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FontFont Release Magazine No. 2

Releases 50 and 51 | Autumn/Winter 2009/2010:


ff Brokenscript, ff Celeste/Sans/Small Text, ff Cocon, ff Dagny, ff Dax/Compact,
ff DIN/Condensed Italic, ff Duper, ff Enzo, ff Folk/Rough, ff Mach, ff Market, ff Masala/Script,
ff Meta/Serif, ff Mister K Dingbats, ff Netto, ff Prater, ff Providence/Sans, ff Quadraat/Sans,
ff Speak, ff Super Grotesk, ff Tisa, ff Trixie, ff Typestar, ff Yoga/Sans

a a a a
ff Celeste ff Celeste Sans ff Celeste Small Text ff DIN

a a a a
ff DIN Condensed Italic ff Folk ff Folk Rough ff Mach

a a c25 O a
ff Masala ff Masala Script ff Mister K Dingbats ff Prater

a
ff Providence
a
ff Providence Sans ff Yoga
a a
ff Yoga Sans
Designed by Alexander Roth
for the FontFont Typeface Library.
© February 2010 fsi FontShop International GmbH
All rights reserved.
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Ivo Gabrowitsch

Wer erinnert sich noch an die Beowolf, eine Schrift, Natürlich gibt es auch mit den Releases 50 und 51
deren Buchstaben dank einer Zufallsfunktion von wieder neue Originale, denn unsere kreative Tradi-
PostScript ständig ihr Aussehen veränderten? Erik tion weicht nun keinesfalls der Technik, sondern
van Blokland und Just van Rossum schufen diese steht mit ihr mehr denn je in einer attraktiven
»lebende Schrift« 1989. ff Beowolf wurde kurz darauf Wechselwirkung. Im vorliegenden zweiten Release
der Grundstein unserer FontFont-Bibliothek, die in Magazin FIFTY|1 finden sich daher wieder gleicher-
diesen Tagen ihren 20. Geburtstag feiert. maßen praktische Informationen wie inspirierende
  Tatsächlich stand die legendäre ff Beowolf bereits Schriftmuster.
für die drei wichtigsten Bausteine der FontFont-
Philosophie: ästhetische Qualität, technische Raffi- 06. ff Celeste: . ..................................... Pro, Offc/Offc Pro
nesse und Esprit. Auch die kurz darauf erschienenen 08. ff Celeste Sans: .............................. Pro, Offc/Offc Pro
Schriften folgten diesen Motiven, zum Beispiel 10. ff Celeste Small Text: . ................... Pro, Offc/Offc Pro
ff Scala, ff Meta oder ff Hands. Dabei gab es zu 14. ff Brokenscript: ............................. Offc
jener Zeit weder ein offizielles Leitbild, noch einen 15. ff Cocon: . ...................................... Offc/Offc Pro
typografischen Leitfaden für die junge Bibliothek. 16. ff Dagny: ........................................ Offc/Offc Pro
Warum waren die Schriften der ersten Jahre trotz- 17. ff Dax, ff Dax Compact: ............... Offc/Offc Pro
dem aus gleichem Holz geschnitzt? 18. ff DIN Condensed Italic: . ............. Neuer FontFont
  Ganz einfach: Die FontFont-Bibliothek war eine 18. ff DIN: . .......................................... erw. Sprachausbau, Offc/Offc Pro
der ersten rein digitalen Schriftkollektionen. Die 22. ff Duper: ........................................ Offc/Offc Pro
Schriftgestalter lieferten ihre Entwürfe in digitali- 23. ff Enzo: .......................................... Offc
sierter Form nach Berlin. Das war neu und machte 24. ff Folk, ff Folk Rough: ................. OT, Offc
FontFont zu einer schnell wachsenden Bibliothek, 28. ff Mach: ......................................... Neuer FontFont
über 600 Familien sind darin mittlerweile enthalten. 32. ff Masala, ff Masala Script: . ......... Neuer FontFont
Auf der anderen Seite waren unsere Schriftgestalter 36. ff Meta: .......................................... Offc/Offc Pro
auch Anwender, was sich in der Devise »Von Designern 37. ff Meta Serif: .................................. Offc/Offc Pro
für Designer« niederschlug. Sie entwarfen die neuen 38. ff Mister K Dingbats: ..................... Neuer FontFont
Schriften immer auch für sich selbst, um entweder 42. ff Market: ....................................... Offc
eine konkrete Aufgabe zu lösen oder eine Lücke im 43. ff Netto: ......................................... Offc
Angebot zu schließen. Kann es einen besseren Ansatz 44. ff Prater: . ....................................... OT, Offc
geben, um nützliche Schriften zu entwerfen? 48. ff Providence,
  Es war ohne Zweifel der Designanspruch, der die ff Providence Sans: . ....................... OT/Pro, Offc/Offc Pro
FontFonts weltberühmt machte. Doch Schriften 52. ff Quadraat, ff Quadraat Sans: ..... Offc
werden natürlich nicht allein von Kreativen einge- 53. ff Speak: ......................................... Offc
setzt. Aus diesem Grund haben wir nun die Office- 54. ff Super Grotesk: ........................... Offc
FontFonts entwickelt. Mit ihnen stehen Anwendern 55. ff Tisa: ............................................ Offc/Offc Pro
typischer Büroapplikationen Schriften zur Verfü- 56. ff Trixie: ......................................... Offc/Offc Pro
gung, die exakt ihren Anforderungen entsprechen 57. ff Typestar: .................................... Offc
und dabei auf dem neuesten Stand der Technik sind. 58. ff Yoga: ........................................... Neuer FontFont
dreißig unserer wichtigsten Familien sind ab sofort 60. ff Yoga Sans: .................................. Neuer FontFont
als Office-Fonts verfügbar, die gesamte Bibliothek
wird derzeit überarbeitet und in dieses Format über-
tragen. Was das Format im Detail auszeichnet, lässt
sich auf den folgenden Seiten erkunden.
Wir stellen vor: Office FontFonts

Office FontFonts sind voll kompatibel mit Programmen wie Excel®, Word® and PowerPoint®.

