News: Miscellaneous

FF Mark In-Use: The Dash

Our next ‘In-Use’ case comes from a Kickstarter project for the worlds first wireless smart in-ear headphones known as The Dash. With the ability to hold a 1000 songs, built-in performance tracking and body sensors, The Dash looks to be the future in headphone technology.

As a kickstarter project the website is required to attract as much attention as possible, making the strong, bold and eye catching FF Mark the perfect typeface for drawing in potential investors.

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About FF Mark

FF Mark was designed by Hannes von DöhrenChristoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department. Born from the idea to create an up-to-date typeface rooted in 1920s German geometry, the typeface is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time.

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The Making-Of: FF Quixo Notebooks

The second of our posts on the FF Quixo notebook provides an insight into its design, specifications and printing via hand drawn sketches and images taken throughout the production process.

Product Specifications

  • Notebook: 13 × 21cm, 64 pages Papyrus Recyconomic Pale Pink 80g/m², cover is printed in two Pantone colors (Pantone 184 & Pantone Violet) + Black.
  • Dust jacket: 52 × 84cm, Igepa Opakal 50g/m², 4 Pantone colors  (Pantone 184Pantone 705Pantone VioletPantone Yellow) + Black.
  • Printed at Gallery Print in Berlin.
  • Available at the TYPO San Francisco and TYPO Berlin.

 See also:  The FF Quixo Notebooks 

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Initial illustrations of creating a specimen poster that doubles up as a dust jacket. 

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Thoughts on different ways of folding the dust jacket around the notebook.

Calculations for potential sizing of the specimen poster.

Color adjustments at the printers.

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Fine-tuning the color and pressure values.

Talented craftsmen from Gallery Print in Berlin.

Checking the colors.

Four Pantone colors + Black were used:
Black, Pantone 184, Pantone 705, Pantone Violet, Pantone Yellow.

Eagle eyes — Céline and Natalie check the proof

Céline holding the first proof.

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The FF Quixo Notebooks

As part of the release of FF Quixo we produced these gorgeous notebooks and additional dust jacket which doubles up as a specimen poster for the award winning typeface.

The moleskin size inspired notebook is made up of 32 pages with a luxury textured feel to it. Throughout both the notebook and poster four Pantone colours were used. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these we will be giving them out at TYPO San Francisco and TYPO Berlin!

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About FF Quixo


“Quixo” is an onomatopoeic exaggeration. If you are a good listener, you will know that the word comes directly from the sound of dipping a brush into a bottle of ink. It is also the sound of that same bottle, dropping on the floor: “Quix-O!!”.


FF Quixo is a tool-based typeface family, based on the contrast of the pointed pen. Conceived from Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag, the typeface is rooted in handwriting and explores the concept of increasing tool size in relation to weight. The visual influence of the tool is barely visible in the Regular weight, but more extreme in the Black one. The incorruptible result is a diverse spectrum of 12 styles (6 weights with Roman and Italic in each) suitable for compact and concise passages of text.


FF Quixo plays on various sides of creative type – headline and text, bold and fine. It is a typeface that can show a playful side without looking goofy and is equipped with all the features and considerations necessary to produce complex typography. It feels at home whenever a touch of personality, whim, and symbols are required, but also provides the necessary precision for more functional applications.

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Purchase FF Quixo


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Featured Web FontFonts, March 2014

Letter Fountain — FF Profile Web

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The Letter Fountain is a site created to support students and teachers who use the book Letter Fountain. The Letter Fountain is a unique typeface handbook: in addition to examining the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet (as well as punctuation marks and special characters), the book cross-references type designs with important works of art and art movements from Gutenberg’s times until today.

The clear uncluttered letter forms of Martin Wenzel’s FF Profile Web are perfect for the layout of this website dedicated to this typeface handbook.

Offset — FF DIN Web

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Offset is a new, curated collection of extraordinary, engaging imagery from top artists and storytellers around the world. Offset has an exceptional mix of photography and illustration, both commercial and editorial imagery from best-in-class artists who shoot for major advertising clients and world-renowned brands.

Since its release in the mid-1990s, the phenomenon that is Albert-Jan Pool’s FF DIN Web has pervaded corporate and publication typography.

