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FontFont in 2011

&

annual report

&


PREFACE

2011

marked the most exciting year in FontFont history. The innovations that we launched this year received a warm welcome in the design and development communities and beyond.

The Wonderful World of Web FontFonts Almost two years after FontFont became the first

those who prefer subscription services, our coopera-

type manufacturer to release webfonts in the .woff

tion with Typekit offers a safe and easy-to-use alter-

format, the Web FontFont Library has grown into

native. Web developers enjoy designing offline

a Library of 2,500 typefaces. Compatible with more

mockups and webpage layouts with Comp fonts,

than 96% of all browsers, including Mobile Safari,

packaged with webfonts at no additional charge.

webfonts are here to stay. Hundreds of websites currently use the popular ff DIN, ff Dax, ff Meta,

This year, we also improved the magical FontFonter

ff Tisa, as well as many other FontFonts, to set

service. With the help of FontFonter.com users can

themselves apart with beautiful design.

test-drive a large selection of Web FontFonts on any html site. To date, 42 sans serif and 22 serif families

FontFont set standards not only technically, but

are available to preview in various combinations.

also in terms of user-friendliness. Our customers appreciate multiple hosting options. They can host

Subsetter.com, our online FontFont optimizer, which

their Web FontFonts on their own servers, or for

debuted in July, also gained a lot of popularity. Using →


Subsetter, FontFonts can be individually rebuilt, both

Our website FontFont.com, relaunched in April, was

in terms of file size as well as aesthetics. For instance, awarded, not only with the approval of our custo-

the world. They often express their enthusiasm for working with our font technicians.

when you want to use oldstyle figures instead of

mers, but also by the jury of the iF Communication

Our technical experts have performed splendidly

tabular figures or do not need any language support,

Design Awards.

once again in 2011: the entire library is now available in OpenType; the most popular FontFonts are

you can remove unnecessary characters and reduce the size of the webfont by up to 90 %. When several

Our founder, Erik Spiekermann, was honored with

available also in Office and, of course, in Web formats.

weights are being used, small font files can dramati-

his home country’s highest distinction in the field

In order to achieve a clearer structure, we split our

cally lessen the burden of high traffic and speed up

of design, the Design Award of the Federal Republic

library in three tiers, which takes into consideration

the load of the website.

of Germany, for his lifetime achievement.

diverse technical and conceptual needs and provides a better perspective to the FontFont Library.

Moving into Mobile

The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired 23

Recently, the mobile apps market became more

digital typefaces for its Architecture and Design

typographically diverse. FontFont is the first foundry

Collection. Among them ff DIN, ff Meta, ff Blur and

to answer the needs of this market with a customer

ff Beowolf.

friendly offer: Mobile FontFonts. They let you break from the mold of rather dull system fonts, with a simple and economical all-inclusive license.

Ivo Gabrowitsch,

Stellar Staff For us, this successful year served as an incentive to continue our commitment to being the world’s fastest

Amazing Accolades

2011 was indeed the most exciting year for us so far — heavy emphasis on “so far.”

growing library of contemporary typefaces. No other

2011 was also an exciting year for many of our type

foundry offers such a high release frequency of quality

designers. FontFont designers received 11 renowned

fonts. With the release of nearly 20 new or extended

awards in 2011, including those from Type Directors

FontFont Families, we set the bar high again within

Club, istd International Typographic Awards, ATypI’s

the last 12 months. We are particularly proud of the

Type Design Competition Letter.2 and Communica-

fact that we are typographic home to both establis-

tion Arts.

hed, as well as emerging type designers from all over

Marketing Director


fontfont in 2011 january

february

march

april

may

entire FF Library available in OpenType march 30th

typeboard meeting may 23rd

typo berlin may 19th–21st Germany

FF Release Magazine february 23rd FIFTY2|3|4

july

august

comp fonts july 21st included in Web FontFonts page 12

subsetter launch july 7th page 13

Download

1st web fontfont anniversary february 24th FontFont.com relaunch april 4th moma collection january 24th ff Meta, ff DIN, ff Beowolf and ff Blur acquired by MoMA for its Architecture and Design Collection

june

page 8i

release ff55 april 8th New FontFonts ff Spinoza ff More Updates & Extensions ff Meta Hebrew

tdc2011 awards may 9th ff Suhmo ff Tundra page 18

fontbook ipad app launch july 22Nd typecon 2011 july 5th—10th New Orleans, Louisiana, USA release ff56 july 22Nd New FontFonts ff Sero ff Tundra ff Mister K Informal ff Nuvo Mono ff Signa Stencil ff Signa Serif Stencil Updates & Extensions ff Info ff Profile

september october

ATypI 2011 september 14th—17th Reykjavík, Iceland Mobile FontFonts Launch october 11th page 14i

release ff57 october 18th New FontFonts ff Karbid Updates & Extensions ff Nexus ff Unit awards October 14th istd Award October 18th Letter.2 Award October 21st Communication Arts Awards

november december

webfontday/ typotag munich november 18th—19th Germany typeboard meeting november 14th release ff58 november 21st New FontFonts ff Ernestine ff Quadraat ff Quadraat Sans Updates & Extensions ff Signa ff Meta Serif page 21

Library Tiers page 15

Skill Sets

page 18 i

uppercase 2011 october 26th Milan, Italy typo london 2011 october 20th—22Nd United Kingdom

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a.

14

23

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36

d.

FontFont News a.

Mobile FontFonts

b.

ff Karbid, ff Karbid Text, ff Karbid Display b.

ff Signa (Extension)

c.

ff Meta Hebrew

inside fontfont

08

a.

15

a.

25

b.

31

b.

37

c.

43

d.

New fontfont.com

Library Tiers

ff Mister K Informal

ff Signa Stencil & ff Signa Serif Stencil

ff Meta Serif

Facts and Figures

10

17

a.

Improved Webfonts

a.

ff Skill Sets

26

b.

32

b.

ff More

ff Spinoza

38

c.

45

d.

ff Nexus

Type Department

11

a.

18

a.

27

b.

33

b.

39

c.

e.

Websites using Web FontFonts

Awards

ff Nuvo Mono

ff Tundra

ff Profile

almost the end

13

a.

new fontfonts

22

b.

b.

29

b.

fontfont updates

35

c.

40

c.

41

c.

50

e.

12

a.

Comp Fonts included in Web FontFonts

New ! b.

28

c.