Alles ist OpenType   Weil die Bildschirmdarstellung im Büroalltag eine


wichtige Rolle spielt, wurde die visuelle Technik der
Grafikdesigner schwören auf OpenType-FontFonts, Office-FontFont noch Mal verbessert und dem Büro-
weil sie »typografische Intelligenz« enthalten und in Standard angepasst. Office-FontFonts sind für die
professionellen Programmen wie Adobe CS® oder ClearType®-Technik optimiert, die mit Microsoft Win-
QuarkXPress® zu Hochform auflaufen. Doch Anwen- dows XP eingeführt wurde und seit Windows Vista als
dungen wie Microsoft® Office greifen auf viele Zei- Standard-Schrift-Glättung zum Einsatz kommt.
chen und Features dieser PostScript-flavoured (CFF)   Beide OpenType-Font-Formate basieren auf Uni-
OpenType-Fonts gar nicht zu. Aus diesem Grund hat code und enthalten alle Schriftzeichen eines Schrift-
FontFont eine neue Gruppe von OpenType-Fonts stils in einer einzigen Font-Datei. Darüber hinaus sind
eingeführt, die Office FontFonts. Ihr wichtigstes Office-Fonts stilverlinkt, das heißt Fett, Kursiv und
Merkmal ist die Buchstabenbeschreibung, die nicht Fett-Kursiv bilden eine Familie die mit einem ein-
auf der PostScript®-Technik von Adobe® basiert son- zigen Eintrag im Schriftmenü erscheint. Die ver-
dern auf TrueType. Daher nennt man sie auch True- schiedenen Stile rufen Office-User per Tastaturbe-
Type-flavoured (TTF) OpenTypes. fehl oder mit einem Mausklick in ihre Stilpalette auf.
Versalziffern für Tabellen sind Standard in den Office- Ländern verständlich, zum Beispiel Tschechien, der
Fonts, weil sie für Rechnungen, Preislisten und Charts Türkei, Ungarn oder den Baltischen Ländern; viel
unverzichtbar sind. Werden für typografisch an- Offc-Pro-Fonts enthalten sogar die kyrillischen und
spruchsvolle Bürodrucksachen proportionale Medi- griechischen Schriftzeichen.
ävalziffern oder Kapitälchen benötigt, können sie   Auch wenn die Office-FontFonts die beste Wahl
über einen Extra-Font ergänzt werden. Wegen ihrer sind für die weit verbreiteten Büro-Anwendungen
Stilverlinkung werden Offc-Schriften als Basic-Set ge- Word®, Excel® oder PowerPoint®, sind sie zu allen
liefert (Regular, Italic, Bold und Bold Italic); sind weitere textverarbeitenden Programmen kompatibel, die
Strichstärken lieferbar (zum Beispiel Light oder Black), .ttf-Dateien verarbeiten können. Endlich können
lassen sich diese paarweise ergänzen, geradestehend Designer und Büroanwender von der Plattformunab-
plus kursiv. hängigkeit und der einfachen Bedienung der Open-
  Wie ihre OT-Kollegen unterstützen die Offc-Font- Type-Schriften profitieren.
Fonts über 58 westliche Sprachen, wie zum Beispiel
Englisch, Französisch, Spanisch und die nordischen
Sprachen. Offc-Pro-Fonts machen sich in noch mehr
ff Celeste | 1994–2007 Now available in OpenType
Pro and the new Office
Chris Burke format (Offc/Offc Pro). The
Pro versions even speak
Greek and Cyrillic.

θρησκευτικός γάμος
Human Dignity
separation of church and state
СЛУЖБА БОГУ
existence of immortal beings
Humanistic Life Stance
Θρησκευτικός Γάμος Εισαγωγή
Designer Chris Burke classifies his ff Celeste as a modern The font family ff Celeste was initially comprised of only
humanistic face. The stroke-weight contrast is less pro- four members, Regular and Bold with an italic for each. As
nounced than in traditional models such as Walbaum, the Bold was not particularly heavy, really more of a semi-
making ff Celeste more suitable for current digital type- bold, it was felt that the family could do with some heavier
setting and offset printing techniques, where high contrast members. So ff Celeste Extra Bold and Black have been
is very accurately – perhaps too accurately – maintained. provided for those occasions in which greater emphasis,
The letterforms are less rationalized and modular than impact or differentiation is desired. The Extra Bold pro-
the starkest modern faces, but are influenced by old-style vides effective emphasis with the Regular weight, and the
letterforms even with some vestige of a calligraphic influ- Black can be paired with the existing Bold. These combina-
ence to provide a more readable dynamic. The serifs tend tions will be useful in, for example, designing dictionaries
to the triangular and the italics harmonize well with the or reference books, in which different kinds of informa-
roman in tone and width. ff Celeste is a typeface for those tion need to be given different tiers of emphasis. The Bold
designers who like the idea of a Bodoni or Walbaum, but weights will also be useful in headings. In 2007 a Book
look for a robust and readable text face which tempers the weight was added.
sobriety of the modern with friendlier old-face features.
ff Celeste

a a a a
Regular Italic Book Book Italic

a a a a
Bold Bold Italic Extra Bold Extra Bold Italic

a a O ψ
Black Black Italic Regular Italic

M ж h g
Book Book Italic Bold Bold Italic

c w G s
Extra Bold Extra Bold Italic Black Black Italic
ff Celeste Sans | 1994–2004 Now available in OpenType
Pro and Offc/Offc Pro.
Chris Burke

protect from evil or harmful spirits

gargoyles
Ancient Roman Decorative Art
Gothic Building
ornamental arrangements of arabesques