California Sunday Magazine — FF Tisa Web

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The California Sunday Magazine comes from the lab of Pop-Up Magazine. Together they set out to produce unforgettable storytelling from the West Coast of America. The pronounced serifs make Mitja Miklavčič’s FF Tisa Web extremely legible. Its unique details—including slightly exaggerated ink traps and a fairly upright italic—are particularly visible in display sizes.

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FF Ernestine In-Use: Venco Liquorice Packaging

FF Ernestine has come over all sweet in its latest ‘In-Use’ case as the chosen font for Venco liquorice packaging. Available in several different flavours and styles including sweet, salty, salmiak, soft or tough, these Dutch liquorice treats are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

FF Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monolinear text typeface whose design could encompass seemingly opposite feelings. Its designer Nina Stössinger wanted to develop a solution that would feel warm, but also serious; slightly feminine, but not too swirly-girly – charming and sturdy at the same time.  

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Talking Types #05 and #06 with Irma Boom and Ramiro Espinoza

Our latest Talking Type podcasts feature interviews with book designer Irma Boom and graphic and type designer Ramiro Espinoza during the ATypI 2013 conference.

Providing an insight into her latest projects, Irma also gives her thoughts on incorporating typography into book designs, whilst Ramiro tells us about his type foundry, Re-Type.

You can listen to both of these and more via our Soundcloud and iTunes pages.

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Making of FFMark.com

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First sketches for the mobile version of FFMark.com
The CPU-intensive elements like the fullscreen video, live blur and the overlay feature were removed
in favour of a better perfomance on mobile devices.

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We are pleased to announce that the Type Directors Club (TDC) have given recognition to the FFMark.com microsite with a “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” in the TDC Communication Design competition.

Both FF Mark and FFMark.com were, in many respects, unique ventures in the history of FontFont with each case taking a contemporary approach on established classic ideas.

Whilst the new FF Mark was formed as a reinterpretation of a classic Geometric sans, FFmark.com was created as a modern design of a digital specimen. Created as part of the FF Mark release the idea behind the site was to replace a standard font sample with something deeper, more interactive, informative and playful.

Unlike a normal font sample FFMark.com provides a greater insight into the capabilities and background of FF Mark. Some of the key features on the site include:

- FreeFönt download
- A new way of comparing weights
- Interactive Type Sampler
- Interactive mockup generator: Test and preview the typeface across
  various different media formats and application
- A historical look into classic geometric sans

World-renowned type designer Hannes von Döhren worked together with FontFont’s Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department to create the new typeface in October 2013.

From here they went on to work with FontFont’s marketing team, fronted by Alexander Roth, to design FFMark.com, utilising an analogue approach of sketches as opposed to designing straight into digital format.

Once the final sketches were complete only then was the final artwork digitalised and passed to the development wizard, Rob Meek who created the site over a period of two weeks.

The sketches below from the early stages of the site design represent only the inventory of elements and features without any serious attempts to design them at this stage and so should be viewed as neither beautiful, nor ugly but simply useful.

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World clock adapts to day and night

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Weight overview

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Historical essay on geometric sans serifs

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Study of possible positions for navigational elements and ideas for interaction with the FF Mark font on the microsite.

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Inventory of icons and their possible position.

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Navigation is crucial. It took a while until we came up with a satisfactory solution.

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Brainstorming about the interactive mock-up generator and the necessary elements to allow the user the best possible testing experience
 

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Thoughts on the functions of the mock-up chapter.

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Overview of the featured elements such as bookjacket, poster, website and a mobile device.

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The very first storyboard for the chapters of the microsite and their functions.

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Navigation and chapters.

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From the beginning it was clear that we wanted provide a powerful type tester which includes sliders for the font size and leading. As well as an image upload feature and a weight overlay functions to compare different individual weights or all at once.

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Thoughts on how to present the numeral sets aside from sober overviews.

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For people who are interested in using FF Mark on printed matter, a high quality downloadable PDF specimen was created. It provides an extensive overview of all weights and styles.

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The type tester is a very important feature on the FFMark.com microsite.
Therefore a lot of effort was invested to make it as good as possible for testing the FF Mark typeface.
 