ff Quadraat & ff Quadraat Sans

ff Unit

Imprint

Subsetter for Web FontFonts

ff Ernestine

ff Sero

ff Info

New Web FontFonts


GBöp

PKigp

Slang

Max Kisman

Slang

ff Mutilated™

2

Hannes Famira

Slang

ff Rekord™

ff 0069™

1

Fabrizio Schiavi

Neville Brody

Markus Hanzer

Slang Slang

Slang

ff Offline™

5

Slang

Slang

ff Water Tower™

1

Slang ff Snafu™

ff Stamp Gothic®

1

Slang

Just van Rossum

ff Burokrat™

3

Matthias Rawald

1

Slang 1

ff Dynamoe® Just van Rossum

7

6

Slang

Yanek Iontef

Slang

ff Kipp®

ff BeoSans®

20

Just Van Rossum

Slang

10

ff Alega™

6

Siegfried Rückel

Slang

ff Magda®

Cornel Windlin

ff Typestar™ OCR

1

Slang

Steffen Sauerteig

Mindaugas Strockis

Steffen Sauerteig

4

8

ff Suhmo™

Slang

Alex Rütten

Slang

ff Karbid™ Display

Verena Gerlach

ff Nexus®Typewriter

8

Slang 2

6

17

ff Bradlo Slab™ Andrej Krátky

ff Parable™ Chris Burke

ff Celeste® Chris Burke

Slang ff Reminga™ Xavier Dupré

6

Slang 1

ff Angie® Open

Jean François Porchez

8

Slang 4

ff Nexus® Serif Martin Majoor

Slang ff Cellini™ Albert Boton

Slang

6

6

8

Slang ff Quadraat®

Slang

Akira Kobayashi

6

12

4

5

Slang ff Scala Jewel™ Martin Majoor

Martin Majoor

ff Tundra™ Ludwig Übele

Xavier Dupré

Slang ff Seria®

Martin Majoor

Slang ff Holmen™ Per Jørgensen

8

10

5

8

14

Jörg Hemker

Slang ff Masala™

4

ff Yoga Sans™

6

Martin Wunderlich

Albert Pinggera

4

ff Spinoza™ Max Phillips

8

ff Danubia™

Viktor Solt-Bittner

12

4

Morten Olsen

4

Slang ff Absara® Xavier Dupré

Slang

3

14

Xavier Dupré

E. Spiekermann, O. Schäfer

6

4

ff Meta®

Slang

ff Meta® Correspondence Erik Spiekermann

ff Info™ Correspondence

ff Sanuk® Xavier Dupré

8

Slang ff Celeste® Sans

6

Jörg Hemker

12

ff Meta® Headline Erik Spiekermann

10

ff Unit®

E. Spiekermann, Ch. Schwartz

6

ff Absara® Sans Headline Xavier Dupré

10

ff Karbid™ Slab Verena Gerlach

8

Michael Abbink

Xavier Dupré

10

Slang

ff Quadraat® Sans Fred Smeijers

84

ff Clan®

Łukasz Dziedzic

4

ff Scala™ Sans

Slang

Slang

Martin Majoor

4

ff Good™ Headline

30

ff Nexus® Sans Martin Majoor

ff Seria® Sans

12

Martin Majoor

ff Sari™

36

ff Cocon®

Evert Bloemsma

10

Hans Reichel

ff Dax®

Slang

6

ff Kava™ Yanone

20

ff Hydra™

Silvio Napoleone

Slang

Slang

ff Sheriff™ Peter Verheul

4

Slang

2

ff Kath™

Paul H. Neville

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ff Isonorm®

Slang

Robert Kirchner

4

Slang

Paul Sych

Slang

Slang

ff Page Serif™ Albert Boton

Slang

ff Polymorph™

6

Stefanie Schwarz

5

Slang 6

ff Tisa®

Mitja Miklavčič

Erik van Blokland

5

Slang

ff Trade One™ Fabrizio Schiavi

2

ff Franklinstein™ Fabian Rottke

ff Cavolfiore™

1

Slang ff Yokkmokk™ Elke Herrnberger

2

4

ff Stealth™

ff Flava™

Donald Beekman

12

ff Extra™

Slang 3

Paul H. Neville

Jim Parkinson

6

Neville Brody

4

ff Atomium™ Donald Beekman

Slang

1

Donald Beekman

ff Beekman™

2

Donald Beekman

ff Motel Gothic™ Jim Parkinson

2

Peter G. Warren

3

ff Overdose™

Slang Rian Hughes

ff CrashBangWallop™

1

ff Typeface 6&7™

15

Neville Brody

ff Gothic™ Neville Brody

Max Kisman

Slang

4

ff Klunder Script™ 1

Slang ff Zan™

8

Donald Beekman

11

ff Manga™

Theo Nonnen

ff Softsoul™ Donald Beekman

5

Slang

ff Archian™ György Szönyei

Slang ff Pullman™ Factor Design

Slang 5

ff Softsoul™ Donald Beekman

updated on October 2011 | FF 57

size of each font sample is relative to the family size. A count of styles and

in 1990, the ff label became the world’s largest library of

making it easier to find the most suitable face among

alphabet — uppercase, lowercase, ascender, descender,

families. Today, FontFont represents the work of some of

or categorical order, the poster presents the library in an

the family size. A count of styles and weights is shown in

library is recognized as an aesthetic and technical reference

in which fonts are organized by their visual relationship.

contemporary typefaces, containing nearly 750 a cast of thousands. Breaking from the tradition of alphabetical and straights. The of each font to inoriginal an organic, intuitive way. Ittype is a cloud map of typographic forms in which rounds,weights is size shown insample theis relative yellow box next to the font name. the world’s foremost typographers and designers. The organic, intuitive way. It is a cloud map of typographic forms fonts are organized bygraphic their visual relationship. among type experts.

ff Localizer™ Critzla

Donald Beekman

— uppercase, lowercase, ascender, descender, rounds, and straights. The

tradition of alphabetical or categorical order, the poster presents the library

the yellow box next to the font name. For further information on each of the families and the latest releases, please check the foundry website www.fontfont.com.

ff Bionic™ Critzla

Slang

The word “Slang” represents the main components of the Latin alphabet

The word “Slang” represents the main components of the Latin

Slang

Neville Brody

to find the most suitable face among a cast of thousands. Breaking from the The FontFont Map sheds new light on the unique collection,

Critzla

ff Tokyo™

4

ff Totem™

The FontFont Map sheds new light on the unique collection, making it easier Since Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody launched FontFont