Beautiful Chimera
Chapel Giovanni da Udine
ff Celeste Sans is a hybrid character, like its serif companion, nineteenth-century grotesques can be seen to share prin-
ff Celeste. Chris Burke says: “The serif version is a delibe- ciples with the common modern face types of that era, and
rate attempt to temper the modern face (Didone) type model some writers have even suggested that they grew from that
with old face (Garalde) elements; to mix what Swiss letter- tradition. So, in ff  Celeste Sans, I tried to make a kind of
form theorists have called the static and the dynamic prin- grotesque, tempered by the dynamic of humanist sans. The
ciples of letter construction. Allowing for historical fancy, result perhaps errs on the side of grotesque, meaning that
ff  Celeste Serif could be interpreted as a retrospectively ff Celeste Sans differs from ff Celeste Serif in some details
transitional typeface. of its articulation (aside from the obvious differences). It does
  An approach to designing a sans serif partner for ff Celeste not have a great deal of contrast between its thick and thin
did not immediately make itself obvious. A straight huma- strokes, and so creates quite a different colour to ff Celeste
nist sans did not seem quite appropriate. I finally realized Serif while maintaining the family resemblance. This may
that my liking for the grotesque genre of sans serif typefaces prove useful on occasions where a distinct yet harmonious
presented the way forward. The somewhat anonymous, contrast between serif and sans serif is required.”
ff Celeste Sans

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

a a a a
Extra Bold Extra Bold Italic Black Black Italic

Q n B z
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

d g A w
Extra Bold Extra Bold Italic Black Black Italic

e K u j
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic
ff Celeste Small Text | 1994 Now available in OpenType
Pro and Offc/Offc Pro.
Chris Burke

enlightenment
Twenty-first century Humanism
Scientific Skepticism and the Scientific Method

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agnosticism
a skeptical approach to questions
Xenophanes of Colophon
anaxagoras
lord of the assembly
The Small Text versions are made specifically for of a typeface for use in different sizes. Made ori-
use in small point sizes. The designer adjusted the ginally for the text and footnotes of Chris Burke’s
thickness of the strokes and the proportions of the book “Paul Renner: The Art of Typography” (Hyphen
letters, so that they are easier to read in small sizes Press, London, 1998), the family was extended for
than the original – much like in the days of lead publication as a FontFont.
type when it was common to cut different punches
ff Celeste Small Text

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

G f h u
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

z j g O
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

q Y s d
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

r g e M
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic
ff Brokenscript | 1991 Now available in the
new Office format.
Just van Rossum

Johannes Gutenberg
Blåcklëttêr
Synonym for Barbaric
Charlemagne
Carolus Imperator Augustus
Aberdeen Bestiary
Early Example Of Textualis
manuscript
Alphabet of the Gothic Language
A study in blackletter Textualis typefaces.
There is a peace symbol included.
ff Cocon | 2001 Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
Evert Bloemsma

life stage of undergoing transformation


Social-Networking
On Caterpillars And Butterflies
←↑→↓↖↗↘↙▼◀●▶▲
protective covering for the pupa
ExoskelET
Countdown: 12.32,00:14.456
Cambrian explosion of animals
We all know the small spurs of the lowercase letters typeface. Beginning with the lower case a, he drew
a, b, d, g, h, m, n, p, q, r and u. They are relics of the a family of rounded yet rather asymmetrical forms
hand-written word where a round form is attached with details reminiscent of brush-strokes. The in-
to a straight line. Bloemsma decided to find out dividual letters are rather neutral, but as a group
what the result would be if they were left off; this make FF Cocon a typeface of spirit and character.
proved a difficult starting point for the design of a
ff Dagny | 2009 Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
Örjan Nordling, Göran Söderström

Reshuffling Of Genes (0123456789 [0123456789])

random changes
The Encoded Genetic Information
Ravnegård fatale
Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace

Natural Selection
Change in the Genetic Material
Mõđèŗń Ëvǿłūŧïôŋăŕŷ Şyňťħëšíş
In 2002, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (dn) serif for Sweden’s largest daily newspaper. This became
changed from broadsheet to tabloid – a change that came dn Grotesk which now has evolved into ff Dagny. For the
along with a major impact on dn’s journalism, editing and FontFont Library several adjustments were made, the cont­
design. Pangea design’s Creative Director, Örjan Nordling, rast in stroke thickness was reduced for better legibility in
had already worked with dn as a design consultant in 1996. small sizes and characters were redesigned together with
In 2000, dn had been redesigned under the leadership of the FontFont TypeDepartment. The family now includes a
Mario Garcia. For the new design Nordling had created range of consistent weights from Thin to Black making it
dn Bodoni exclusively for Dagens Nyheter. The change perfect for use in body text and all kind of other applica­
to tabloid called for a more compact setting and Pangea tions. The name Dagny is an abbreviation of Dagens Nyhe­
design was commissioned to produce a matching sans ter as well as an old nordic female name meaning “new day”.
ff Dax | 1995–2000, Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
ff Dax Compact | 2006
Hans Reichel

