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FF Bauer Grotesk in action

FF Bauer Grotesk

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FF Bauer Grotesk is a revival of the metal type Friedrich Bauer Grotesk, released between 1933 and 1934 by the foundry Trennert & Sohn in Hamburg Altona, Germany. The geometric construction of the typeface, infused with the Art Déco zeitgeist of that era, is closely related to famous German designs such as Futura, Erbar, Kabel and Super Grotesk that debuted a few years earlier. However, Bauer Grotesk stands out for not being so dogmatic with the geometry, lending the design a warmer, more homogenous feeling. The oval ‘O’ is a good example of this approach, as are characteristic shapes like the capital ‘M’ or the unconventional varying stroke endings on the ‘c’ and ‘s’ which give them a less constructed look.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

Thomas Ackermann and Felix Bonge equipped FF Bauer Grotesk with a large variety of alternate characters in the upright and italic weights respectively, e.g. a lower case ‘e’ with two different stroke endings, ‘t’ with a straight and a round terminal. It also comes with playful umlauts such as the dots in the bowl of the ‘Ü’. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk

All fonts come in eight astonishing sets of figures, including playful numerals in square or circular outlines—both positive and negative. All these sets have alternative shapes for figures ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘4’ and ‘7’. 

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A selection of shapes, arrows and even hands (with little sleeves) round off the font. What’s more, note the selection of “Hanseatic features”: an umbrella, an anchor and the coat of arms of the city of Altona.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

True to the historic examples of Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk and Genzsch-Grotesk, FF Bauer Grotesk is equipped with both pointing and flat climaxes in ‘A’, ‘M’, ‘N’, ‘V’, and ‘W’.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

While ‘G’ and ‘R’ feature a high “art-deco-waist” in Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk, they have been digitized in that historic model as well as in more contemporary shapes. ‘Q’ also comes in its original appearance as well as in two new alternative forms. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk

FF Bauer Grotesk features all ligatures in demand. Of course some of them have different sets of stroke endings. Unfortunately the ‘fff’-ligature cannot be used in German words such as Sauerstoffflasche or Schifffahrt—that would be considered a typo. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk Light

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FF Bauer Grotesk Light Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Regular

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FF Bauer Grotesk Book

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FF Bauer Grotesk Demi Bold

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The Unveiling of FF 68!

We are excited to introduce our final release of 2014! As usual it is jam-packed with typographic treats: From the revival of a hidden gem to new weights for a FontFont favorite to a slab serif sister for one of our most in-demand typefaces. And if this wasn’t enough, our newly updated Web FontFonts raise the bar for enhanced web typography again. 

FF Bauer GroteskNew Design: FF Bauer Grotesk

First off, we welcome FF Bauer Grotesk – the highly anticipated revival of the Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk typeface – originally released in 1934 by the Hamburg-Altona-based foundry, J. D. Trennert & Sohn. Friedrich Bauer designed his Grotesk with a nod to famous German designs such as Futura, Erbar, Kabel and Super Grotesk; its geometric construction is infused with a touch of Art Deco. Fast forward eighty years to Thomas Ackermann and Felix Bonge’s warmer and more homogenous adaptation FF Bauer Grotesk. It is ideal for those looking for something with historical weight to use across editorial, packaging, publishing, and ephemera. 

 FF Milo Slab

New Design: FF Milo Slab

FF Milo Slab is the newest member of Mike Abbink’s FF Milo super family. Singularly distinct and yet reassuringly solid, the slab retains many similarities of its sans and serif counterparts,but has undergone a wide range of careful adjustments from increased contrast, longer ascenders and descenders and modified glyphs in the heavier weights. All of these changes amount to a typeface that feels like FF Milo but with an identity of its own. The result of several years development between FF Milo designer Mike Abbink and Jesse Vega, FF Milo Slab comes with similar features to its siblings including nine weights, small caps, old style, lining, and tabular figures as well as some alternative glyphs to mix it up.

A perfect workhorse typeface suitable for headlines, posters/banners, magazines and advertising. 

FF Utility

 

New Weights: FF Utility

A creative and contemporary sans serif, Lukas Schneider’s FF Utility has acquired Thin & Extra Light weights to its now seven weight roster. An extremely legible typeface, FF Utility sets a mean line of text and can be used for almost anything. Both new weights are perfect for anyone working with larger text such as headlines.

 

New Functionality: Web FontFonts with OpenType Layout Features

We are delighted to announce that as of today the majority of our Web FontFonts now include OpenType Layout Features. This means that you can spice up your web identity through the magic of ligatures, stylistic alternates, figure sets, fractions, small caps and even swashes (if available in the font). With these advanced typographic features,  specifically built for the web and supported by all desktop browsers (except Safari), OpenType gives you endless opportunities to bring online type to life. See them in action on our microsite and watch the video we created in collaboration with Stark Films.