Slang

ff Chemo™

Paul Sych

Slang

Slang

Cornel Windlin

ff Dig™

Albert Boton

2

Slang

ff Moonbase Alpha™

Slang

Barbara Klunder

Slang

Alessio Leonardi

Slang

ff Scratch™

ff Cutout™

ff Baukasten™

ff Stoned™

Slang 5

Slang 2

Max Kisman

Slang

Donald Beekman

Slang

1

ff Knobcheese®

Slang

ff Massive™

2

Donald Beekman

Slang 8

ff Golden Gate Gothic™ Jim Parkinson

Donald Beekman

Rian Hughes

Slang 1

ff Automatic™

Slang

ff Amoeba™

Slang Slang ff Droids™

Slang

1

6

Nick Cooke

Slang

ff World™

ff Matinee Gothic™

ff Penguin™

Slang

ff Tsunami™ Donald Beekman

Malcolm Garrett

Slang

6

1

10

3

Slang

ff Revolver™ Rian Hughes

Alessio Leonardi

Donald Beekman

ff Stargate™ Donald Beekman

Neville Brody

Slang

ff Mulinex™

1

Val Fullard

ff Noni™

Slang

2

ff Harlem®

Slang

ff Mambo®

Slang

ff Outlander® Rian Hughes

3

Alessio Leonardi

Slang

3

Slang

Slang

Slang

ff You Can Read Me™ Phil Baines

8

ff Identification® Rian Hughes

6

Slang

slang

ff Letter Gothic Slang™

1

Slang

1

Susanna Dulkinys

Slang

1

ff Zapata™

2

Fabian Rottke

4

Slang

Slang

1

Paul Sych

4

ff Dog™

1

Slang

ff Imperial™

Slang

ff Hip™

Slang

Max Kisman

6

Donald Beekman

Neville Brody

ff Network™

1

ff Screen Logger™ Kai Vermehr

Slang

1

Slang

ff Pop™

2

Slang

Slang

Slang

ff Dirtyfax™

2

Slang

ff Eboy™ Kai Vermehr

3

Martin Wenzel

C. Windlin, S. Müller

Kai Vermehr

9

Max Kisman

Max Kisman

Neville Brody

4

Slang ff Screen Matrix™ Grid

ff Xcreen™

3

ff SubMono™ ff SubVario™

ff Primary™

ff Vortex™

1

ff Rosetta™

Slang

1

FontFont Map The world’s largest library of

ff Liant®

1

Peter Biľak

Slang

Slang

9

S. Sauerteig, K. Vermehr, S. Smital

C. Windlin, S. Müller

Stephan Müller

4

ff Screenstar™

5

ff Dot Matrix™

5

ff Gateway™

Slang

Ingrid Liche

ff Tyson™

1

Slang

FontFont Map

4

Peter Verheul

Slang

Slang

Steffen Sauerteig

Slang

D. Crow, I. Wright

Albert Boton

Slang

3

M. Ignaszak, S. Kisters, A. Koenig

ff District™

8

ff Minimum™ Pierre di Sciullo

Slang

ff Newberlin™

Neville Brody

ff Beadmap™

ff TradeMarker™ Critzla

Slang

18

Slang

Slang

ff Typeface 4™

Slang

Slang 6

ff Studio™ Albert Boton

Steffen Sauerteig

Slang

ff Readout™

4

Kai Vermehr

Slang 1

ff Call™

34

Cornel Windlin

Slang

12

Achaz Reuss

ff Jigger™

Othmar Motter

Slang

Slang ff Luggagetag™

3

Daniel Fritz

4

ff QType®

Slang 6

ff Motter Festival™

4

2

ff Papertape™ Matthias Jordan

ff Ticket™

8

Slang

Critzla, C. Windlin, H. Krause

Slang

Neville Brody

Martin Wenzel

Slang

Joachim Müller-Lancé

ff Dome™

2

ff Marten™

Kai Zimmermann

ff Ginger™

ff Magda™ Clean

ff Lancé™

3

4

Slang

Jürgen Huber

Slang

6

Manfred Klein

Slang

Slang

Slang

Albert Boton

Slang

Slang

26

ff Aircraft™

ff Koberger™

Sami Kortemäki

ff Koko™

5

4

Slang

1

Manfred Klein

Just van Rossum

ff Signa™

1

Slang

ff JohannesG™

Slang

Morten Olsen

H. Reichel

3

ff Nelio™

ff Carolus Magnus™ Manfred Klein

Slang

1

Per Jørgensen

Jürgen Brinckmann

Slang 1

ff Disturbance® Jeremy Tankard

ff Bagel™

Martin L’Allier

Slang

ff Max™

ff Dax® Compact

ff Schmalhans®

7

ff PicLig™

Christina Schultz

ff Humanist™

1

Jürgen Brinckmann

ff Brokenscript™

4

☂ ❀ ☺♥

Slang

slang 3

ff Elegie™ Ornaments Albert Boton

Slang

1

Per Jørgensen

ff Madonna™

Slang

Jan Maack

Ole Søndergaard

Slang

Hans Reichel

ff Karo™

Slang

Daniel Utz

6

3

ff Cube™

Morten Olsen

28

Manfred Klein

Slang

Slang

ff Netto®

3

Slang

Hans Reichel

2

Slang

Jürgen Brinckmann

ff Schoensperger™

Verena Gerlach

ff Max Demi Serif™

ff Daxline®

14

1

Slang 1

ff Chambers Sans™

Slang 18

Hans Reichel

Slang

ff Letter Gothic Text® Albert Pinggera

Xavier Dupré

Slang 8

ff Falafel™

Slang

ff Ophelia™

1

Jan Maack

Slang Slang

Slang Slang

ff Absara® Sans

ff Speak™

Tobias Kvant

18

14

Jürgen Huber

8

Lukas Schneider

ff Enzo™

10

S lang 1

Jürgen Brinckmann

Slang

Slang

Albert-Jan Pool

ff Plus™

12

Łukasz Dziedzic

Chris Burke

Ole Søndergaard

ff DIN®

Slang

ff Good™

Łukasz Dziedzic

Slang

ff Signa Serif™

8

ff Utility™

5

Albert-Jan Pool

Slang Slang

30

20

Slang

Slang Albert-Jan Pool

Akira Kobayashi

ff Tibere™ Ornaments Banded Albert Boton

ff Catch Words™

ff Lukrezia™

1

1

Jim Parkinson

Slang

Slang Slang ff OCR-F®

3

Slang ff DIN® Round

5

Fred Smeijers

ff Bau™

Christian Schwartz

H. von Döhren, L. Dietzel

ff Unit® Rounded

Slang

Slang

ff Basic Gothic™

E. Spiekermann, Ch. Schwartz

18

Just van Rossum

8

ff Quadraat® Sans Display

2

Svend Smital

Martin Majoor

ff Acanthus® Borders

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S. Sauerteig, K. Vermehr

1

Hans Reichel

•••••

Daniel Utz

ff Scala™ Hands

••••

ff PEECOL™

15

ff Routes™

8

ff Netto® Icons

ff Super Grotesk™

6

ff Schulbuch™

6

Slang

Łukasz Dziedzic

ff Eureka™

14

ff Milo Serif™

ff Dagny™

Slang

Ö. Nordling, G. Söderström

Fred Smeijers

Slang Slang

E. Spiekermann, Ch. Schwartz, K. Sowersby

12

Slang

ff Quadraat® Sans Headliner

8

ÑnK k

Pierre di Sciullo

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Yanek Iontef

Slang

Nick Shinn

Slang

4

ff Cartonnage™ Pict

1

ff Oneleigh™

Slang

Slang Slang Slang Slang Slang

Erik Spiekermann

E. Spiekermann, O. Schäfer

Slang

ff Bradlo Sans™

ff More™

30

Slang 4

ff Info™ Text

Ole Schäfer

4

Evert Bloemsma

ff Parango™

28

3

Slang

Ole Schäfer

ff Avance™

Slang

Michael Abbink

10

Andrej Krátky

Albert Boton

MetaDesign

Ingrid Liche

ff Sero™

ff Legato™

ff Page™ Sans

ff Transit Pict™

1

ff Clair™

5

16

Evert Bloemsma

8

• • • •

ff Flèches™

2

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Akira Kobayashi

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4

ff Care Pack™

1

E.Spiekermann, O. Schäfer, MetaDesign

Viktor Solt-Bittner

Donald Beekman

ff Ginger Icons™ Jürgen Huber

KsehF

ff Info Pict™

7

ff Danubia Script™

1

Slang Slang Slang

Slang Slang Evert Bloemsma

Łukasz Dziedzic

1

ff Atomium Dingbats™

1

ff Clifford™ Borders

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H. Skibbe, O. Stein, J. Erler

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ff Pitu™

3

Slang

Fred Smeijers

MetaDesign

16

Joel Decker

••••

1

Nick Shinn

Jmes7 1

ff Elementary™ Nicole Kapitza

ff Fontesque® Ornaments

1

Rian Hughes

ff Dingbats 2.0™

12

Albert Boton

ff Transit®

ff Balance™

ff Kievit®

ff Fago™

ff Fago™ Correspondence Serif

Slang

ff Meta Serif™

10

8

2

H. Wagenbreth, S. Sauerteig

Slang

ff Inkling™

2

Peter Biľak

Ilang

3

ff Rian’s Dingbats™

4

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•••••

Erik van Blokland

Radaj

ff Masterpiece®

2

Slang

Xavier Dupré

ff Quadraat® Display

ff Prater® Script

Slang

Dario Muhafara

ff Jambono™

ff Elegie™

Slang

Slang

Slang Slang Ole Schäfer

SlangSlang

Slang 2

Slang Slang ff Olsen™

27

ff Govan™

ff Jackie™

4

Slang

Pepe Gimeno

Alessio Leonardi

ff Kosmik Glyphs™

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D. Raven, J. Critchley

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ff Type-Face™ Rian Hughes

ff Handwriter Symbols™

Slang 1

ff Bokka Drawings™

3

ff Pepe™

1

ff Letterine® Archetipetti

RaWeU

Slang

Slang

Slang

Slang 1

5

ff Masala Script™ Xavier Dupré

Slang 6

ff Tarquinius®

E. Spiekermann, O. Schäfer

8

ff Turmino™

6

Slang

ff City Street Type™

Nick Shinn

Norbert Reiners

18

3

Dung van Meerbeeck

ff Fontesque®

Slang 7

ff Amman™ Sans

O. Schäfer, V. Gerlach

14

Xavier Dupré

ff Strada®

18

9

2

Xavier Dupré

Slang

Slang

Barbara Klunder

H. A. Simon

ff Tartine® Script

3

Alessio Leonardi

ff Sale™ Tony Booth

D

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Alessio Leonardi

Guy Jeffrey Nelson

ff DuTurner™

1

3udn

1

Slang

ff Providence® Sans Dingbats

1

Slang

Slang

16

ff Fontesque® Sans Nick Shinn

H. Wagenbreth, S. Sauerteig

3

Erik van Blokland

Slang

Slang

6Tns

ff Headz™ Florian Zietz

John Critchley

•••••

Just van Rossum

Slang

3

2

ff Schulschrift™

Jürgen Brinckmann

ff Market®

3

Julia Sysmäläinen

2CU

1

ff Childʼs Play® Dingbats

1

Julia Sysmäläinen

ff Mister K® OnStage

1

Slang

4

ff Ropsen Script™

2

Slang

Thomas Marecki

ff Letterine®

ff Ottofont™

1

Slang

ff Kosmik®

2

Jan Jedding

ff Prater® Sans

Yanone

Slang

Guy Jeffrey Nelson

Manfred Klein

Guy Jeffrey Nelson

ff Friday, Saturday, Sunday™

Slang

Slang

Just van Rossum

E. Spiekermann, O. Schäfer

ff Wunderlich®

6

David Berlow

ff Advert®

ff Info Display®

Slang

Xavier Dupré

ff Berlinsans™

Slang Slang Slang

Slang

E. Spiekermann, Ch. Schwartz, K. Sowersby

Xavier Dupré

Slang

ff Angkoon™

6

10

ff Zwo®

ff Unit® Slab

ff Absara®

Slang

Peter Biľak

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“At the start of the project we wrote down three goals: easy-to-use, clean, and fast,” said Ivo Gabro­ witsch, Project Lead and fsi

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news new fontfont.com headline: ff Nexus Mix copy: ff Spinoza quotes: ff Unit Rounded names: ff Spinoza more: ff Mister K Informal

In April 2011 we relaunched FontFont.com, the online home for the largest library of contem­ porary type designs. Everything is new and enhanced, from the visual design and navi­ gation to the search functionality and shopping experience. But the most radical improvement is in the presentation of the fonts them­selves.

Marketing Director. “After 10 months of intensive work, this is exactly what the new FontFont.com is about. That, and big, gorgeous typefaces, of course!” We are happy to have received lots of positive feedback about our new website. “Long overdue, but looking great, and so much easier to navigate.” —I Love Typography

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“We weren’t mistaken when we wrote: ‘Knowing FontFont it will be finely crafted and full of FontFont goodness.’ Great work indeed.” ­—Web Standardistas

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news new fontfont.com quotes: ff Unit Rounded names: ff Spinoza more: ff Mister K Informal

“The new [fontfont.com] is a nice experience right through the checkout process. Enjoying the smooth simplicity.” —Nina Stössinger

“The new FontFont just became my go-to for typefaces for logos. The Browse feature is great.” —Elliot Loh

“Oh sweet lord. I’ve just come upon the new @fontfont site at 1:40 am. Looks like bedtime is being kicked down the road an hour.” —Noah Armstrong

“New fontfont.com is a  user-friendly beauty” —Alexander Haase

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“This is more than a new site. We’re putting the brand back on its feet. See as many fonts as immediately as possible. Colour only when necessary. No ornaments, no dross, no dribble.” —Erik Spiekermann

“Can highly recommend viewing FontFont full-screen on a large display... work of art! :)” —Rorie McIntosh


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In February 2010 we released Web FontFonts, marking the beginning of a new era for typography and becoming the first major foundry to offer fonts in WOFF. Since then, WOFF has become the webfont standard; a format now supported by all major browsers. We began with a simple pay-once licensing model and optimized every font for the best possible display across platforms.

news improved web fontfonts headline: ff Spinoza copy: ff Nuvo Mono

File size 60%

In 2011, to celebrate broad WOFF support with the most recent version of Safari, our Type Department further improved the files. Webfonts are now up to 60 % smaller with additional optimization for new versions of Windows and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. Upgraded files are available at no additional cost to previous Web FontFont customers.