Codex on the Flight of Birds


dansk Smørrebrød
↑↓→↔←⇧⇩⇨⇔⇦⓪①②③…⑳
Aerodynamics
Velocity Raised to the Second

АВТОПИЛОТ
Höchstgeschwindigkeit 1234,8 km/h
Hans Reichel’s first design to be published by FSI was FF Dax Compact is a useful extension of the FF Dax family. The main
FF Dax Condensed (1995) which developed from the idea difference in comparison to the regular version is that ascenders
of combining the clarity of a narrow Futura with a “slightly and descenders are relatively small and the upper case letters
roman touch” to make a space-saving but very legible type- have the same height as the lower case letters with ascenders.
face of timeless design. Very characteristic for the typeface That makes the typeface appearing larger and more compact,
are the missing spurs in the d, g, m, n, p, q, r and u. although set in the same point size. The width is somewhere bet-
  The family quickly grew to include the wider, but still ween FF Dax Condensed and FF Schmalhans. The FF Dax Compact is
narrow, FF Dax, followed by FF Dax Wide, less space- especially suitable for headlines in magazines, newspapers, for
saving than its predecessors but still on the slender side. posters, flyers ... whenever a little more noise is needed.
And, in keeping with tradition, available in six weights:
Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Extra Bold and Black.
ff DIN | 1995–2009 ff DIN finally has a
Condensed Italic. It is
Albert-Jan Pool available in OT, Pro, Offc
and Offc Pro. In addition
the complete ff DIN Pro
family speaks Cyrillic now!

{N5−22,42 ×103 M⅞[∆8¬∂7]}
КРЫЛЬЯ
Машинные запчастие
Шот әкеліңізші
T Minus: 9876543210
Новый Эскалатор
In 1994, in San Francisco, Albert-Jan Pool and Erik Spiekermann took a cab together
from the ATypI conference to the airport. Spiekermann knew that Pool’s employer went
true italics and also some alternative characters, such as the “i” with a round dot and
the lower case figures. With time, FF DIN Condensed was added, as well as Greek
bust, so he told him that if he wanted to earn some money with type design, he should and Cyrillic versions. The shape of the new FF DIN differs from the original mostly by
have a look at fonts such as OCR and DIN. At the same time, he invited Pool to Berlin to thinner horizontal strokes and by more fluent curves. Despite its primitive, technical
discuss the idea in detail. One year later, FontFont published Pool’s typeface FF OCR-F, look and the clear reference to the German motorway signboards, FF DIN became a
followed by the family FF DIN. Spiekermann had the skill to point out an empty space in phenomenon. The typeface has even pervaded book and magazine typography, and it
the market. Digital DIN fonts were available at that time, however, only in two weights found its place in posters of cultural institutions.
and solely in pure geometric shape. Pool designed a family of five weights, he added
ff DIN

NEW
STYL
ES

a a a a
Condensed Light Condensed Light Italic Condensed Condensed Italic

a a a a
Condensed Medium Condensed Medium Italic Condensed Bold Condensed Bold Italic

a a a a
Condensed Black Condensed Black Italic Light Light Italic

a a a a
Regular Italic Medium Medium Italic

a a a a
Bold Bold Italic Black Black Italic
ff Duper | 2009 Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
Martin Wenzel

an organism is any living system

RABAUKEN
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Ğęńëţïċåļľŷ Ãbłē ŧǿ Ïŋţėřbŗéëđ

CELLULARE
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Linnaean Taxonomy
Martin Wenzel’s original idea from 1998 evolved into a kind of alternatives are used in succession, treating vowels and conso-
informal ff Profile in the end. The new FF Duper has a home- nents separately and recognizing even spaces between words for
made touch, but provides of course all typographic qualities of a a lively and hand-made appearance of the typed text. Preliminary
contemporary OpenType font. FF Duper consists of Regular, Bold, versions of the typeface have already been successful in educa-
Regular Italic and Bold Italic weights, supports more than 60 tion and school projects, but there are surely more areas where
langu­ages, has several figure sets and fractions and includes alter- FF Duper perfectly fits in.
native forms for a, g and y as well as a set of arrows, bullets and   The OpenType features, including the varying alternatives, are
ornaments. And there is a special extra: All weights contain three only available in OT and Pro fonts.
versions of each glyph and via an OpenType feature the three
ff Enzo | 2008 Now available in the
new Office format.
Tobias Kvant

Tools are the most important items


Simple Machines
increased dramatically in intelligence
Evolution of Mankind
Observation has confirmed
Mechanical Advantage
Cost of A Proportional Decrease
opposable thumb
Direction or Magnitude of A Force
[(23−5*6)+12⁴−{6+√81})]
FF Enzo is a vigorous sans serif consisting of five weights, headline face, ideal for magazines, posters and such, but
ranging from Thin to Black. It was inspired by type from it will work fine for body text as well. The family includes
the past as well as from the present, giving it quite a unique italics, tabular figures and four sets of small figures.
look. Its short ascenders and descenders makes it a good
ff Folk, ff Folk Rough | 2003 Now available in OpenType
and the new Office format.
Maurizio Osti, Jane Patterson, Ben Shahn