What’s more, we’ve streamlined and improved our webfont formats and fully updated the free Subsetter tool so that you can customize your Web FontFonts for optimum performance.

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New Release - FF67

Summer is well and truly here and so is the new FF67 release!

With the release of FF Franziska by type design newbie Jakob Runge, condensed and Cyrillic extensions for Morten Olsen’s FF Max, two new web friendly designs from FF Mister K designer Julia Sysmäläinen and FontFont’s first icon collection especially designed for user interfaces, this promises to be a good one!

New Release: FF Franziska

Originating from Jakob Runge’s masters thesis at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, FF Franziska was selected at the first public TypeBoard meeting during TYPO Berlin 2013. Planned as a hybrid of sturdy slab and serif, its regular weight is built to sustain unfavourable circumstances, such as bad printing techniques or low resolution screens. The extreme weights of the family represent the two poles of FF Franziska: the quiet mono-linear and filigree Hairline feels like a pure slab serif, whilst the dark and substantial Black weight comes with the feeling of a serif.

A diverse typeface, its extroverted italic differs itself from the roman by its playful shapes which can often be found in handwriting.

The 20 style family is already proving itself to be an exceptionally useful typographic tool with a pre-release version of the typeface already in use as a text face for the German magazine Zeit and the Swiss printed Bündner Tagblatt among several other publications.

FF Franziska

New Styles and Language Extension:
FF Max Condensed and Cyrillic

Inspired by Aldo Novarese’s Eurostile (1962) but rounder and friendlier in form, Morten Olsen’s humanist sans serif works well as a headline face for both magazines and newspapers whilst also working well in small point sizes. For this latest release Morten substantially extended FF Max’s 18 normal-width styles with 18 condensed styles, all of which now have their own Cyrillic versions. With the new condensed styles the family can now be used for an even wider range of tasks, and the language extension makes it functional for all of our customers who need Cyrillic characters for writing Russian, Bulgarian and other Cyrillic-based languages.

FF Netto Icons UI

 

New Design: FF Mister K Splendid

Continuing with her use of Kafka’s often ironic literary oeuvre as an inspirational source, FF Mister K designer Julia Sysmäläinen has created two new web friendly designs – FF Mister K Splendid Regular and Light.

“... two friends, one of them blond, resembling Richard Strauss, smiling, reserved, clever; the other dark, correctly dressed, well mannered yet firm, too dainty, lisped; both of them gourmets, kept drinking wine, coffee, beer, brandy, smoked incessantly, one poured for the other …” — Franz Kafka

The two new designs, based on the lively and quirky charms of the two Danish friends as described by Kafka, are both well dressed, well mannered, enjoy the pleasures of life but have their own little faults and exaggerations. Together they make a splendid “semi perfect” typeface duo bringing delight to both large and small screens as well as printed pages.

These two new FF Mister K Splendids are also the first members of the family available as web fonts. While the original FF Mister K’s complex OpenType layout features and large file size make it not yet ready for embedding in websites, FF Mister K Splendid has been designed especially with web use in mind, demonstrating what is possible with today’s webfonts.

FF Mister K Splendid

 

New Release: FF UI Icons 

For the first time in FontFont history we can announce the release of a collection of specially designed user interface icon sets to create the FF UI Icons pack.

Having researched which icons are most commonly required for user interface design we asked the designers of our most successful FontFont Pi & Symbols families: FF Dingbats 2.0, FF Mister K Dingbats, FF Netto Icons, and FF Transit Pict to draw these 85 icons in their particular design style. Each font from the FF UI Icons pack contains the same set of icons, enabling users to keep one visual style throughout their apps or websites.

FF UI Icons are available in TrueType-flavored OpenType format for desktop and app use and in WOFF/EOT formats for the web.

The collection also features a teaser from the upcoming typeface, FF Comic Jens by Jens Kutilek, who has given us a sample with 85 UI icons from his yet to be released family of casual handwriting fonts.

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FF67 New Release: FF Franziska

FF Franziska

Originating from Jakob Runge’s masters thesis at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, FF Franziska was selected at the first public TypeBoard meeting during TYPO Berlin 2013. Planned as a hybrid of sturdy slab and serif, its regular weight is built to sustain unfavourable circumstances, such as bad printing techniques or low resolution screens. The extreme weights of the family represent the two poles of FF Franziska: the quiet mono-linear and filigree Hairline feels like a pure slab serif, whilst the dark and substantial Black weight comes with the feeling of a serif.

