for embedding in mobile applications

Select this license type when you are developing an app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, and you will be embedding the font file in your mobile application's code.

This font's app license is:

For One Year

Up to 25,000 registered users for one year.

Preface App EULA

ePub: for embedding in e-text products

You can use an ePub license to embed the font in an electronic publication such as an eBook, eMagazine, eNewspaper, or interactive PDF.

An ePub license is based on the number of publications in which the font is used. Each issue counts as a separate publication. Regional or format variations don't count as separate publications.

Updated versions of publications that are free to previous customers do not need a new license; otherwise, each new version that is released counts as a separate publication.

For font usage in graphic images shown as the ePub cover, consider a Desktop license instead as most allow for it.

Preface ePUB EULA

Server: for applications that produce a deliverable with fonts embedded

A server license is required for sites, web apps, or services that allow a non-licensed user to utilize the font to create a product (for example, personalized t-shirts, PDF receipts, business cards, and pictures with captions, et cetera).

This license is valid for one year and is renewed each year that the font remains in use.

The price is based upon the number of servers on which the font is installed. Development servers do not count toward the limit. A font downloaded with this license cannot be used in SaaS, where the service is the product rather that the item that is created.

Not to be confused with…

The 'Server' name can be a bit slippery. Server fonts can be installed on a server and used by remote users or automated processes to create items. These licenses are fairly common for e-commerce websites that allow their customers to interact with the font via the business' webpage interface, customize a printed hard-good product, and they'd purchase/receive the hard-good product.

This is not to be confused with multiple multi-user Desktop licenses. Desktop font licenses are based on the number of users of the fonts; in other words, the number of computers in which the font will be installed.

Preface Server EULA

Digital Ads: for use in HTML5 ads

You can use this type of license to embed fonts into digital ads, such as ads built using HTML5.

We'll supply a kit containing webfonts that can be used within digital ads, such as banner ads. This kit may be shared with third parties who are working on your behalf to produce the ad creatives, however you are wholly responsible for it.

HTML5 ads use webfonts, so why purchase a Digital Ads license rather than a Webfont license?

There are a few reasons, such as the Digital Ads EULA having terms that enable usage in digital ads and on advertising networks.

Digital advertisements also have different usage patterns compared to websites. Most websites generally have consistent pageviews month-to-month whereas advertising impressions can vary wildly month-to-month. Prices reflect this, making it much less expensive to use a Digital Ad license.

If you know the number of impressions the campaign requires, that amount can be ordered before the campaign begins. For campaigns where number impressions is unknown until the end of the campaign, you can true up at the end of each calendar month. Impressions are valid for 4 years.

Preface Digital Ads EULA

Webfont: for your website

Webfonts can be used on a single domain. Agencies responsible for multiple websites, for example web design agencies or hosting providers, may not share a single webfont license across multiple websites.

Every time the webpage using the webfont kit is loaded (i.e, the webfont kit CSS which holds the @font-face rule is called) the counting system counts a single pageview for each webfont within the webfont kit.

For usage in graphic images shown on the website, consider a Desktop license instead as most allow for it.

This font's webfont license is:

Pay Once

You get a monthly pageview allowance for your webfonts. This license does not need to be renewed.

For example, if you order a license that covers 10,000 monthly pageviews, you will remain within your license as long as you do not get more than 10,000 views per month.

If the website starts getting more traffic, simply place a new order for the additional monthly pageviews you require, as Pay Once webfont pageviews are cumulative.

Preface WebFont EULA

About Preface Font Family


Preface vs. Helvetica/Futura/Gill: a different strategy of text color. Whereas the established classes of sans serif typeface achieve a dynamic balance between stroke and space by combining a diversity of letterform with an evenness of fit, Preface switches the emphasis, driving out diagonals to create a dominant harmony of curves and perpendiculars, matched with a greater variety of inter-character space shapes—the result of extra width introduced in the “f” and “t”, and by the openness that accompanies the wide tails of the “ a” and “l”, the long ear of the “r”, and the serif of the “i”. En masse, and in keeping with the present trend in typography, Preface exhibits a coarser texture than the traditional sans serif faces, but one that is nonetheless even and precise. With tabular, oldstyle figures.

Designers: Nick Shinn

Publisher: Shinntype

Foundry: Shinntype

Design Owner: Shinntype

MyFonts debut: Feb 20, 2004

Preface® is a registered trademark of Shinn Type Foundry Inc., and Shinntype is a registered trademark of Shinn Type Foundry Inc.