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ff Brokenscript, ff Nuvo, ff Tisa → www.bryanlevay.com

ff Meta Serif →www.8faces.com

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ff Tisa →www.friendsoftheweb.com

ff Basic Gothic →www.welcometotakeout.com (small caps used)

news websites using web fontfonts font: ff Nexus Sans url: ff Nexus Serif

ff Cocon

→ www.bodieboost.com

ff Dagny

→ www.cargocollective.com → www.upperdog.se

ff Dax

→ www.metia.com

ff DIN → www.worldmusic.net ff DIN Round → www.swim.de ff DIN Condensed → www.bryanbantry.com ff Duper

→ www.walterthewave.com

ff Enzo

→ www.imposemagazine.com

ff Masala

→ www.growsup.com

ff Meta

→ www.reason.com → www.chicagoist.com → www.mailchimp.com

ff Meta Serif

→ www.propublica.org → www.8faces.com → www.lagardecosta.com

ff Milo Serif & ff Milo → www.teilharddechardin.org ff Dagny →www.typecon.com

ff Netto →www.workatplay.com

ff Netto

→ www.audanika.com

ff Prater Script → www.healthmonth.com → www.brooklynderby.com

ff Sanuk →www.saarlb.de

ff Kievit →www.authenticjobs.com

ff Milo Serif & ff Milo →www.paulshawletterdesign.com

ff Scala

→ blog.readmill.com

ff Schulbuch

→ www.mcachicago.org

ff Speak

→ www.thebrandmanual.com

ff Tisa

→ www.foodsense.is → www.jonathan-krause.de → www.tillymoss.com → www.dangersoffracking.com

ff Tundra

→ www.jonathan-krause.de

Used a Web FontFont on your website? →Let us know!


Launched on July 21th

Comp Fonts

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news comp fonts included in web fontfonts

I ncluded in¶ Web FontFonts#

FontFont continues to make the lives of designers much easier!

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headline and copy: ff Profile

Font Font ¶

It’s now even simpler to integrate great typefaces like ff Meta Web, ff DIN Web, or the new ff Sero Web in all phases of website creation. We know that during the design process it may be necessary to create page layouts of the proposed design using applications that don’t support woff/eot fonts. Therefore, Web FontFont archives now contain corresponding TrueType-flavored OpenType fonts for the offline design phase. As reflected in the amended Web FontFont eula, these Comp fonts may only be used for this specific purpose.#


Launched on July 21th

Free!

subsetter Choose between old style and tabular figures; keep or remove hinting and kerning.

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The improvements and launch of Web FontFonts and Comp Fonts were not enough for us. We decided to take typographic innovation one step further with Users should have more control over their fonts. One of the reasons our the launch of customers rely on FontFonts is because of their comprehensive character sets, Subsetter. but in the web environment cutting back on file size can be important, especially

news subsetter for web fontfonts

when speed matters. That’s why we built

headline: ff Sero teaser and copy: ff Tundra

Subsetter. Select the character groups you want to keep in the font.

Subsetter allows the users to strip out extraneous glyphs and data that may not be needed, like unused language characters, punctuation marks and kerning information. Smaller files mean faster websites and a better user experience. Dropping inessential characters from a webfont can make a big difference in the long term and give designers the opportunity to use more styles

① Upload ② Reduce/Customize ③ Download

with less of an impact on speed and bandwidth. Every bit of saved bandwidth saves money, as it reduces the cost of maintaining your popular and beautifully designed website.


Mobile FontFonts Launched on October 11th

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news mobile fontfonts headline: ff Nexus Serif copy: ff Nexus Sans

Once again leading the way in typographic technology, we released Mobile FontFonts tailored specifically for use in iOS apps. Available at MobileFontFonts.com, the files are optimized to make the design process for creating beautiful iOS applications as seamless as possible. When designing a native app for a mobile device, like

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iPhone, Mobile FontFonts allow the designer to specify

ff Basic Gothic Mobile Pro

ff Daxline Mobile Pro

set apps apart from the crowd. With language support

ff Celeste Mobile Pro

ff Celeste Sans Mobile Pro

ff Clifford Mobile Pro

ff Cocon Mobile Pro

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ff Duper Mobile Pro

ff Good Mobile Pro

Rg Rg ff Yoga Sans Mobile Pro

ff Suhmo Mobile Pro

ff Hands/ff Trixie Mobile Pro

ff Providence/ ff Providence Sans Mobile Pro

ff Tisa Mobile Pro

Fourteen Mobile FontFont Packages are available, containing four fonts each. www.MobileFontFonts.com

ff Yoga Mobile Pro

fonts outside the options that come preinstalled. Just like webfonts, mobile fonts protect brands and help included, Mobile FontFonts allow for consistent, subtle branding to a global audience. 56 mobile fonts from 15 popular families are available in 14 packs with 4 fonts each. Simple Licensing Licensing for Mobile FontFonts serves the needs of the iOS developer. A team of up to five developers can share one license for their app portfolio. There’s no time limit on the license, nor annual royalty requirements, just a

one-time license fee. Currently, Mobile FontFonts are only available for iOS, but we are planning to expand them to additional platforms such

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as Android in the future.


Finding Faces Faster

FontShop International introduces the FontFont Library Tier system

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ith 2,500 typefaces and counting, FontFont has become one of the largest contemporary type libraries

in the world. Having so many designs to choose from can be both a blessing and a curse; leisurely sifting through thousands of fonts online is pleasurable

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for any type lover, but it can be a daunnews library tiers

ting task at 3 a.m. when deadlines loom.

headline & copy: ff Karbid initials: ff Karbid Display details: ff Mister K Informal

FontFont Premium Tier The Most Popular FontFonts FontFont Collection Tier Extraordinary Pricing and Hidden Gems FontFont Free Tier Giving Something Back

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nter the FontFont think tank: FSI’s dedicated team of type fanatics and technical gurus were determined to make font selection as

easy as possible. After countless hours spent on research and in talking with type users, their mission was to minimize the amount of time each customer had to spend on selecting fonts. To achieve this goal, they decided to split the FontFont library into three distinct tiers.

Details


Finding Faces Faster

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news library tiers headline: ff Karbid subheadline: ff Karbid Display copy: ff Karbid Text

The FontFont Library Tier system.

Free!

Premium Tier

Collection Tier

Free Tier

The Most Popular FontFonts

Extraordinary Pricing and Hidden Gems

Giving Something Back

FontFont’s Premium Tier includes today’s

The FontFont Collection Tier is a selection

As a bonus to our loyal customers,

most popular FontFonts and will feature

of economically priced typographic treasu- FontFont now offers a variety of free

the latest releases going forward. This tier,

res, including Xavier Dupré’s FF Reminga,

the largest in the new system, showcases

FF Mambo by Val Fullard, and experimental Dog, Hip,

international favorites like Albert-Jan Pool’s

designs like the FF FUSE Classics. Visitors

FF DIN, FF Scala by Martin Majoor, FF Dax

to the website will enjoy simple, easy-to- Kai Vermehr (Eboy), and Timothy

from Hans Reichel, and Spiekermann’s FF

use navigation when browsing typefaces

Donaldson’s FF FancyWriting. Free Tier

Meta and FF Unit.

in the Collection Tier.

titles contain the complete family in a

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Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic in some at less than 100€/$, making it easier than designs. Customers are not restricted to

ever for customers to build a quality type

licensing full packages in this tier, but may

collection.

* Offc and Web versions of some Premium Tier FontFonts are still in development and will be available soon.

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A w a r d s

FontFont is once again the happy publisher of award-winning fonts. These are this year’s winners.

— TD C2 2011 18

news awards headline: ff Quadraat Sans Display teaser: ff Quadraat Display copy: ff Quadraat Sans speeches: ff Quadraat

ff Suhmo by Alex Rütten and ff Tundra by Ludwig Übele received the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at this year’s tdc2 competition by Type Directors Club.