A diverse typeface, its extroverted italic differs itself from the roman by its playful shapes which can often be found in handwriting.

The 20 style family is already proving itself to be an exceptionally useful typographic tool with a pre-release version of the typeface already in use as a text face for the German ZEITmagazine and the Swiss printed Bündner Tagblatt among several other publications.

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FF67 New Release: FF UI Icons

For the first time in FontFont history we can announce the release of a collection of specially designed user interface icon sets to create the FF UI Icons pack.

Having researched which icons are most commonly required for user interface design we asked the designers of our most successful FontFont Pi & Symbols families: FF Dingbats 2.0, FF Mister K Dingbats, FF Netto Icons, and FF Transit Pict to draw these 85 icons in their particular design style. Each font from the FF UI Icons pack contains the same set of icons, enabling users to keep one visual style throughout their apps or websites.

FF UI Icons are available in TrueType-flavored OpenType format for desktop and app use and in WOFF/EOT formats for the web.

The collection also features a teaser from the upcoming typeface, FF Comic Jens by Jens Kutilek, who has given us a sample with 85 UI icons from his yet to be released family of casual handwriting fonts.

FF UI Icons

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FF67 New Styles: FF Mister K Splendid

FF Mister K Splendid

Continuing with her use of Kafka’s often ironic literary oeuvre as an inspirational source, FF Mister K designer Julia Sysmäläinen has created two new web friendly designs – FF Mister K Splendid Regular and Light.

“... two friends, one of them blond, resembling Richard Strauss, smiling, reserved, clever; the other dark, correctly dressed, well mannered yet firm, too dainty, lisped; both of them gourmets, kept drinking wine, coffee, beer, brandy, smoked incessantly, one poured for the other …” — Franz Kafka

The two new designs, based on the lively and quirky charms of the two Danish friends as described by Kafka, are both well dressed, well mannered, enjoy the pleasures of life but have their own little faults and exaggerations. Together they make a splendid “semi perfect” typeface duo bringing delight to both large and small screens as well as printed pages.

These two new FF Mister K Splendids are also the first members of the family available as web fonts. While the original FF Mister K’s complex OpenType layout features and large file size make it not yet ready for embedding in websites, FF Mister K Splendid has been designed especially with web use in mind, demonstrating what is possible with today’s webfonts.

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FF67 New Language Extension and New Styles: FF Max Cyrillic & FF Max Condensed

FF Max

Inspired by Aldo Novarese’s Eurostile (1962) but rounder and friendlier in form, Morten Olsen’s humanist sans serif works well as a headline face for both magazines and newspapers whilst also working well in small point sizes. For this latest release Morten substantially extended FF Max’s 18 normal-width styles with 18 condensed styles, all of which now have their own Cyrillic versions.

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With the new condensed styles FF Max can now be used for an even wider range of tasks, and the language extension makes it functional for all of our customers who need Cyrillic characters for writing Russian, Bulgarian and other Cyrillic-based languages.

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FF Copa, The Free Colored Flag Font

Just in time for the FIFA World Cup™ Brazil 2014 we are pleased to offer FF Copa, a free multi-colour font consisting of the flags for each of the companies in the tournament.

Yes, you read it right: we’ve only gone and launched a font with multi-coloured pictograms! FF Copa

Until recently users could only colour font characters from the outside, via CSS, OpenType features (rasterized alternate characters), multi-layer fonts like many of the FontFonts (see What Can Layer FontFonts Do?). However, the likes of Google, Microsoft, Typopixo, Symbolset and the FontFont Type Department have been developing ways to make working with coloured fonts a whole lot easier.

It was over a decade ago at the “Information” themed TYPO 2002, that Jan Chipchase gave us a first insight into the colourful future of digital written messages when he presented several mobile phones with blinking displays. One of these phones, designed by the biggest Japanese mobile phone provider DoCoMo, used the mobile service i-Mode became increasingly popular among millions of Japanese people for its use of graphics. As a result of this rise to fame, i-Mode engineer Shigetaka Kurita who had developed the (partly animated) pictograms at the end of the 90s, received the title of the father of Emoji.

Coming back to today the FontFont Type Department developed the new flag font FF Copa as a technical demo for a crossplatform compatible solution. However as the much desired standard for multi-coloured fonts has not yet been established it is not currently viable to create a Twitter or Facebook message using the new typeface.

BUT emails and much more is possible!

FF Copa currently works on the Mac with all applications that use the system text engine, e. g. Word, TextEdit and Mail but does require email recipients to also have installed the free font in order to correctly receive the flag message.

