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STACK ’Em UP! U S E R ’S MA N UA L FOR TH E F F M ASSIVE T YPEFACE SYSTEM


stacking fun F F

Massive

for everyone


Welcome FF Massive is a typeface system designed by Amsterdam based designer Donald Beekman. With original sketches dating back as far as 2001, FF Massive already has a long history and has since been used in many DBXL designs. FF Massive is suitable for logos, flyers, posters and magazine headlines. Be it drum’n’bass, techno or trance, FF Massive has a distinct musical background. With its 2010 release the FF Massive OT family was expanded with an extra outline version into eight different Open Type fonts, divided in four variations which together form a versatile typo­graphic system. The eight different FF Massive variations enable the user to compose a number of combinations, which can lead to surprising results, especially with the use of contrasting colours. This manual will explain how the FF Massive type system is best employed. Enjoy! ORIGINAL MASSIVE SKETCH (2001)

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EXAMPLES IN USE

Vinylized beeld.indd 1

Vinylized label outl.indd 1

Poster for modern dance performance ‘KICKS’ (2005)

13-06-2007 12:04:51

04-10-2007 17:36:12

FLYER + RECORD LABEL FOR DANCE MUSIC COMPETITION ‘VINYLIZED’ (2007)

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EXAMPLES IN USE

LOGOS FOR HIPHOP PRODUCER’S COMPETITION ‘DROP DIE BEAT’ (2009)

DBXL T-SHIRT (2010)

LOGO FOR DDBF - DUTCH DRUM’N’BASS ONLINE FORUM (2009)

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WEIGHTS FF Massive was designed in eight different variations. Four different weights, in two line thicknesses. The eight variations are: 1. FF Massive 1 Line is the basic outline version with a thin outline:

FF Massive 1 Line 2. FF Massive 2 Line is the basic outline version with a thicker outline, more suitable for smaller text:

FF Massive 2 Line

3. FF Massive 1 Solid is the solid equivalent of 1 Line. The inner shapes and the spaces between the letters are of the same line thickness as the outlines of the 1 Line weight:

FF Massive 1 Solid

4. FF Massive 2 Solid is the solid equivalent of 2 Line. The inner shapes and the spaces between the letters are of the same line thickness as the outlines of the 2 Line weight:

FF Massive 2 Solid

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WEIGHTS The FF Massive 1 Line and 2 Line weights were split in two parts: FF Massive 1 Top contains the inner shapes of 1 Line, FF Massive 1 Base contains the outline shapes. FF Massive 2 Top contains the inner shapes of 2 Line, FF Massive 2 Base contains the outline shapes. 5. FF Massive 1 Base is the bottom layer of 1 Line:

FF Massive 1 Base 6. FF Massive 2 Base is the bottom layer of 2 Line:

FF Massive 2 Base 7. FF Massive 1 Top is the top layer of 1 Line:

FF Massive 1 Top 8. FF Massive 2 Top is the top layer of 2 Line:

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BASIC CHARACTER SETS FF MASSIVE 1 LINE

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/1234 567890/ €%!?&$¶¥

FF MASSIVE 1 SOLID

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12345 67890/€ %!?&$¶¥ 8


BASIC CHARACTER SETS FF MASSIVE 1 TOP

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12 34 567890/ €%!?&$¶¥

FF MASSIVE 1 BASE

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12345 67890/€ %!?&$¶¥ 9


BASIC CHARACTER SETS FF MASSIVE 2 LINE

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12 34 567890/ €%!?&$¶¥

FF MASSIVE 2 SOLID

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12345 67890/€ %!?&$¶¥ 10


BASIC CHARACTER SETS FF MASSIVE 2 TOP

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12 34 567890/ €%!?&$¶¥

FF MASSIVE 2 BASE

ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXY Z/abcde fghijkl mnopqr stuvwx yz/12345 67890/€ %!?&$¶¥ 11


COMBINATIONS - HIGHLIGHTING FF Massive Solid weights can be used as a highlight effect in combination with the FF Massive Line weights, as both Solid and Line weights have the same height. FF Massive 1 Line highlighted with FF Massive 1 Solid:

stacking is good clean fun for each and every one Or FF Massive 2 Line highlighted with FF Massive 2 Solid:

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COMBINATIONS – LINE WEIGHTS FF Massive 1 Line and FF Massive 2 Line can be combined in any size. The outlines of the characters overlap precisely, leaving an even single line between them. The line thickness of 2 Line is twice that of Line1. So when text set in Line1 is combined with text set in 2 Line half the size, the combined text will have exactly the same line thickness. For example:

SUPERSIZED FF MASSIVE 1 Line - 60 POINTS

FF MASSIVE 2 Line - 30 POINTS

Additional kerning is needed to make the connections exactly right, but words combined this way can be made into cool logos and headlines:

DRUM AND

|

MATCHING LINE THICKNESS

BASE

LINEUP

ALL STaR

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COMBINATIONS - STACKING Time for some stacking. The different weights of FF Massive can be layered on top of each other. This way the outline and inner shapes can be given different colours, creating a distinctive effect. The FF Massive weights can be combined in three different ways: COMBINATION 1: Top stacked on top of Base gives an even outline all around the characters. 1 Top on top of 1 Base gives a thin outline: 2 Top on top of 2 Base gives a thicker outline:

STACK ‘EM UP! COMBINATION 2: Top stacked on top of Solid gives lines above and below the characters. 1 Top on top of 1 Solid gives a thin line: 2 Top on top of 2 Solid gives a thicker line:

STACK ‘EM UP! COMBINATION 3: Solid stacked on top of Base gives outlines right and left of the characters. 1 Solid on 1 Base gives a thin line: 2 Solid on 2 Base gives a thicker line:

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COMBINATION 1 - How to stack the Top weight on top of the Base weight. Create a text box with a headline set in FF Massive 1 Base (here in yellow):

Duplicate the text box, change the type to FF Massive 1 Top, change the colour (in this case to blue):

Place both boxes exactly on top of each other, the end result looks like this:

The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Top on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker outline:

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COMBINATION 1 - Alternative stacking method Create a text box, type a headline text and set it in FF Massive 1 Base (here in yellow):

STACK ‘EM UP! Copy the text to the next line, change the type to FF Massive 1 Top, change the colour (here to blue):

STACK ‘EM UP! Set the leading (line spacing) of the second line to 0 points, the end result looks like this:

STACK ‘EM UP! The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Top on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker outline:

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COMBINATION 1

Close up of FF Massive 1 Top stacked on top of FF Massive 1 Base

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COMBINATION 2 - How to stack the Top weight on top of the Solid weight. Create a text box with a headline set in FF Massive 1 Solid (here in green):

Duplicate the text box, change the type to FF Massive 1 Top, change the colour (in this case to red):

Place both boxes exactly on top of each other. FF Massive 1 Top on top of FF Massive 1 Base:

The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Top on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker line:

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COMBINATION 2

Close up of FF Massive 1 Top stacked on top of FF Massive 1 Solid

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COMBINATION 2 - Alternative stacking method Create a text box, type a headline text and set it in FF Massive 1 Solid (here in green):

STACK ‘EM UP! Copy the text to the next line, change the type to FF Massive 1 Top, change the colour (here to red):

STACK ‘EM UP! Set the leading (line spacing) of the second line to 0 points, the end result looks like this:

STACK ‘EM UP! The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Top on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker line:

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COMBINATION 3 - How to stack the Solid weight on top of the Base weight. Create a text box with a headline set in FF Massive 1 Base (here in orange):

Duplicate the text box, change the type to FF Massive 1 Solid, change the colour (here to purple):

Place both boxes exactly on top of each other. The end result looks like this:

The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Solid on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker line:

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COMBINATION 3

Close up of FF Massive 1 Solid stacked on top of FF Massive 1 Base

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COMBINATION 3 - Alternative stacking method Create a text box, type a headline text and set it in FF Massive 1 Base (here in orange):

STACK ‘EM UP! Copy the text to the next line, change the type to FF Massive 1 Solid, change the colour (here to purple):

STACK ‘EM UP! Set the leading (line spacing) of the second line to 0 points, the end result looks like this:

STACK ‘EM UP! The same can be done with FF Massive 2 Solid on top of FF Massive 2 Base, giving a thicker line:

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BORDERS AND PATTERNS Adding to the graphic fun of FF Massive, the 1 Base and 2 Base weights can also be used to create abstract graphic patterns and borders: FF MASSIVE 1 Base – 30 / 24

Abstract Borders OR PaTTerns can be Created Using The Two massive BasE weights, leaving a distinctive effect AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ZIZIZIZIZIZIZIZIZIZIZ csacsacsacsacsa funkyfuckyfucky 24


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