2 0 1 1 — I S T D A w a r ds 2 0 1 1 ff Dagny by Örjan Nordling and Göran Söderström, ff Milo Serif by Michael Abbink and ff Spinoza by Max Phillips won the Certificate of Excellence in istd Awards 2011 from International Society of Typographic Designers.

tdc2 2011

Sixty Randgloves ff Suhmo

Sixty Randgloves ff Tundra

max phillips “I’d like to thank Andreas Frohloff for pushing every glyph to be its best, Frank Grießhammer for helping them sit nicely in a line, Ugla Marekowa for shooing them out the door, and Christoph Koeberlin for helping to introduce them to the istd awards 2011 world. I’d like to thank Stephen Coles and Jonathan Hoefler Sixty Randgloves for taking the time to give a new type designer valuable advice. And I’d like to thank my wife Kirsten for continuing ff Dagny to live with me while the work got done.” Sixty Randgloves

alex rütten “I’d like to thank my girlfriend Olivia Wood for keeping an relentless eye on the details, Felix Braden for his valuable ff Milo Serif and speedy feedback, and last but not least Christoph örjan nordling Sixty Randgloves Koeberlin for his patience and his critique on endless design“I’d like to thank Mario Garcia, John Bark and Mats Odéen ff Spinoza versions.” for commissioning the dn Grotesk, André Gürtler for teaching me type and the FontFont crew for encouragement in the ludwig übele making of ff Dagny.” “I’d like to thank an unknown Semitic speaker for inventing our alphabet (which makes it possible for me to create Latin-based typefaces with a reasonable amount of characters rather than thousands of logograms).”


— c o mm u n icati o n a r ts T y p o g r a p h y C o m p e titi o n 2011

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news awards web fontsfonts headline: ff Quadraat Sans Display copy: ff Quadraat Sans

ff Strada by Albert Pinggera, ff Milo by Michael Abbink and Paul van der Laan and ff Legato by the much missed Evert Bloemsma won Letter.2 Awards 2011 organized by the Association Typographique Internationale (ATypI). albert pinggera: “Bedankt, Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten.” paul van der laan “I’d like to thank David Brent who once said: ‘Quitters never win, winners never quit. But those who never win and never quit are idiots.’”

The juried competition of Communication Arts celebrates the best use of typography as the primary visual element in design and advertising, plus new typeface designs, calligraphy and handlettering. ff More by Łukasz Dziedzic, ff Sero by Jörg Hemker and ff Spinoza by Max Phillips won the 2011 Communication Arts Award in the category of Typeface Design. jörg hemker “Can I quote Alfred Hitchcock, who accepted his Oscar with only two words in 1967: ‘Thank you.’?”

letter.2 awards 2011

Sixty Randgloves ff Strada

Sixty Randgloves ff Milo

Sixty Randgloves ff Legato

communication arts typography competition 2011

Sixty Randgloves ff More

Sixty Randgloves ff Sero

Sixty Randgloves ff Spinoza


— G e r ma n D e si g n A w a r ds 2011

news awards web fontsfonts headline: ff Quadraat Sans Display copy: ff Quadraat Sans

— F o n t F o n ts i n M o M A C o ll e cti o n In January 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced that 23 digital typefaces have been chosen to be admitted to its architecture and design collection among which are ff Meta, ff DIN, ff Beo­wolf and ff Blur. Joining MoMA’s collection is a great distinction in the design world and we are honored to have FontFonts included in it.

Photo Credit: German Design Council.

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In addition to the awards for FontFonts, we also celebrated an important award that went to Erik Spiekermann, co-founder of FontShop and FontFont. Spiekermann won the Personality Award at the German Design Awards 2011. The Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany (Designpreis Deutschland) is the country’s highest distinction in the field of design.

Andrej Kupetz, General Manager of the German Design Council presents the Personality Award 2011 to Erik Spiekermann


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! YeahEven though the FontFont Library is one of the largest font libraries in the world, our excitement and passion for introducing new fonts to the typographic world never cease. We are the foundry with the highest number of new font releases per year.


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feminine yet rigid, charming yet sturdy.

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Stylistic Sets

ved due to the German Democratic

their spirit lives on in the idiosyn-

G G G

Republic’s economy of scarcity. In

cratic letter forms of the FF Karbid

the beginning of the 1990s Verena

typefaces. • • • • • • • • • • • •

11 10

12 1

9

8

7

2

3

6

5

4

••••••

• Originally published in only three

Karbid •

1 Family 4 Fonts 5 Weights each + Italics

Magazines

FF Karbid Text Light Italic Regular Italic Medium Italic Bold Italic Black Italic

A

KA–RB–id

A


aaaa

gggg

llll

vvvv

Handglovek Handglovek HHHH nnnn

dddd

kkkk

••••••••••

FF Karbid

The new FF Karbid is a harmonized redesign of the original typeface. Its letters appear rounder and less narrow, lending the shapes more space and balance. The endings of the diagonals (w, W, v, V) – which

used to be bevelled as reference to the original design – have been straightened for a smoother appearance. Stroke contrast has been reduced, making the typeface more monolinear and harmonious without losing its liveliness. Yet this contrast increases in the bolder weights for optimal

FF Karbid Display

FF Karbid Slab

FF Karbid Text

FF Karbid Display is the

The FF Karbid suite of

The final variant added to

most obvious spin-off of

typefaces now also inclu-

the FF Karbid type system

the original Karbid. The

des a new Slab version.

is the new text version. It

characteristic letter forms

Its sober, newslike cha-

is intended for setting body

were assimilated, then

racter was inspired by

copy in small text sizes,

subtly revised to match the

magazine typography in

mainly for publication design

new concept. The fami-

the 1930s (see Memphis,

(books, magazines etc.). The

ly was extended to five

Rockwell, Stymie etc.).

character shapes are more

weights, complete with

The strong serifs give the

subdued – the eccentric,

matching Obliques.

slab serif a dignified and

serif-like swashes in the

assured look. The stroke

lowercase a, d, h, m, n, u and

contrast was increased

capital R were abandoned,

for legibility and balance.

while the lively l, y, z and Z

* There is the right FF Karbid for everyone. *

reveal this variant’s kinship to the FF Karbid family.

legibility and elegance. The family now comes in five co-ordinated weights – from Light to Black, each with corresponding Obliques.

••••••••••••••••

The 4 Faces of FF Karbid

Features All versions of FF Karbid contain numerous alternate characters, allowing you to considerably change the appearance of the typefaces. These alternates are based on Art Deco lettering styles with their sometimes eccentric forms. You can choose between low- and high-waisted variants of the capitals, a circular O and G, an A with straight legs and rounded top, and many more which can all be used interchangeably. The fonts include four figure sets plus small figures and fractions, arrows and bullets, and offer Latin Extended language support.

•••••••••••••••


Shopping List

clear & friendly

Two packages of brown sugar 2 × Cat food One giant tub of mashed potatoes a package Ginger cookies Breakfast Tea Sleeping Pills Canned soup Mac ’n’ Cheese � something important that I already forgot

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fonts

stylistic alternates

Ligatures

Hi, I’m Mister K. • How are you?

ff mster k informal

fontfont.com/fonts/mister-k-informal

Handgloves

Handgloves

May I kiss you then? On this miserable paper? I might as well open the window and kiss the night air. Mister � Informal

• OpenType Features

This new design by Julia Sysmäläinen is the latest offspring of the Mister K font family. It began in one of Kafka’s Quart Notebooks with handwritten texts that look astonishingly clear. The letter forms are carefully placed line after line but still reveal the author’s characteristic writing style. There is a simple explanation: These are final, rewritten texts. The first version – loaded with heavy editing and correction marks – can be found elsewhere in Kafka’s literary remains. The strong personality of FF Mister K is often appreciated, but some designers find it too unpredictable for down to earth target groups. So enriching the K Family with a clear and friendly looking member derived from Kafka’s stylistic repertoire meets the needs of many users.


