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.
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.permalink
We can gleefully declare our long awaited release is finally here! And what an interesting one it has turned out to be.
New Design: 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
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.
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 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 Ginger’s Light weight and matching icons extend its typographic scope.permalink
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.
“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.
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.permalink
FF63 saw a FontFont milestone with the App+ license and this latest release is just as much an occasion as the last. With two brand new designs and Cyrillic language updates to three of our Pro packages, we have been counting down the days in high anticipation – we are simply super thrilled to bring you FF64.
New meets old meets technic, FF Mark is more than just an average geometric sans. A special type project, Ze new Germanetric sans is a collaboration by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin, and the FontFont Type Department with creative support from Erik Spiekermann.
True to geometric tradition yet contemporary for today’s needs, the family of 10 weights ranging from Hairline to Black is designed with versatility in mind. Extreme weights have been engineered to shine bright in large sizes and middle weights optimized for body copy.
And to mark the launch of FF Mark, we are launching a new microsite to showcase and celebrate the thinking and creative process behind the typeface. Discover, interact with and download the exclusive Free Fönt at www.ffmark.com.
Four years in the making and designed with utmost precision Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan’s latest expansion of the FF Kievit superfamily has arrived.
The long-anticipated FF Kievit Slab has been carefully adjusted and fine-tuned in width and contrast to help make it an extremely robust and elegant typeface.
Typographical finesse has been delivered in the form of small caps, old style, lining, and tabular figures, and a mountain of OpenType glory.
The entire superfamily is well suited for editorial and book design, packaging and superfit for corporate branding and creative industries.
Language Extensions & Updates
Talk in even more type tongues with welcomed Cyrillic updates for FF Mister K Regular, FF Mister K Informal, FF Profile and FF Tisa Sans. Our extensive library also offer fonts for several scripts aside from Latin, including Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and even Armenian.permalink
Our latest release FF 63 not only contains a beautiful new Slab addition to the FF Marselis family but it also marks a new era in licensing for FontFont.
We want you to spend your time making sure the typeface is the perfect fit for your project. To make it as easy as pie to get the font you need, we’re launching a brand new license, App+.
Comprehensive, affordable and available online, it’s now really simple to license FontFonts for apps, games, editable PDFs and more.
Whether you want to use FF DIN in a mobile app, enhance a car interface with FF Meta or embed your PowerPoint presentation with FF Scala, with App+ you can. What’s more, you don’t need to buy a license for every app or device, the one App+ license will cover them all. So, using FontFonts just got even easier and frustration-free!
FF Marselis Slab is the newest addition to Jan Maack’s FF Marselis superfamily. With revised letterforms and rounded inner corners to make the serifs more subtle, the Slab version also has more closed counters, a slightly reduced horizontal thickness and uneven diagonals compared to the Sans. FF Marselis and FF Marselis Slab are highly practical typefaces apt for corporate identities and numerous other branding projects.
Bundle and save
Now, when you purchase any combination of OpenType, Office, or Web FontFont formats from the same typeface family. Make sure you have every format you need for all present and future projects and save money too!
Introducing FF Dora, a brand new design from one of the youngest and the newest FontFont designers to join the library, FF Signa Slab a delightful edition to the comprehensively developed FF Signa Superfamily and FF Scala Jewel Pro, the language extension of the decorative version to the bestselling FF Scala – this is FF 62, our newest release.
FF Dora was originally drawn as a graduation project at the Type and Media masters course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, and was designed by editorial and book designer Slávka Pauliková. It is a headstrong type family consisting of five styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, and Display. FF Dora’s construction principles – especially in the italic and display styles – are based on a detailed study of today’s handwriting styles. The main focus was on transforming handwritten shapes into a serif text typeface, not a script face. Much of the distinctive personality of the typeface is derived from this idea. FF Dora is perfectly suited to editorial design, particularly for book and magazine typography. Primarily, it is intended to be used in small sizes but FF Dora’s qualities and styles, especially the display style, bring a certain playfulness to larger sized text.
FF Signa Slab is the newest addition to the comprehensively developed FF Signa Superfamily designed by Ole Søndergaard. With square curves, high shoulders and a characteristically sparse construction, FF Signa Slab comes in seven weights, each with companion italics. The face includes all the necessities needed for professional typesetting such as small caps and the Pro version includes support for Cyrillic-based languages.
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A brand new design ideal for modern devices, two long awaited and highly anticipated extensions and a whole host of language updates and new Office and Web versions – say hello to FF 61, our latest release.