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Ideas for the opening video.

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Storyboard for the opening video which was filmed by Max Zerrahn.

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FF Liant In-Use: Weleda packaging

WeledaThe next in our FontFont ‘In-Use’ series features natural cosmetic brand Weleda, which uses FF Liant across all of its packaging.

Weleda is a multinational company that produces both beauty products and naturopathic medicines. It is dedicated to using entirely 'natural' ingredients and none of their ingredients or products are tested on animals. The company also uses a green energy supplier and are passionate about education for their farmers and their communities. They also abide to fair trade practices and operate in five continents with 20 direct subsidiaries, partnerships in 53 countries, and close to 2,000 employees worldwide. 

FF Liant was originally designed for Weleda in 1976 by Ingrid Liche, with one of most notable characteristics being its lively lines, the forms for which are taken from nature, helping further embody the messaging behind the brand.

However in the early 1990s the company divided and gave up its brand name recognition giving Liche the opportunity to distribute FF Liant exclusively via FontFont. Since then she has re-digitized the font, adding several ligatures and expanding the face to a three weight family.

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ÜberFontFont FF Nexus

For the first ÜberFontFonts of 2014 we take a look at FF Nexus.

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The hottest superfamily of the moment (and the highest climbing in our popularity charts) is the creation of Martin Majoor, the designer of FontFont favourites FF Scala and FF Seria. When Martin designed FF Scala and FF Scala Sans between 1988 and 1994, the idea was to design a serif, humanistic typeface from which a sans serif version would be derived. Martin called it: ‘two typefaces, one form principle.’ This became the basis of his type design philosophy. However ten years later he expanded it to ‘three typefaces, one form principle’, a Serif, a Sans and a Slab – and so the FF Nexus type system was born, consisting of FF Nexus Serif, FF Nexus Sans, the slab-like FF Nexus Mix – plus the additional monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter.

‘FF Nexus is, in my opinion, the best typeface I have created so far,’ says Majoor. ‘With FF Nexus Mix, I introduced a third family member in my type design philosophy, and I am happy that this slab version is not a stand-alone typeface; it feels best when accompanied by serif and sans.’

And as one of our top rated ÜberFontFonts, it is clear that FontFont users agree!

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Warsaw Autumn Festival 2008 booklet designed by Martin Majoor.

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Karbid Book Giveaway - The Winners

Time is up to enter our competition to win one of 15 copies of the new Karbid: Berlin - From Lettering to Type Design!

Thank you for all of your beautiful and inspiring entries, we wish we could have given each one a prize, but here are the 15 images that really caught the eye of FF Karbid’s designer, Verena Gerlach:

Andrea Curtis

Andrea Curtis – Michigan, USA

Eero Antturi

Eero Antturi – Helsinki, Finland

Etienne Pouvreau

Étienne Pouvreau – Ocqueville, France

Felix Arnold

Felix Arnold – Walkringen, Switzerland

Florian Hardwig

Florian Hardwig  Berlin, Germany

Paul O'Rely

Paul O’Rely – São Paulo, Brazil

Nicolaskrizan Skovde

Nicolas Krizan  Skövde, Sweden

Georg Andreas Suhr

Georg Andreas Suhr – Westbengal, India

Martina Flor

Martina Flor – Berlin, Germany

Ralf Zeigermann

Ralf Zeigermann  Brussels, Belgium

Scott Maurer

Scott Maurer – Madison Wisconsin, USA

Peter Presseg

Peter Presseg – Vienna, Austria

Stephan Wilke

Stephan Wilke  Berlin, Germany

Slávka Pauliková

Slávka Pauliková  Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Shtiliana Andonova

Shtiliana Andonova  Krumovo, Bulgaria

 

All of our lucky winners will be notified and can look forward to receiving this beautiful book by post.

Published by Ypsilon Éditeur in trilingual (French, English and German) format, the Karbid book is a text and pictorial archive telling the complete story behind Verena Gerlach’s typeface FF Karbid that also pays homage to the history of German lettering and the letter paintings of Berlin.

Once again thanks to all those who took part, it was fantastic to see what lettering in and around your city inspires you!

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