With applications in which FF Copa works you can also create PDFs and images, perfect for creating tournament sweepstakes, game plans (on and offline) or merely printing the flags!

Programmes with their own text engine (e. g. Adobe CS) are currently unable to use FF Copa, the same also goes for many browsers, except Firefox (which can display the SVG glyphs of the webfont on all platforms) and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.

The download archive of FF Copa consists of a webfont (.woff) and two TrueType fonts (.ttf standard and .ttf Mac-optimized), EULAs and a html file.

So don’t delay and get your version of the free flag-tastic FF Copa now!

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New Release: FF 66

We can gleefully declare our long awaited release is finally here! And what an interesting one it has turned out to be.

We welcome newcomer FF Antithesis from young German designer Yanone, an incredible extension for Łukasz Dziedzics FF Good and a reorganisation of Jürgen Hubers FF Ginger Flamboyant.

New Design: FF Antithesis

FF Antithesis

Based on the design principle of three poles, FF Antithesis is designed around the tension and dialogue between each of these. There are three members of the display family: Regular, Italic and Bold of which all relate to each other in a very high visual contrast.

The Regular member is a rather slabby serif, the Italic a connected script and the Bold a fat sans serif. Each are designed to work with each of the other two, in order to create design with high visual tension. Designed with a less is more attitude in terms of family size, Yanone has also created a contemporary dance art and music based film to accompany the typeface. Set to be launched this spring at TYPO San Francisco and TYPO Berlin, the purpose of the ten minute film is to present the typeface as more than just a typeface but as an interdisciplinary work of art.

A typeface perfectly apt for creative purposes and as part of statement pieces it looks set to become the new cool font of choice.

New Extension: FF Good

FF Good

The size of our next announcement is a first for us here at FontFont.

FF Good, the upright, straight-sided sans serif designed by Warsaw based designer Łukasz Dziedzic, originally entered the library as a typeface with nine styles. However following an overhaul in 2010 the typeface jumped to 30 styles with an additional 30 styles for the titling version FF Good Headline.

Now within the FF 66 release the family has received yet another revamp making FF Good and FF Good Headline our biggest typeface family ever with a total of 196 styles between them! The newly extended family now includes seven weights ranging from Light to Ultra, and seven widths from Compressed to Extended for both FF Good and FF Good Headline, all with matching italics and small caps for both roman and italic styles. 

Due to its subtle weight and width graduation, it is the perfect companion for interface, editorial, and web designers. This allows the individual to pick the style best suited to their layout.

For the whole of April all of our complete FF Good and FF Good Headline family packages (Collections and Complete Suites) will be reduced by 30%.

And for a extra dose of good news we can also confirm that as of the latest release the new style FF Good News will be available at the incredible price of 5 EUR/GBP/AUS/USD. 

Reorganisation: FF Ginger Flamboyant

FF Ginger Flamboyant

A reorganisation of Jürgen Hubers FF Ginger has resulted in FF Ginger Flamboyant now being available as a stand alone typeface instead of an OpenType layout feature as before.

FF Ginger Flamboyant consists of Light and Regular, which add a spark to individual letters and initial capitals, vamping up the plainest of texts.

FF Ginger is an alternative to the widely-used Crillee and Serpentine faces, which are especially popular for their bold italic variants. They express speed and dynamism and are popular choices for internet providers, couriers, service bureaus, etc. FF Gingers Light weight and matching icons extend its typographic scope.

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New Release: FF 65

Our latest release line up features a FontFont newcomer alongside one of our seasoned type pros. Introducing FF Quixo, a brand new design by Frank Grießhammer as well as new weights to the FF Profile family in FF Profile Thin and FF Profile Extra Light by Martin Wenzel.

New Design

FF Quixo

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“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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FF Profile Thin / FF Profile Extra Light

FF Profile Thin & FF Profile Extra Light

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FF Profile Thin and FF Profile Extra Light are the latest extensions to Martin Wenzel’s popular FF Profile family. Made for legibility, the family of sans serifs unites timeless forms together for a contemporary approach. Where other thin type players stay typically cool, FF Profile Thin and Extra Light manage to maintain warmth with its truly humanist design charm and special stroke endings.

Thinly sliced (at 100pt, the stem weight for FF Profile Thin is 2 points, with horizontal strokes at 1.8 points), the new extreme light weights stand firm and individual at large scales yet are still very legible in smaller sizes. The two new feather-weight faces come with Italics and Small Caps plus Greek and Cyrillic support, making them versatile all-rounders and ideal for flat design (hello iOS) and graphics.

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