It’s easy to find sans * 100 * serif typefaces with The 30-font ff More fills this void. Five weights each in Conmultiple widths and available densed, Regular, and Wide answer every need weights, but large widths of publication design, strong headlines to serif families are from readable text and spaceefficient information much less common. graphics. ff More’s sturdy

supports more than languages

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serifs and gentle contrast fontfont.com/fonts/more withstand the rigors of magazine and newspaper production — retaining clarity despite size, background, or substrate. Łukasz Dziedzic built ff More to work alongside ff Good, resulting in a powerhouse super family, versatile in both its function and aesthetic. fonts

ff more

Condensed Light & Italic Condensed Book & Italic Condensed Medium & Italic Condensed Bold & Italic Condensed Black & Italic

Light & Italic Book & Italic Medium & Italic Bold & Italic Black & Italic

Wide Light & Italic Wide Book & Italic Wide Medium & Italic Wide Bold & Italic Wide Black & Italic

Đồng Tháp Þorlákshöfn Екатеринбург Havlíčkův Brod Балашиха


f s → g

f Nuvo← M wei paced small cap g@ altern

5

Siegfried Rückel expands his magazine typeface

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fonts

ff Nuvo with a monospaced variant for all

ff nuvo mono

fontfont.com/fonts/nuvo-mono

weights, including small caps and Italics, offering new options for both traditional and unusual typesetting. The design retains its

ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff ff

Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo Nuvo

Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono Mono

Regular Regular Italic Medium Medium Italic Bold Bold Italic Extra Bold Extra Bold Italic Black Black Italic

mono/

typical stroke endings with “chipped” corners, which make the characters appear soft when seen from a distance or in small point sizes, but reveal their peculiar forms at a closer look. However its x-height was somewhat lowered in comparison to ff Nuvo to emphasize ff Nuvo Mono’s typewriter character. The calligraphic touch in the characters a, g and y make this typeface stand out among other typewriter-like faces, as do the alternate characters for a→a, g→g, k→k, s→s and y→y, which add typographic versatility.

o g s a n

no– hts tes uvo

a


Refined Outlines

before

new

Qua FF d San raat Mon s o

Cyrillic

Originally developed for the Dutch design company with the same name (now it is ff Quadraat called the “Lab”), FF Quadraat combines Renaissance elegance with contemporary ideas on construction and form. Upon its release by FontFont as a modest 28

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ff quadraat

fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat-display fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat-headliner fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat-sans fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat-sans-display fontfont.com/fonts/quadraat-sans-mono

four weight family in 1992, the confident and accomplished type design immediately established the then 31-year-old Fred Smeijers as a force to be reckoned with. The typeface was born out of careful research in form and function.

Smeijers wanted ff Quadraat to be as economical as Times, but with less sparkle; as balanced as Plantin, but less static. The resulting typeface is a wonderfully effective text typeface, with unassuming yet highly original character shapes. ff Quadraat quickly became one of the flagship type families for the fledgling independent foundry. Over the years the family expanded into a com­prehensive type system. And now, almost two decades after the initial release, Smeijers has completely overhauled the Serif, Sans and Sans Condensed versions of ff Quadraat. After examining

* ff Quadraat Sans Thin & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Extra Light & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Light & Italic ff Quadraat Sans & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Demi Bold & Italic ff Quadraat Sans Bold & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Cond Thin & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Cond Extralight & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Cond Light & Italic ff Quadraat Sans Cond & Italic * ff Quadraat Sans Cond Demi Bold & Italic ff Quadraat Sans Cond Bold & Italic

Qu FF a Dis draat pla y

FF aat r ad er Qu ad­lin He

Alternates

ff Quadraat Sans + Cond

Sans

FF a t a adr Qu s Dis San lay p

RaKl Язык RaKl Язык

* new

FF Quadraat Sans Display Semi Bold FF Quadraat Headliner Black FF Quadraat Sans Mono Regular & Italic FF Quadraat Sans Mono Bold & Italic Serif

ff Quadraat & Italic * ff Quadraat Demi Bold & Italic ff Quadraat Bold & Italic FF Quadraat Display Regular Italic FF Quadraat Display Bold Italic FF Quadraat Headliner Light & Italic FF Quadraat Headliner Bold & Italic

the original designs, many character shapes were carefully redesigned and fine-tuned. Furthermore three delicate light weights were added to the Sans and Sans Condensed versions, and new Demi weights for all the variants bridge the gap between Regular and Bold. Every single weight in Serif, Sans, and Sans Condensed now has Small Caps, as well as Pro character sets with Latin & Cyrillic Extended, adding about 100 languages. Finally the descending tail of the K and R are now held in check in alternative glyphs.


8 Weights black Italic

bold Italic

extra thin Italic

ff SERO

medium Italic

plus Italics

thin Italic

extra light Italic

light Italic regular Italic

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fonts

ff sero

fontfont.com/fonts/sero

Aa

Обикновена катерица

Esquirol

Through thick and Extra Thin

esquilo-vermelho

Вавёрка звычайная

Almindeligt egern

Rudā vāvere Црвена верверица

Wewjůrka

S m a l l Ca p s

w/ F i g u r e s 1 2 3

en masse

Jörg Hemker’s versatile sans ff Sero combines the striking forms of an American Grotesque with the legibility of a Humanist sans serif typeface. It possesses open counters, a distinct x-height and a homogeneous grey value. During the seven years of development the classic letter forms have matured and form a balanced, autonomous typeface. Eight harmonized weights and an extensive character set allow for flexible and versatile typography. Cуrillic and Greek characters provide an extended language support.


FF Signa

FF Signa Serif

typeface — is rooted in architectural lettering rather than book typogra-

Light + Italic

phy. This sans serif of concise letter

Semi Bold + Italic

Book + Italic

forms and a minimum of detail

Bold + Italic

Bold + Italic

joined the growing collection of

Black + Italic

sans/serif type systems when the

Extra Black + Italic

serif variant was added in 2005.

Ultra + Italic

FF Signa continues to expand its

Book + Italic

Black + Italic

fonts

FF Signa — a typically Danish

Extra Light + Italic

Light + Italic

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New Weights!

Condensed

ff signa/serif

fontfont.com/fonts/signa fontfont.com/fonts/signa-serif

S

S

Serif Street

Sans Serif Street

super family with another addition. In 2011, the face added six fonts

Condensed Light + Italic

in three new weights: Extra Light,

Condensed Book + Italic

Extra Black, and Ultra, each with

Condensed Bold + Italic

a companion italic.

Condensed Black + Italic

Now both versions are available as

Extended

stylish stencil designs.

Extended Light + Italic Extended Book + Italic Extended Bold + Italic Extended Black + Italic


→ Ole Søndergaard’s stencil faces can be used to produce actual stencils, but more often than not they are selected for their unique aesthetic. It is fascinating to see how separate

FF Signa Stencil

“floating” fragments combine FF Signa Serif Stencil

FF Signa Stencil Book FF Signa Stencil Bold FF Signa Stencil Black

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fonts

ff signa stencil

fontfont.com/fonts/signa-stencil fontfont.com/fonts/signa-serif-stencil

to form recognizable character shapes. The way those letters

FF Signa Serif Stencil Book FF Signa Serif Stencil Bold FF Signa Serif Stencil Black

Århus Esbjerg Trollhättan Lyngby-Taarbæk

are cut up gives a stencil design its specific character.

København Sønderborg

Holbæk Växjö


s

& ff Spinoza an elegant workhorse

spinoza

Regular

Medium

Bold

Black

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fonts

ff spinoza

fontfont.com/fonts/spinoza

* ff Spinoza Regular ff Spinoza Regular Italic ff Spinoza Medium ff Spinoza Medium Italic ff Spinoza Bold ff Spinoza Bold Italic ff Spinoza Black ff Spinoza Black Italic *

Max Phillips developed ff Spinoza over a period of eleven years. With the goal of readability in mind, Phillips named the typeface after 17th cen­ tury rationalist and lens-grinder Baruch Spinoza, a man whose job it was to help people see clearly. The family is meant as an elegant workhorse, a classic text family with just enough individual character to hold its own in display sizes. It was inspired by mid-century German book faces like Trump Mediaeval and Aldus, and by the types of Nicolas Kis. The forms are narrow and economical, with open counters. The line is firm and distinct. It has strong thick strokes and serifs to help it grip the page. Its intended virtues are firmness, clarity and modesty.

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ff tundra

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ff Tundra

J

g M Ł O 7 q 8 å k m ö Č j ij F b a l

q

mosses

I

gÿ

ę

lichens grasses

e e ne c n a a a n ce c a n

c

sedges 0

where no trees grow

8

H

Shrubs timberline

6

7

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permafrost

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ff Tundra Extra Light FF Tundra Extra Light Italic ff Tundra Light FF Tundra Light Italic ff Tundra Regular FF Tundra Regular Italic ff Tundra Medium FF Tundra Medium Italic ff Tundra Demi Bold FF Tundra Demi Bold Italic ff Tundra Bold FF Tundra Bold Italic

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Ludwig Übele’s Award-Winning design

line. Ludwig Übele combined strong

for continuous text, it is also suitable for

ff Tundra is a narrow serif typeface with

serifs, flat shoulders (see n) and open yet

magazines and headlines (specifically

stressed forms and soft contours.

heavy endings (see a, e, c) with a moderate

the Extra Light) and will surely work in

The idea evolved from investigating how

contrast to achieve a balanced, legible

newspapers as well. The family consists

a narrow typeface should look for opti-

typeface with a distinct softness and

of six weights from Extra Light to Bold,

mal readability. To avoid a fence-effect,

humanity.

each with Italics and Small Caps and

ff Tundra emphasizes the horizontal

Although ff Tundra has been designed

many OpenType layout features.


c.

fontfont updates ff Info ff Profile ff Meta Hebrew ff Meta Serif ff Nexus ff Unit New Web FontFonts


ff Info Text FF Info Display FF Info Correspondence Erik Spiekermann’s and Ole Schäfer’s FF Info Office is the You

typeface Erik Spiekermann himself feels should be more

are

popular “because it works well on screen and is really

here

cool but nobody has found it behind the larger FF Info Text and Display families.” It has been renamed FF Info Correspondence to avoid confusion with the Office font

