News: Miscellaneous

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.

permalink

Making of FFMark.com

Mark

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.

line

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.

line

Mark

Full screen video

Mark

Realtime blur/unblur while scrolling

Mark

Type tester

Mark

Customisable background

Mark

Character set overview

Mark

Supported OpenType features

Mark

Language support

Mark

World clock adapts to day and night

Mark

Mark

Weight overview

Mark

Overlay all weights at once

Mark

Compare weights

Mark

Interactive mock-up generator

Mark

Historical essay on geometric sans serifs

Mark

Designer bios

line

Mark

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

Mark

Mark

Inventory of icons and their possible position.

Mark

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

Mark

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

Mark

Mark

Thoughts on the functions of the mock-up chapter.

Mark

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

Mark

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

Mark

Navigation and chapters.

Mark

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.

Mark

Mark

Mark

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

Mark

Mark

Mark

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.

Mark

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.
 

Mark

Ideas for the opening video.

Mark

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

Mark

Mark

permalink

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.

Weleda

Weleda

Weleda

Weleda

 

FF Liant Weleda

permalink

ÜberFontFont FF Nexus

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

Nexus Showing

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!

Nexus Principle

Nexus Italic

Nexus In-Use

Warsaw Autumn Festival 2008 booklet designed by Martin Majoor.

permalink

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!

permalink

At Home With: Jörg Hemker

Once again we are in Hamburg, this time at the home of type designer and typography lecturer Jörg Hemker for the most recent instalment of our At Home With’ series.

Seen here in his stylish city apartment we get a real insight into Jörgs world and what makes him tick. Much like his two typefaces, FF Sero (one of our top selling font families) and FF Zwo, Jörgs apartment is contemporary, neat, constructivist and yet functionable. The use of strong colours compliment one another on a background of white simplicity, suggesting an ordered and yet well thoughtout playfulness to this modern living space.

See more on Behance and Flickr. Photography by Max Zerrahn.

At Home With Jörg Hemker 

At Home With Jörg Hemker

 

At Home With Jörg Hemker

At Home With Jörg HemkerAt Home With Jörg Hemker


FontFonts by Jörg Hemker:

lineSero

line

Zwo


permalink

The FontFont year in 2013

In anticipation of the new year ahead we took a quick look back at the year that was.
Our 2013 went a little something like this:
Annual Report 2013

  • Five new staff members came onboard, reaching a combined total of 1271 years in life (and font) experience. 
  • 50% of us favored the humble bicycle as the preferred method of transport, and of the remaining few, 26% opted for public transport with the rest split evenly between foot and car.
  • We clocked up 50000+ work air-miles, traveling across three continents, exploring 12 cities. We shared, watched, listened and learnt a thousand things or two at 12 different conferences and our fonts now support up to 170 languages. 
  • We created three microsites and five print specimens with altogether 10 different pantone colours in total.
  • 580 tweets were typed and we hit the 26846 followers mark.
  • Four new designers joined the family, seven new typeface designs enriched our library, bringing our tally to 171 designers, 399 families and 2588 fonts in total.


To all our designers and friends, thank you for your creativity, support and mutual love for type.

2013 was a great year.

Here is to an even better one for 2014.

permalink
January 13th, 2014 Comments

Featured Web FontFonts, January 2014

Erased Tapes - FF Netto Web

 

FF Netto Web

Based in London, Erased Tapes Records is an independent record label with a specific interest in releasing avant-garde music. With a roster of contemporary classical music composers, including musician of the moment Nils Frahm, Erased Tapes is a melting pot of brilliant innovative and imaginative musicians.

The use of Daniel Utz’s recently revamped FF Netto Web with its revised curves and connections aesthetically brings together this hub of music creativity.

PONS - FF Sero Web

Pons.eu

PONS.eu is the free online dictionary by Stuttgart based PONS Publishing. Dictionary users can consult 12 million words and phrases in 12 different languages including German, French and Spanish. Jörg Hemker’s FF Sero Web with its legibility of a humanist sans serif typeface, versatility and flexibility fits well within this international reaching site.


Umweltbundesamt - FF Marselis, FF Meta Web and FF Meta Serif Web

UBA

Umweltbundesamt (UBA) is Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency. Operating as the country’s main environmental protection agency, the UBA is responsible for providing German citizens with a healthy environment in which to live in. The use of FF Marselis and its humanistic forms for the UBA logo embodies the humanist interests of the agency perfectly. Whilst the use of one of the most popular typeface of the computer era, FF Meta Web and its newer counterpart, FF Meta Serif Web, create a reassuringly familiar yet fresh feel.

permalink
January 7th, 2014 Comments

Karbid Book Giveaway

Karbid Book Giveaway

To celebrate the recent release of the book Karbid: Berlin—From Lettering to Type Design, we have 15 copies to giveaway.

To win: send us a picture of a piece of lettering in your city that inspires you.

Email your photo to news@fontfont.com with your name, city, occupation, delivery address, and the subject title “Letters in my City”. The winners will be selected by Verena Gerlach.

Deadline extended!

Entries close 31st January 2014: 15 winners will receive a copy of the book and submissions will also be featured on our FontFont Flickr page. Winners will be announced on the fontfont.com news page.

Read more about the FF Karbid and the making of the book here.

permalink

At Home With: Achaz Reuss

We are in Hamburg and at home with type designer and creative director Achaz Reuss for the latest instalment of our ‘At Home With’ series. He is one design half (alongside Albert-Jan Pool) behind our bestseller FF DIN and is also responsible for one of our recent Über FontFontsFF QType.

In green-scape surrounds, this classic modernist home takes on a quiet elegance and understated design sensibility. The beauty is in the finer details and the arrangement of the space and everything within it. Much like his typefaces, it also encompasses a new kind of traditional – an effortless and royal modern kind.

See more on Behance and Flickr. Photography by Max Zerrahn.

At Home With Achaz ReussAt Home With Achaz ReussAt Home With Achaz ReussAt Home With Achaz ReussAt Home With Achaz ReussAt Home With Achaz Reuss

FontFonts by Achaz Reuss:

FF DIN (co-designed with Albert-Jan Pool)

FF DIN

FF QType

FF QType 

 

 

permalink