→←◎• ThE SHaPE of COntENT (1960)

SaCcO ANd VANzetTi


jeRSey HOMeStEadS mUrAl

SoCiAL ReaLIsM
PoLitICal ConcERNS Of his tIMe
SEpTeMbEr 12, 1898 – maRcH 14, 1969
ff foLk Is A foNT based ON bEN shaHN’S lEt- bESt cAPTuRE THe viBRaNT varIEtY preseNT
TERing usED In hiS painTINgs and lItHOgraPhs. In THe ORIGiNAL aRT. it IS thEreFoRe posSiBLe
tHe Ben sHAHn fOLK ALpHABEt WAs OriGiNaLLy To CoMpOSe teXt By combINInG UpPercAse
cREaTED As LETtERING In 1940 aNd REcOnsT- ANd loWERcase INTERChanGeablY (UPpERCasE
ructEd aND redesigneD BY mAurIZIo oSti And OnLY, lowercase only, aNd upPER and LOwER-
JaNe PATTeRSOn in 1995 WITH ThE CoNsent CaSe) TO AChIeVe A More persONALly ARTiSTIC
aNd APpRoVAl oF mRs. BErnaRDA SHaHn AND effEcT. fF foLK ReGUlAr iS InSPiRED by “brInG
tHE EStAtE OF ben shaHn unDer LIcEnsE FRom BACk OUR SoNs FRoM fAr” (GOuAcHe And Gold
VaGA (NEW YorK). shAhn oriGinallY DreW hiS LEAf; 40 x 26 incHeS); ff fOLk ROuGH by tHe
aLPhABeT TaKInG InSPirAtIOn fRoM VErnACULaR GraPHIC WorK “IMmORTaL WorDs” 1958. (siLK-
SHAPEs – a “leTtering For tHE ILliTERaTe” SCrEEn in blAck, 15 x 20 InChES). fF fOlK lIght
AND he callEd IT “fOlK alPhABET” . hE FElT THaT AND Ff fOLK rouGh light havE BEen drAWN to
lEtTERS ANd WORDs ShOUld hAvE ThE sAME cOMplEte The fAmILy. ben SHAhn WAS boRN
IMporTaNCE AS imAgEs AnD dRAWINgs, aND In KovNo, lIThuaNIA IN 1898, and mOVed To thE
HE COMbinEd THeM In hIs WORk. MauRIzIO OsTi UnITed StateS iN 1906. HE dIeD in 1969. at aN
HAs DESiGnEd a fAmIlY Of fontS. HE RecreAted EARly aGE HE DEvElOPed A pAsSiOn FOR LETTe-
tWO cHAraCTEr SHaPEs foR eacH lEtteR (One RiNG, AnD WHiLe a lithoGRAPHEr, he DEVElOpEd
foR THE upPErcASe KeyMAp PoSITion AnD ONE A GREat UNDERstaNdING Of thIS ArtisTIc Dis-
fOR The LOWERCASe KEYmap POsitIon) that ciPline.
ff Folk, ff Folk Rough

a
Light
a
Regular
a
Rough Light
a
Rough Regular

Light
g s
Regular
B
Rough Light
c
Rough Regular

Light
q e
Regular
n
Rough Light
k
Rough Regular

Light
r z w
Regular Rough Light
i
Rough Regular

x
A One
h
Regular
t
Rough Light
O
Rough Regular
ff Mach | 2009 New FontFont

Łukasz Dziedzic

Ernst Mach
they flying faster than sound
Energy
A Flow to Supersonic
НЕПОБЕДИМЙ#28371
Sound Barrier
The very first sketches of FF Mach were drawn in 2004 logo and title graphics. The new font worked well but
when a colleague who planned a new Polish magazine unfortunately, after the magazine failed three months
about culture and arts asked Łukasz Dziedzic for a later, it was never used again until Łukasz decided in
logo – there was neither time nor money, so he did it 2008 to redraw all the glyphs in order to remove the
quickly and for free. The logo was met with approval traces of that speedy work, and in the end he designed
and Łukasz was asked for some sample covers and a a complete new type family with six weights and three
few days later for the whole layout – again immedia- widths without any curve in the whole family. But there
tely and free of charge. Łukasz agreed with mixed are hundreds of inventive alternates and ligatures for
feelings, thinking this might be a chance to use some setting tight, interconnected wordshapes.
of his fonts and even make a new one based on the
ff Mach

NEW

a a a a
Condensed Thin Condensed Light Condensed Condensed Medium

a a a a
Condensed Bold Condensed Black Thin Light

a a a a
Regular Medium Bold Black

a a a a
Wide Thin Wide Light Wide Wide Medium

a a W g
Wide Bold Wide Black Condensed Thin Condensed Light
ff Masala, ff Masala Script | 2009 New FontFont

Xavier Dupré

Indian Cuisine Spices


Kraft & Stella
Biblical Poem Song of Solomon
Cinnamon Bark
№ 012345678 № 0123456789

MUSTARD
Nettes Essen in Nizza
FF Masala is as unctuous as a curry sauce with a hint of Script versions with swashes, right for logos and packaging
chili to add zest. The initial idea for FF Masala was to offer as well as comics or children’s book covers. Despite its laid-
a casual Sans matching FF Tartine Script. After rethinking back nature, FF Masala has as much typographic prowess
and refining, FF Masala became a truly casual type system as any serious sans serif. Ligatures, fractions, case-sensitive
with three Sans weights and their Italics plus three powerful forms and a full set of figure styles are included.
ff Masala,
ff Masala Script

