The Happiness Engineers at Automattic have teamed up with the Typekit team to offer a new, easy to use interface for integrating Typekit fonts with WordPress.com blogs.
Lance Willett posted on the WordPress.com blog about the new service, which they are calling the Custom Design upgrade. The upgrade costs $30 per year for access to 50+ Typekit fonts and the handy interface that allows users to implement them without using CSS.
The Custom Design upgrade is getting its own submenu under the Appearance tab in WordPress. Fonts are being combined with the previously available Custom CSS section. The Font Editor allows you to customize by font, style, and size in three groups: by site title, headings, and body text. There is also a live preview below the selectors so you can instantly see the changes.
Before this integration between WordPress.com and Typekit, using custom Typekit fonts required manually editing CSS in WordPress and a $24 annual Typekit subscription.
The close relationship between Typekit and Automattic isn’t too surprising, especially considering Matt Mullenweg is listed in the “Our Investors & Advisors” section of Typekit’s website. However, I’m sure other font companies are quite envious of the near 20 million potential new customers Typekit just got.
The Typekit blog post of the announcement includes a demo video, so +1 to them, and feel free to take a peak after the jump. Would you like to see a service like this ported to WordPress.org, perhaps bundled with the Jetpack plugin or similar? Let us know in the commments.