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format. The complete FF Info family, one of the best fonts

ff info

fontfont.com/fonts/info-correspondence fontfont.com/fonts/info-text fontfont.com/fonts/info-display Pictograms: Info Pict One | Two | Three | Four

I Váci Street Krakowskie Przedmiescie

wayfinding type systems, was carefully fine-tuned and has now been upgraded to Pro language support.

n

putrajaya Spreuerhofstraße

Abbey Road

Champs-Élysées Hãna Highway

o

Baldwin Street

“Shortcuts are not always good. Take the long  road around the  corners”

ff Info Text Regular Italic ff Info Text Book Italic ff Info Text Medium Italic ff Info Text Semi Bold Italic ff Info Text Bold Italic FF Info Display Regular FF Info Display Book FF Info Display Medium FF Info Display Semi Bold FF Info Display Bold FF Info Correspondence Regular Italic FF Info Correspondence Medium Italic FF Info Correspondence Bold Italic

Camden High Street

Plaça Catalunya

5 AV

Kungsportsavenyn

f

Strøget District

9 de Julio

Tarlabaşı Bulvarı

The journey is the reward

Łódź s

Śródmieście


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fonts

ff meta hebrew

fontfont.com/fonts/meta

‫ױ‬

‫לא מדבר‬

‫צ‬

‫ש‬ ‫ל‬ ‫ו‬ ‫ם‬

‫מסורה‬

‫אני‬

‫שמונה‬

‫פ‬

‫ל‬ ‫ה‬ ‫ת‬ ‫ר‬ ‫א‬ ‫ו‬ ‫ת‬

‫גּ‬

‫קּ יִ‬

‫תה‬

‫ף‬

‫תה הוא משקה מכיל קפאין‬ ‫המיוצר על ידי השריית עלים או‬ ‫ניצנים של שיח הקמיליה סיננסיס‬ .‫במים חמים‬

ff Meta Hebrew

Erik Spiekermann’s ff Meta is the foundation of the FontFont library, released at the label’s inception and still a signature of the brand.

Its ancestor – PT55 (1985) – was conceived

‫װ‬

for the West German Post Office (Deutsche Bundespost) as an economical typeface for use at small point sizes, but once ff Meta was released to the public it was used for nearly everything, quickly becoming one of the most popular typefaces of the computer era. It has been called the “Helvetica of the ’90s” – not because the two typefaces have anything aesthetically in common – but because ff Meta fulfills so well the needs of modern communication. In 2011 Oded Ezer designed a Hebrew version for Book and Bold.

http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/‫תה‬

‫ת‬



‫שּׁ‬ ‫דּ‬


ff Meta Serif The character set has been expanded to include Greek and Cyrillic

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fonts

ff meta serif

fontfont.com/fonts/meta-serif

M

It took three years and three designers

Obviously, a serif Meta needs to fit

to develop ff Meta Serif. All through

in with the existing ff Meta family.

the 90s, Erik Spiekermann made seve-

Through their combined experience,

ral attempts at designing a counterpart

the designers created a typeface with

for his groundbreaking ff Meta. Fans

metrics that are not mathematically

of ff Meta frequently asked him which

identical to ff Meta, but optically the

serif face would best complement

same. Now what you see is what you

it. He recommended Swift, Minion,

get, a harmonious serif/sans type

ff Clifford, and others, until he rea-

system. While it is a typeface that can

lized that he should just buckle down

stand up on its own in a wide range of

and draw his own serif companion.

applications, the extra benefit of

True to his principle of collaborati-

ff Meta Serif is its close relationship

on, Spiekermann enlisted the help of

to its sans serif sister. The two fami-

accomplished type designers Christian

lies can be mixed in the same line and

Schwartz and Kris Sowersby.

one can be used to accentuate the

other. Using both on the same page adds variety and meaning to a text. ↓

latin Capital letter M 004d

ff Meta Serif Book & Book Italic ff Meta Serif Medium & Medium Italic ff Meta Serif Bold & Bold Italic ff Meta Serif Black & Black Italic

д

A

Ψ

καφές Кофе Алкоголь ζάχαρη Удовольствие

Молоко

Напитки cyrillic

γάλα

μαντολάτο greek

ff Meta Serif is available in four weights: Book, Medium, Bold, and Black, each with Italics. All styles include Small Caps, lining 123 and oldstyle figures 123 in proportional and tabular widths, and a range of → arrows and other symbols •. With the help of Ralph du Carrois, its character set has now been expanded to include Greek and Cyrillic.


ff Nexus Serif ff Nexus Sans ff Nexus Mix & Between 1988 and 1994 Martin Majoor designed ff Scala and ff Scala Sans. The idea behind ff Scala was to design a humanistic serif typeface from which a sans serif version would be derived. Majoor called it: two typefaces, one form principle, and it would become the basis of his type

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ff nexus

fontfont.com/fonts/nexus-sans fontfont.com/fonts/nexus-serif fontfont.com/fonts/nexus-mix fontfont.com/fonts/nexus-typewriter

design philosophy. Since ff Scala’s release, the combination of a serif and sans version has proven to be

highly successful in corporate, book, and newspaper design. Ten years later, Majoor expanded his idea of

FF Nexus Typewriter

•n x• s•

ff Nexus Sans ff Nexus Sans Italic ff Nexus Sans Bold ff Nexus Sans Bold Italic

ff Nexus Mix ff Nexus Mix Italic ff Nexus Mix Bold ff Nexus Mix Bold Italic

two typefaces, one form principle into three typefaces,

ff Nexus Serif ff Nexus Serif Italic ff Nexus Serif Bold ff Nexus Serif Bold Italic

one form principle, with a new family of typefaces as a result. ff Nexus borrows some of its structure from ff Scala, but adds the slab-like ff Nexus Mix and monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter to the set. Its OpenType layout features, such as built-in small caps, alternate glyphs, and optional swash glyphs make it an extremely versatile type system.

FF Nexus Typewriter FF Nexus Typewriter Italic FF Nexus Typewriter Bold FF Nexus Typewriter Bold Italic


ff Profile now includes Greek γράμμα μίλα επιτέλους!

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fonts

ff profile

fontfont.com/fonts/profile

ίλ

γράφω Τα πολλά λόγια είναι φτώχια.

γεια σου!

23¢ ταξίδι πείρα

▵▵▵

μήνυμα

π δ ΰ

Martin Wenzel’s ff Profile is one of the most beautiful humanist sans serifs in the FontFont library. This clear, uncluttered and attractive family based on the broad-nibbed pen was already available in OpenType Pro format. Its character set has now been expanded to include Greek.

55 γραμματόσημο

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Ãą and not just Greek

Μάτια που δε βλέπονται, γρήγορα Light Italic λησμονιούνται. Regular Italic

Medium Italic Bold Italic Black Italic

→Βοήθα με να σε βοηθώ ν’ ανεβούμε το βουνό.


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fonts

ff unit

fontfont.com/fonts/unit fontfont.com/fonts/unit-slab fontfont.com/fonts/unit-rounded

ff unit Thin Italic Light Italic Regular Italic Medium Italic Bold Italic Black Italic Ultra Italic

ff unit slab Thin Italic Light Italic Regular Italic Medium Italic Bold Italic Black Italic Ultra Italic

→ ff Unit | ff Unit Slab ↰ incl. Greek and Cyrillic ff Unit was designed by Erik Spiekermann and produced by

Боље врабац у руци,

него голуб на грани.

Christian Schwartz. ff Unit is the grown-up, no-nonsense sister of Spiekermann’s famous ff Meta. | With ff Unit, puppy fat is off, some curves are gone and the shapes are tighter. While ff Meta has always been a little out-of-line and not exactly an over-engineered

ff Unit is less outspoken and more disciplined. | It is – Где ти много обећавају, typeface, like ff Meta – very suitable for use quite small and large, but

малу торбу понеси.

кад мачке нема, мишеви коло воде.

Κρασί Κι αλήθεια. Η περιέργεια είναι η

αρχή της σοφίας. Είπε ο γάιδαρος τον πετεινό κεφάλα.