NEW

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

a a a a
Black Black Italic Script Regular Script Bold

a t o N
Script Black Regular Italic Bold

b K w a
Bold Italic Script Regular Script Bold Script Black

A c g e
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic
ff Meta | 1991–2003 Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
Erik Spiekermann

System is a set of interacting or interdependent entities

μετά σύστημα
Çőŋvëňŧïōʼn ŏf Přǿpęrţŷ
Μυ Έψιλον Ταυ Αλφα
structure, defined by parts and their composition

interconnectivity
←↑0123456789↘↙
Soft Systems Methodology
Processing And Outputs of Material
ff Meta was originally (1985) conceived as a typeface for to as the Helvetica of the 90s – not necessarily a comp-
use in small point sizes. Against its intended purpose, liment. It is used a lot in magazines, from the Normal
ff Meta very quickly became one of the most popular weight in small point sizes for captions up to the Black
typefaces of the computer era, and has been referred version for large headlines.
ff Meta Serif | 2007 Now available as
Offc and Offc Pro.
Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz,
Kris Sowersby

Arrangement of “Poetic Feet”


unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable

Aristotle’s
vowel length and intonation
{[(0123456789 ⋅ 0123456789)]}
The Iambic Pentameter
It took three years and three designers to develop approach obviously hadn’t worked well enough, so they
ff Meta Serif: Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and decided to trust their experience instead. They changed
Kris Sowersby. All through the nineties, Erik Spiekermann the metrics so that the letters are not mathematically
had made several attempts at designing a companion identical, but optically the same. Now what you see is
for his original ff Meta. Colleagues had frequently been what you get. And they discarded the idea of a tighter
asking him which serif face would best fit to ff Meta. He spacing to make it appear darker. After much trying,
recommended Swift, Concorde, Minion, ff Clifford and comparing, generating fonts and printing out samples,
others until he realized that he should just make his own the final formula for a new Meta was found: two percent
serif Meta. At the beginning of 2005 Erik finally admitted heavier and two percent more condensed than the sans.
to himself that he was stuck – all of his sketches looked   Erik van Blokland’s sophisticated technology “Super-
like ff Meta with serifs added, not like a serif typeface polator” helped to extend the family, although manual
that could survive on its own. He needed fresh eyes, so corrections were always necessary: the spirit of a type-
he got Christian involved who, in turn, asked Kris to take face can still not be delegated to software.
on some of the workload. Obviously, a serif Meta would   While it is a typeface that can stand up on its own in a
need to fit in with the existing ff Meta family. After wide range of applications, the extra benefit is its close
drawing the first weights the designers saw that there relationship to the original ff Meta, its sans serif sister.
was still something wrong: the serifs were too strong so The two families can be mixed in the same line and one
that both families didn’t really go well together in the can be used to accentuate the other. Using both on the
same line, despite identical x-heights. The theoretical same page adds variety and meaning to a text.
ff Mister K Dingbats | 2009 New FontFont

Julia Sysmäläinen

c73c38Xc03 Vc25 Xc06 OVc21 Vc43EOc02 V


Qd01d02d03d04d05d06d07d08d09Ed10d11d12
o65p21Xo15QWl37Vh22f92 Op06p18Qo34Eo08
c49c50c51c52c53c54c55c62Vc63c64c70
a01QWa02Oa03Wa05a08a11Ea12a16Xa17
f07,BE<Ha25f77 OVl17f55
d62d68d65d66d67 Vd69d70d71d73d74QWd76d77d78d79d80d81Wd82d83d84d85d86
Itwa It was a great temptation and challenge to design and “low” connections; and stylistic alternates allowing
ff Mister K, a typeface inspired by manuscripts of Franz for different kinds of crosshatching, underlining, etc.
Kafka and named after main characters of the novels   Not only for the sake of completeness but also because
“Das Schloß” and “Der Prozess”. Kafka’s manuscripts reveal of the influences Kafka took from Russian literature, espe-
a unique handwriting style with strong calligraphic fea- cially Dostoevsky, Cyrillic characters are in the making,
tures. Looking closer, glyph shapes derived from the Latin using Kafka’s German script and popular Russian hand-
as well as the German script popular in Austro-Hungary writing of the beginning of the 20th century as sources.
at the beginning of the 20th century can be distinguished ff Mister K Dingbats is a separate font containing a wide
in different texts. In designing the typeface, a balance had range of pictograms, from animals, plants, stars, famous
to be found between Kafka’s strong and partly excentric buildings, faces, food, flags, arrows, to various symbols
letterforms and new forms to enable a steady typographic for sports, hobbies, professions, traffic, wheather, …you
flow. Technically, Mister K is available in OpenType format name it.
and includes: several hundred ligatures (2-, 3-, 4-characters)   For further information on using ff Mister K Dingbats
which reflect typical sequences in different languages and please refer to the comprehensive User Guide.
reduce repetitions; alternate glyphs for “high”, “medium”
ff Mister K Dingbats

