Über FontFonts are typefaces that have been in demand the most during the last three months.
This quarter we welcome FF Child’s Play by John Critchley to the Über FontFont hall of fame. Frozen in time, FF Child’s Play is a collection of unique typefaces that are based on the handwriting of children aged between five and ten years old. Featuring a special dingbat font composed entirely of children’s drawings and a series of paint effects, it’s a firm favorite among children’s authors and illustrators.
Take a look back at all the previous Über FontFonts.permalink
The evening was hosted by both Erik Spiekermann and Johannes Erler, his long time friend and renowned graphic designer who authored the biography which both celebrates and explores Erik’s over 30-year career and body of work.
Together with Johannes, Erik went over the milestones in his life and offered personal perspectives with selection of success stories and some that weren’t as successful!
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The overview includes: A big sample word, a character set extract (both are identical throughout all styles, so you can compare them between each other), an extract of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travel as sample copy in 12 and 14pt, plus an overview of the symbols that are included in FF Franziska (line thickness of the symbols correspond to the weight of the style).
As one of the most characteristic letters in any typeface, especially in FF Franziska, ‘g’ was the perfect choice of letter to act as the inspiration for the poster artwork.
We will be offering a few lucky font fans the chance to get their hands on one of these in our next FontFont Newsletter. If you haven’t subscribed to it yet you can do so via this link!
Above: The colors correspond to the colors of the 'g’ rendered on a screen in 10pt.
About FF Franziska
Started as a master thesis at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (Germany) under the guidance of Albert-Jan Pool and Prof. André Heers in 2012, Jakob Runge created FF Franziska a robust serif type family for setting body copy as well as headlines using Hairline and Black. The typeface has been conceived as a hybrid of a serif and slab serif which becomes evident when comparing the weights from Hairline to Black. It has a generous x-height and short descenders. The italics have a rather slight angle of slope and playful shapes derived from handwriting. A range of icons including various arrows and signs like thumb up and down complement the usual figure sets, small caps and stylistic alternates.
This great reinterpretation of FF Mark features in a project that looks at the construction of a fictional Hungarian Guggenheim in Budapest whilst asking the question: How would it take shape in today’s Hungary?
During the three stages of the project, FF Mark is transformed into a folding alphabet, giving a whole new look to one of the most popular typefaces in the FontFont library.
Take a look at the whole project here.
About FF Mark
FF Mark is a self-initiated collaboration between Hannes von Döhren, FontFont’s very own Christoph Koeberlin, and the entire FontFont Type Department. With the creative support/input of no less than Erik Spiekermann, they designed this distinctive typeface. FF Mark is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time. On closer inspection, letter shapes are wider, letter proportions are better balanced and the x-height is uncharacteristically “normal” or higher, which increases its versatility tremendously.
FFMark.com is the microsite alternative to a normal font sample for FF Mark, providing a greater insight into the capabilities and background of the typeface.
We were over the moon to be approached by Gallery Print, the Berlin based printer specialising in cooperations with designers and artists, to design their 2015 calendar.
Not just an ordinary calendar the custom design also doubles up as FontFont® typeface specimen, offering daily font inspiration with 365 selected FontFonts hidden behind the scratch-off panels of each day!
Designed as a set of posters, each month can be positioned side by side making it perfect for long term planning as well as offering fantastic type inspiration after use as a calendar. To find out more behind the theory and design behind this brilliantly unusual calendar head over to our Behance page.
So fancy getting your hands on a free copy? Then be sure to come down to Gallery Print's ‘End of Summer' party on Friday 29th August at 7pm for food, drinks and dancing whilst a cool selection of DJs spin vinyl on top of the printers!
To get involved all you have to do is sign up to the guest list by August 25th on gallery-print.de/party.
We came across this fantastic FF Good “In-Use” case by the Warsaw Museum and its recent branding overhaul. The stylish and tasteful rebrand saw a full update of all marketing material, stationary and advertisements.
As a sans serif family in the American Gothic tradition FF Good has something of an old heritage whilst maintaining a new and modern feel. This helps the typeface to effectively convey the sense of the history held by the museum, whilst keeping its image firmly in the 21st century.permalink
We love any opportunity to be able to share our top tips and tools with you, because we know our own lives would be much harder if it wasn’t for the variety of Open Source tools we use in our font production workflow.
Which is why we’ve set up our own Github account where we will share tools from time to time to make your life easier.
The first thing we have to share with you is RoboChrome, an extension for the RoboFont editor, which enables font developers to add colour information to their UFO files and export it to the new colour font formats. A fantastic tool, we put it to good use when building our free FF Copa flag font that was released for the World Cup back in June.
Published under an Open Source licence, you can get your own copy of RoboChrome via our GitHub account: https://github.com/fontfont/RoboChrome
For the latest in our Über FontFont series we celebrate the rather delightful FF Kava! This soft sans serif family is a revised version of Yanone Kaffeesatz, a typeface which became one of the most successful free fonts since Yanone released it about ten years ago.
Originally reminiscent of the old coffee house grotesk typefaces from the 1920s when shown in its heavier weights, the current FF Kava has become a more rounded version of the old Yanone Kaffeesatz. This contemporary family has a black weight, small caps and italics all designed to enhance its versatility thus resulting in an attractive, flexible and modern typeface perfect for our Über FontFont collection.
FF Mark — “Ze Germanetric sans” has most recently been used in this beautiful reprint, by Przemek Dębowski and printed by Polish publishing house Karakter, of a collection of essays by the founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius. Gropius’ “The Scope of Total Architecture” was originally written at a the time of an industrial boom during the early 20th Century, a time that bears a lot of influence on FF Mark — an up-to-date typeface rooted in 1920s German geometry. As a family that maintains the integrity of tradition but in a contemporary context, FF Mark is the ideal type partner to this collection of essays that are is still considered to be applicable to modern architecture today.
For these images and more head to the FontFont Behance page.
About FF Mark
FF Mark is a self-initiated collaboration between Hannes von Döhren, FontFont’s very own Christoph Koeberlin, and the entire FontFont Type Department. With the creative support/input of no less than Erik Spiekermann, they designed this distinctive typeface. FF Mark is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time. On closer inspection, letter shapes are wider, letter proportions are better balanced and the x-height is uncharacteristically “normal” or higher, which increases its versatility tremendously.permalink
Rhizom is a student magazine project from the Department of Design at FH Münster and is a perfect example of Jakob Runge’s FF Franziska in action. Throughout the project several of the widths available within the family are put into use, contributing towards the clear design layout and flow of the magazine.permalink