FF Unit lacks some of the diagonal strokes and curves that give ff Meta its slight informality. | However, ff Unit is not cold or uptight, just cool: no redundant ornamentation, just a lot of character. The tighter shapes make it suitable for big headlines set tight. | Smaller sizes benefit from the increased contrast between vertical and horizontal strokes and open spacing. Thin and Light perform well set large, displaying the characters to their advantage. | There is a great difference in weight between the Thin and Ultra, providing a good range of weights for contrasting combinations. Alternate characters (a/a, g/g, i/i, j/j, l/l, U/U, M/M) make for interesting headlines. | The small caps are a bit larger than normal, making them suitable for abbreviations and acronyms. The many weights include old style, regular, and tabular figures. FF Unit Pro is now available with Cyrillic and Greek character sets. The entire FF Unit super family consists of FF Unit, FF Unit Slab, and FF Unit Rounded. |


! w e N

Web FontFonts 2011

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fonts

web fontfonts

headline: ff Quadraat Sans fontname: ff Unit

Ra

Ra Ra

ff Info Display

ff Info Text

ff Isonorm

Ra Ra ff Balance

Ra Ra ff Ernestine

Ra Ra Ra

ff Magda

ff More

ff Chambers Sans

ff Nexus Sans

ff Info Correspondence

Ra

ff Nexus Serif

Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra

ff Nexus Mix

ff Nexus Typewriter

ff Nuvo Mono

ff OCR-F

ff Oxide

ff Profile

ff QType

Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra

ff QType Square

ff Sanuk

ff Sari

ff Sero

ff Signa Serif

ff Signa

ff Signa Serif Stencil

Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra Ra

ff Signa Correspondence

ff Spinoza

ff Tartine Script

ff Tundra

ff Utility

ff Zwo

ff Zwo Correspondence


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Facts & Figures

—in the office

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yahoo 0.76% bing 0.71% search 0.22% yandex 0.17% others 0.15%

Android 16.02%

iPad 27.9% Chrome 25.59%

FontFont Designer Distribution

Girls

Average Time

Mozilla Compatible Agent and Others 4.53%

160

Boys

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Browser Share

ff Spinoza

Number of FontFont Designers

iPhone 50%

google 97.97%

64 germany 17 United kingdom 13 netherlands 12 USA 8 canada 5 france 4 each austria | denmark | italy | sweden 3 each spain | switzerland 2 each israel | slovakia | Lebanon | Finland 1each Argentina | Belgium | Greece | Hungary | Japan | Korea | Lithuania | New Zealand | Poland | Russia | Slovenia

The smallest Netherlands Antilles and biggest country from Russian Federation which we receive orders

800km²

17,075,400km²

Top 5 FontFonts with the biggest sales increase in 2011

01. ff OCR–F 02. ff Dagny 03. ff Bau 04. ff Clan 05. ff Milo/ ff Milo Serif


Facts & Figures

—from ff designers

—twitter

—our favorite tweets of the year

The best concert of the year?

Twitter followers

15,396 Mogwai Jörg Hemker

Essentially Mogwai’s music is all about structure and rhythm, just like type design.

БГ и Аквариум 44

(BG and Aquarium) Julia Sysmäläinen Nizhni Novgorod, April. inside

facts & figures

fonts: ff More and ff Good

BG (Boris Grebenschikov) is a one of the “founding fathers” of Russian rock music and my absolute favorite artist.

The iTunes song(s) played the most often in 2011

Number of photos taken in 2011

Stefanie Schwarz

yanone

01. 02. 03.

 avid Bowie D various albums Amy Winehouse Back to black Pink Floyd Dark side of the moon

Johannes Erler

01.

Amy Winehouse Love is a losing game

*

Tweets total

1,840

*

The favorite dish of the year

Red cabbage salad Erik van Blokland

analog

My favorite dish this year is Masaman curry because I’ve eaten this curry for years but recently, I learnt to cook it by myself. This is a Thai curry with coconut milk and peanuts. Aroy mah khap!

zero

Masaman curry

If you are reading this then stop it and GET BACK TO WORK. —Pete Warren

I pissed on my cat last night (neither of us are proud of it) —Timothy Donaldson

—Göran Söderström

@fontlaberrors Oh FontLab, you son of a software!

don’t “LOL” when you can! Don’t !! when you can! And never !? OR ?! when you can ‽

—Yanone

*on December 19th, 2011

426

(it was more than that but I delete the bad ones on the spot)

—Timothy Donaldson

Your eyes doesn’t change when looking at type on different devices. A good typeface is a good typeface.

Red cabbage salad with red onions and spicy dressing. Or homemade pumpkin soup with ginger.

digital

If writer Philip K. Dick were still alive and on facebook, one could get “Poked” by “Dick”

—Timothy Donaldson

I have nothing to tweet and I’m tweeting it. —Timothy Donaldson

Just paid a woman to clamp my jaw open, stick her fist in my mouth, stab me with needles & drill holes in my bones. Ah, l’amour du dentiste. —Pete Warren

New Font Classification: Category 1: The Fonts I Need Right Now. Category 2: The Fonts I Do Not Need Right Now.

Fact: Google.com gives better results if you add “please” to the query.

Just mispelled “larger” and typed “lager”. Mmm. Lager.

—Letteror (EvB)

—Pete Warren

—Letteror (EvB)

Xavier Dupré


Meet the Type department Have you been curious about the team behind the production process of all of our FontFonts? Here’s a short interview with the characters in our type department.

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inside

Andreas

Inka

Jens

Christoph

type department

headline and copy: ff Sero questions: ff Nexus Serif Caption: ff Mister K Informal

Andreas Frohloff

Christoph Koeberlin

— Head of Type Department

— Font Technician

If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

ff Amman because the family is well designed in the sense

ff Quadraat Sans SC Web Pro Condensed Extra Light Italic,

that it’s not so digital-smooth and glossy.The characters of

DirectWrite rendered at 31 px — for obvious reasons!

the fonts have character :)

ff quadraat sans condensed

ff Amman Serif / Sans What is your favorite music? I like a broad range of music e.g. Jethro Tull, Neil Young, Keb’ Mo’ or Norah Jones …

What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011? The biggest challenge was to successfully perform calligraphy workshops at the TYPO London.

What is your favorite music? Gebrüder Marx, currently.

What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011? Answering these questions!


○ Would you like to know more about our Type Department? Check out this video: → www.vimeo.com/15232514

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type department

headline and copy: ff Sero questions: ff Nexus Serif

Inka Strotmann

Jens Kutilek

— Chief Font Technician

— Font Technician

If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

I would be ff Schmalhans Bold. Schmalhans is a very con-

I actually had to ask my wife about this, it’s always hard to

densed font with a large x-height and was first drawn in the

compare yourself to something like a typeface …

70s. Like me, I was born in the 70s. I have wide legs, I am

I would be ff Spinoza. At first sight, it looks quite sober and

not really fat but I am broad in the beam so I look like con-

not very fancy, but once you get to know it better, you will

densed bold. Schmalhans is very clear and I am also very

discover interesting details and how it can take you a long

straight in the things I like to do.

way. I’m also more book than display type.

FF Schmalhans Bold

ff Spinoza

What is your favorite music? My favorite band is, for over 20 years now, Current 93.

What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

What is your favorite music? My all-time favorite band has to be The Magnetic Fields, for their stylistic experiments and unparalleled lyrical wit. Earlier

I had to draw my first uppercase German double s. It will be

this year I kept listening to the various Johnny Cash concerts

interesting to see if this glyph will be used and which form

recorded in prisons. It was fascinating how different the

will be the favorite. My big private event this year was my

atmosphere and performances were between them.

first individual time trial. I trained a lot with my triathlon

What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

bike to achieve a good result and I was very happy with my

To move into a new flat. I had completely forgotten how

time at the end.

time-consuming and work-intensive that was.


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hans reichel 1949—2011

The Wuppertal musician, instrument builder, graphic designer and type designer Hans Reichel suddenly and unex-

compact, condensed and wide versions, and italics

pectedly passed away in his studio on November 22,

for all variants.

2011. Designers and typographers know him as the creator of the popular Barmeno and the world-renowned ff Dax family. Other type designs by Reichel are ff Daxline, ff Sari, ff Schmalhans, and ff Routes. Hans Reichel appeared on the type scene with his first

Photo: Marc Eckardt

The ff Dax family was gradually augmented with

Also ff Dax was subsequently revisited. Seeing Akira Kobayashi’s lecture about Adrian Frutiger’s Avenir Next at TYPO Berlin 2004 inspired Hans Reichel to start working on ff Daxline. The improved proportions and increased stress make it better suited for text

design Barmeno, an idiosyncratic sans serif released

use. Personally Reichel thought ff Daxline to be the

in 1983 by Berthold. He would revisit this concept of a

better typeface — it is clearer, airier and more

rounded spurless design in 1999 with ff Sari. Expan-

versatile. Reichel toyed with the idea of creating a

ding on his original ideas he devised a more versatile

condensed version, but wasn’t sure if he’d still be

and complete interpretation, with a wider range of

able to swing it at his “retirement age”. Sadly, now

weights and a comprehensive character set.

we will never know.

Although Barmeno and ff Sari enjoyed seizable success,

Through the music he created, through the instruments he

Hans Reichel’s real breakthrough as a type designer

built, and through the typefaces he designed Hans

came with the typographic powerhouse ff Dax.

Reichel shone as a fiercely original voice. With the

Slightly more angular and systematic than its prede-

disappearance of this multitalented maverick artist

cessor, this immensely popular type family has

the type and music world is left a little poorer.

become arguably one of the most used advertising faces worldwide since its release fifteen years ago.


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