NEW

t04 f03 h37 c28


a30 c45 p08 c64
Liga-Feature + Keycode: t04 f03 h37 c28

a04 d11 c30 w03


a30 c45 po8 c64

h14 f75 d19


a04 d11 c30 w03

c25
o29 p46 o59 c06
c25 h14 f75 d19

o29 p46 o59 c06


ff Market | 1996 Now available in the
new Office format.
H. A. Simon

Tomatoes 3lb Bag → $2⁷⁹


REDUZIERT
L'épicier vendait des épices
★ 160.843¥ ★
½kg Hühnchenbrust für 2⁴⁵€
Dönertasche
FF Market was first drawn for use in promotional material for a few
of H. A. Simon’s jobs. The positive reaction he received from clients
sale promotions, etc. FF Market is not a high point in typography, but
the right shop-window type: practical but not impersonal, neutral but
and users, and the fact that it was being used in instances beyond noticeable. Each weight contains ligatures of international currency
its original intention, inspired Mr. Simon to re-draw and extend the abbreviations as well as superior and inferior numbers for making
design. As the name suggests, the typeface lends itself for use in the fractions or listing cents.
marketplace: advertisements, posters, stickers, packaging, point-of-
ff Netto | 2008 Now available in the
new Office format.
Daniel Utz

Wayfinding in Architecture
rasÀsMsNsàsEsFsGtI

ORIENTATION SYSTEM
rdsJsosÆsçsHsÇsitO

Airport Distance: 87263519


rbsòsîsjsAsósÍsïtÏ

global positioning
Starting from the idea to develop a no-frills typeface with Besides the alphabet Daniel designed a whole lot of icons and
as little historical ballast as possible Daniel Utz designed arrows – very useful for information and orientation systems.
FF Netto: He reduced the letter forms to their characteristic Weights and sizes have been carefully adjusted to be perfect
basic shapes and removed all dispensable details. He adjusted for combinations with the text faces. By using the border ele-
the stroke weight unobtrusively, keeping the geometric const- ments you have plenty of options to arrange and group the
ruction principle and thus optimizing legibility and balance of pictogrammes. Both FF Netto and FF Netto Icons come in
the typeface. three weights.
ff Prater | 2000 Now available in OpenType
– with easy access to alternate
Henning Wagenbreth, Steffen Sauerteig glyphs for variation – and in
the new Office format.

alcohOLiC bevErAge
Brewpubs and Regional Breweries
The Amylolytic Process
International Bitterness Units scale
Saccharomyces uvarum
Once the Fermentation Is Complete
Urdeutsches Hefeweizen
12–14 °C (53–57 °F) for cask ales to be served
The fonts of the FF Prater family were designed with the spon- other. For this reason the designers chose to make two versions of
taneity of illustrations in mind. Wagenbreth and Sauerteig have every character so that the user can switch between them when
tried to digitally recreate the irregularities of handwriting necessary to guarantee a handwritten look. With the OpenType
through variation in line width and angle as well as letter spa- version of the fonts the second alternate letter even appears
cing. The danger of such a lively face is that it loses its integrity automatically.
if two identical “handwritten” characters are placed next to each
ff Prater

a a a a
Sans Regular Sans Bold Serif Regular Serif Bold

a a a a
Script Regular Block Block Background Block Fill

e n G i
Sans Regular Sans Bold Serif Regular Serif Bold

B s k g
Script Regular Block Block Background Block Fill

o g h R
Sans Regular Sans Bold Serif Regular Serif Bold
ff Providence, ff Providence Sans | 1994 Now available in OT/Pro
and Offc/Offc Pro.
Guy Jeffrey Nelson ff Providence Pro even
speaks Greek.

0123456789 • 0123456789
Early Sketches
Sequential Narrative

comics
••••••••
HÅŁfŢØŊĒ
χαρακτήρας κωμικός
The FF Providence family was first drawn in 1987 rative. In 1994 the typefaces were completed with
for use in a comic book series – FF Providence Sans additional dingbats, and named after the designer’s
for the dialog, and the serif form for running nar- home town in Rhode Island, USA.
ff Providence,
ff Providence Sans

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

a a S b
Sans Regular Sans Bold Regular Italic

c w j N
Bold Bold Italic Sans Regular Sans Bold

e M n g
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

X s i R
Sans Regular Sans Bold Regular Italic
ff Quadraat, ff Quadraat Sans | 1997–2008 Now available in the
new Office format.
Fred Smeijers

1029834 Hand Lettered Inscriptions


calligraphic practice
Famous English Monasteries
Gothic Calligraphy
715–720: Lindisfarne gospels
Monospaced Characters
Enlightenment (1687)
Originally designed for the Dutch design company with the make use of well adapted sans serif variations. ff Quadraat
same name (now it is called the “Lab”), ff Quadraat combines which started with a serif version follows this young tradi-
Renaissance elegance with contemporary ideas on const- tion. Sans serif typefaces can look very much alike, especially
ruction and form. Over the years several versions have been in the bolder variations. This is certainly not the case with
designed: ff Quadraat Sans and Serif, Display and Head- ff Quadraat Sans. ff Quadraat Sans is like its serif companion
liner. The fonts in FF Quadraat Display are strong, but they a typeface with a rather strong character of its own. Thus, it
aren’t of the loud-mouthed, fun-font variety. They strive was not that easy for the designer Fred Smeijers to make a
for a sort of noticeability we don’t see much anymore. The gesture as strong as its serif companion without neglecting
ff Quadraat Sans follows a trend which was originated by Jan traditional proportions. But he obviously succeeded in giving
van Krimpen who designed Romulus, a classical typeface the sans version a lively and humane character. This can be
and to which he added some sans serif variations. It was not most clearly seen in big word images and is still there in text
until the late eighties that this idea became more popular. The sizes, although in a more discreet way. So ff Quadraat Sans
well known designs from our days are itc Stone or ff Scala has display qualities, is an efficient typeface and suitable for
for example. Both typefaces give designers the opportunity to longer texts at the same time.
ff Speak | 2007 Now available in the
new Office format.
Jan Maack

