FF Info Correspondence
FF Info Correspondence is an addition to the FF Info family. It is a version of the design optimized for use in inter-office communication, but over the years many firms had added into their general corporate design as well (letterhead text, invoices, fax forms, etc.). FF Info Correspondence is a... Read more
FF Info Correspondence is an addition to the FF Info family. It is a version of the design optimized for use in inter-office communication, but over the years many firms had added into their general corporate design as well (letterhead text, invoices, fax forms, etc.). FF Info Correspondence is a three-weight family. Its italics are obliques.
Once upon a time, all office communication was typed out on a typewriter. There was rarely such a thing as “typeface selection” in this sort of environment. Over the last few decades, office communication has moved to the PC. But the typeface situation did not improve much. So much office communication is still carried out in default typefaces, like Times New Roman or Helvetica/Arial.
As much as this makes graphic designers cringe, no one really wants to go back to using actual typewriters. Aside from the technological benefits of PCs, typewriters were sub-optimal from a typographic point of view: they didn’t offer multiple weights, and all of their characters needed a lot of space. Equal widths for all characters meant that an m had to cramp into the same space as a narrow i. Aesthetically, this has never been satisfying. However, it still exists in everybody’s imagination as the epitome of office communication.
FF Info Correspondence combines the advantages of digital fonts with the visual aspects of a typewriter face. The character widths show less variations than the proper FF Info Text family. FF Info Correspondence’s letterforms are designed to withstand printing on simple printers, and to be legible on screen.
Naturally, the FF Info Correspondence goes best with the other two members of the FF Info family, FF Info Display and FF Info Text. The robustness and affinity to a typewriter face, however, make it a good companion to any other typesetting face when preprinted text and correspondence copy are to be distinguishable from each other. Collapse description
- 1998 The Big Crit