FF Videtur is based on bitmap fonts that were created by Axel Bertram, one of East Germany’s most legendary designers, for the state television broadcaster GDR-TV. Bertram spent a great deal of time researching and testing the display conditions of 625-line television screens. His findings prompted the creation of Videtur, a functional open serif with moderate contrast and a highly unique shape. Fast forward two decades later and with a helping hand from FontFont’s Head of Type, Andreas Frohloff, the whole character set has been completely re-drawn and reinvigorated. The best characteristics of the earlier forms were kept but the typeface’s vertical proportions, serif shape, and stroke contrast have been carefully reconsidered.
Revamped, new weights and new language support
We are delighted to introduce the new completely revamped and updated FF Netto. Daniel Utz’s no frills spurless sans serif has been one of the FontFonts of choice, particularly on the web, ever since its release back in 2008. The new FF Netto has slightly increased spacing, revised curves and connections and two new extreme weights, the delicate and sinewy Thin and the confident and chunky Black. As if this wasn’t enough, Daniel Utz with help from the Type Team have also added new italics for all weights and Pro language support.
Language extensions and format additions
Our entire Premium Tier is now available in Pro, Offc and Web formats. So, now you can bring consistency and typographical finesse in more languages and across more applications/platforms.
New: FF Chambers Sans Pro
New: FF Disturbance Pro
New: FF Enzo Pro
New: FF Magda Pro
New: FF Speak Pro
New: FF Super Grotesk Pro
New: FF TradeMarker Pro
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How quickly the time has flown since FF 59, we can’t quite believe it is release time again. With two new designs, two extensions and a myriad of updates we are delighted to introduce our latest release, FF 60.
The new designs
From the designer of FF Cube and FF Speak comes FF Marselis. Jan Maack’s newest design crossbreeds geometric and humanistic forms, creating a freshly dynamic sans serif family. All of the counters in the typeface are open; certain superfluous strokes have been eliminated – there are no spurs on the b or q, for instance.
Many designers chance upon using the same graphic shape for the lowercase ‘a’ and ‘e’ – indeed, the idea seems simple enough: just rotate the form 180° and you should be done! However, almost all attempts at this sort of theoretical simplification fail in practice. With FF Marselis, Jan Maack has found a key to making it work. Rather than whole letterforms, a tear-drop form repeats throughout the alphabet, not only in the bowl of the lowercase ‘a’ or ‘e’, but also in the ‘k’ and the uppercase ‘Q’. Its distinct character makes FF Marselis a perfect choice for today’s corporate and branding projects.
Introductory offer: You can get 50 % off any FF Marselis product (until 31 October 2012).
FF ThreeSix is a huge experimental optical type system consisting of six typefaces in eight weights, including four additional monospaced weights. It is the result of London-based Paul McNeil’s and Hamish Muir’s attempts to work within the restrictive rules of geometry to generate simple typographic forms emulating traditional type design principles, where a wide range of almost imperceptible compensatory optical tricks are used to create the illusion of evenness in the basic fabric of text.
The award-winning system – ISTD Premier Award and Certificate of Excellence – is based on a grid of 36 unit squares subdivided into 9 units and are constructed using only vertical or horizontal straight lines and circular arcs. Cap-height, x-height, ascent and descent measurements are consistent across all fonts and weights. The grid also determines character and word spacing, with all side-bearings and kerning pair values conforming to 9 unit increments.
As Wim Crouwel notes: ‘It is a fascination for the use of geometric systems in design that has resulted in these remarkable typefaces.’
Updated and extended FontFonts
Introducing FF Chartwell Web. Simple to use and fun to play around with, you can try it for yourself online using our demo.
Free font: For a limited time, you can get your hands on FF Chartwell Web Radar for free.
Erik Spiekermann’s best-known face is without doubt FF Meta. While it has proven its usability in almost any design task one can think of, its creator realized that it could be improved even more for use in the business world. The main features of the first version of FF Meta Correspondence included tabular figures (instead of oldstyle ones) and increased tracking, yet Spiekermann wanted to go a few steps further and take the typeface to another level.
Now, Erik Spiekermann and the FontFont team changed both proportions and shapes to a more robust style, removed contrast from accents and simplified forms and details to a more screen-friendly appearance. The very well-known lowercase g has been changed to a single-storey one, which is more common within the office environment. Above all, a set of useful arrows, icons, and office dingbats has been added. The resulting design is still FF Meta, but one that breathes Correspondence air.
The simplified forms and the high-quality screen optimization make FF Meta Correspondence a perfect typeface for use as a webfont or within the mobile environment.