Cylindrical Pasta of Italian Origin

semolina
Establishment of Pasta
UNO SpaghettO
National Macaroni Manufacturers
{[(01234*56789)]}
Bûckwhëåt
Only Served With Hot Tomato Sauce
FF Speak is a humanist Sans Serif. When Jan Maack was wor- tion. Therefore, he made a light version for talking intimately,
king on FF Speak, his intention was to design a typeface that and the bold version for speaking out loud. Jan also added
could capture the tone of voices of young people talking. So some extra ligatures and thinks his font is very legible, both in
he made the letter forms very vivid and smooth. When they headlines and text. A unique typeface that is like a new voice
speak, they use different intonations, according to the situa- you want to listen to.
ff Super Grotesk | 1999 Now available in the
new Office format.
Svend Smital

Skyscraper
Skin and Bones Architecture
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

STYLE
Auffinden und nicht aufflammen lassen
Barcelona 1929
Prototype Modernist Housing
The font FF Super Grotesk is based on a 1930s design by Arno served as source material for FF Super Grotesk. The original
Drescher which was the most widely used lead-type sans serif character set has been augmented with special symbols and
face in East Germany, the GDR’s equivalent of the un-available characters, alternatives for lowercase a and g, and Old Style
Futura. Today the typeface can only be found in old specimen figures.
books and early East German printed matter, both of which
ff Tisa | 2008 Now available in
Offc and Offc Pro.
Mitja Miklavčič

trunk diameters of up to 4 m


lake balaton
Pǿĩşőŋŏųš Āłķăľõíðŝ
arils are mature in 6–9 months

sumatra
0°23'0" South, 101°46'0"East
▸ Botanic ● Gardens ◂
Especially the Longbow
Slovenian designer Mitja Miklavčič drew ff Tisa to unique design details, including slightly exaggerated
meet the technological and aesthetic requirements of ink traps and a fairly upright italic, becoming evident
modern magazine use. His primary goal was to develop in display applications. The typeface was selected by
a softer, more dynamic version of a nineteenth-century the tdc judges for a Certificate of Excellence in Type
slab serif wood type. A large x-height and pronounced Design in 2007.
serifs make ff Tisa extremely legible in text sizes, its
ff Trixie | 1991 Now available in
Offc and Offc Pro.
Erik van Blokland

Secret_Agent
Code:018923
ДРУЖБА
μυστικός πράκτορας
UNDERCOVER
Federal•Bureau
Perhaps the most used typewriter in the after all. FF Trixie is a highly detailed
world. In the beginning FF Trixie was seen typeface that captures the roughness and
as silly: why make a font that makes ones irregularities of an old typewriter.
expensive desktop publishing supercomputer FF Trixie has become an accurate document
look like an old typewriter? History has of one particular typewriter. All the
the answer: because it looks cool and it’s characters have kept their faults. The
fun to use. Especially the capital “X” of characters vary in height, rotation and
FF Trixie Plain is famous, because it is distance to the baseline as much as the type
the X files logo. Perhaps FF Trixie was produced by the original machine.
designed by strange beings from outer space
ff Typestar | 1998 Now available in the
new Office format.
Steffen Sauerteig

Space Exploration
TECHNOLIGIA
Tëçhñó-Prøgrêssìvïšm
SEMICONDUCTORS
PARTICLE GENERATOR
HARDWARE
Code*0194783*
FF Typestar from eBoy is a collection of five unaf- necessary for office communication and the OCR
fected fonts for the working world – the classic variation is a monospaced alternative for more me-
typewriter meeting the demands of modern com- chanical moments.
munication. The four basic weights offer everything
ff Yoga | 2009 New FontFont

Xavier Dupré

Energy Consumption

SUBWAY
Urban Population Density

012:34.568,19
Automobile Dependency
fåhŗğãşŧféŋšťer
Underground 1863
The ff Yoga family is a type system conceived to work for an original headline face with their subtly chiseled coun-
newspapers and magazines thanks to its strong persona- ters inspired by blackletters. ff Yoga mixes the harshness
lity and good legibility. The Serif weights with their sturdy of blackletters with the balanced rhythm and round shapes
serifs are a good choice for body text, but they also serve as of the Garalde typefaces.
ff Yoga

NEW

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

x w K j
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

G n u s
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

g f e D
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

v z y O
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic
ff Yoga Sans | 2009 New FontFont

Xavier Dupré

Associated Skills and Techniques

Aċçêśșìbïłiŧÿ
Pedestrian Exposure
0123456789 | 0123456789

TRAFFIC
Designated Market Areas
SIGNBOARD
extensions and embellishments
The ff Yoga family is a type system conceived to work for and good legibility. ff Yoga Sans is a contemporary alterna-
newspapers and magazines thanks to its strong personality tive to Gill Sans and a sober companion to ff Yoga Serif.
ff Yoga Sans

NEW

a a a a
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

W n g p
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

c t G e
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

D k d r
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic

o g S R
Regular Italic Bold Bold Italic
D
C c
B b

J
I i
H h

O o
N n

U u
T t

N
E e
d

L l
K k
j

R r
Q q
P p

X x
W w
V v

SS ß
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