New Office and Web FontFonts plus language extensions
Did you know our library contains over 2500 FontFonts? After a FontFont is released, the work doesn’t stop, we continually tinker and update our beloved FontFonts to ensure that they are in tip-top condition and in the most up to date and useable formats. In FF 60, some of our earliest releases such as Just van Rossum’s FF Advert, Ole Schäfer’s FF Zine, and John Critchley’s FF Child’s Play have been brought up to date and now come in Office and Web formats.
FF Atma Serif (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Child’s Play (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Cube (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Eureka Mono (NEW: Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Fago Mono (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Hydra/Text (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Instant Types (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Meta Correspondence (NEW: Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Typestar (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Zine Sans/Serif/Slab Display (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)permalink
It is with much anticipation and excitement that we announce our 59th release. With three brand new designs, one extension and a whole array of new Offc, Web and Pro versions of some of our classic FontFonts; FF 59 is one of our biggest releases yet.
The new designs
FF Scuba is a legible contemporary sans with a distinctive character. Searching for an offline companion for Verdana and not finding the exact tone he was looking for, designer Felix Braden set off to develop a new series of types. The resulting family is a bit tighter and more condensed than Verdana. In small sizes FF Scuba blends well with Verdana, and in display sizes it reveals its particular originality. The design combines constructed letters, like an almost rectangular o, with dynamic strokes and other elements referring to writing. This mix gives the typeface a lively touch, while still keeping true to its technical roots.
For a limited time, FF Scuba Regular is available for free download in OT and Web formats. Download it on the Goodies page.
FF Tisa Sans
FF Tisa Sans is Slovenian designer Mitja Miklavčič’s follow-up typeface to FF Tisa. Whether used together or separately, both of his families are excellent choices for branding projects and complex editorial applications. The original FF Tisa is one of the new-millennium favorites in the FontFont library—known for its sturdy and friendly forms, hence its common use in newspapers and magazines.
In all important details, FF Tisa Sans matches FF Tisa perfectly. Aside from the lack of serifs, the Sans features slightly reduced ink traps. Necessary system elements have been fine-tuned to one another, including the color density of blocks of text, the proportions of the letterforms and their distinctive stroke endings, and even the eye-catching Italics. Of course, the FF Tisa Sans character set contains the same range of characters and typographic features as the original FF Tisa, too. Since FF Tisa Sans should prove quite suitable for signage and information design projects, Miklavčič included a range of specially designed arrows in each font as well.
Designed by Travis Kochel, FF Chartwell is a fantastic typeface for creating simple graphs. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf and FF PicLig, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process.
FF Chartwell (Pies, Lines, Bars) was originally released in 2011 under the TK Type foundry. In 2012, it was added to the FontFont library with the addition of four new chart styles, the Polar Series as well as Bars Vertical.
The Polar Series (Rose, Rings, and Radar) is a set of new designs, which take on the form of more experimental charts. In an effort to make the charts smarter and more dynamic, each design reacts not only to the data entered, but the number of values.
Updated and extended FontFonts
FF Meta Serif: Light and Extra Bold
Following the Greek/Cyrillic language update to FF Meta Serif in FF 58, we’ve now added two new weights to FF Meta Serif—Light and Extra Bold.
New Pro versions
Pro FontFonts enjoy the distinction of extended language support and ease of use, affording the typographer the ability to set text in a much broader range of languages. All Pro FontFonts include Extended Latin (Central European) characters, but may additionally support Cyrillic, Greek, or other/additional scripts. The following FontFonts now include Pro language support and thus speaking 36 Latin-based languages more.
New Office and Web FontFonts
We are continually updating our library to ensure that our FontFonts are in the most up to date and useable formats. With our latest release, we’ve updated a whole host of our portfolio for the use on the web, among them classics such as FF Strada, FF Legato, FF Transit, and FF Schulbuch.
All these faces additionally come in Offc versions, fonts tuned to work best in programs like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint.permalink
BERLIN, GERMANY, December 2011 – FontShop International announced the latest additions to its award-winning FontFont® typeface library.
FF Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monoline text typeface that would feel warm yet serious, feminine yet firm, charming yet sturdy. This resulted in a strong slab serif with playful ball terminals. Its rather large x-height and wide, open shapes enable it to work well down to small sizes; ligatures, stylistic and contextual alternates, a selection of arrows, and two sizes of small caps enrich its typographic palette.
Nina Stössinger first drew the Roman as a study project at the postgraduate Type Design programme in Zurich, and the Italic in dialogue with Hrant Papazian’s Armenian design. Both the Roman and the Italic (which doubles as a harmonious companion to the Armenian component) are available in four individually drawn weights. The four corresponding Armenian weights, nicknamed “Vem” —integrated in the Roman and Italic fonts in the Pro version— share the personable character of the family with proportions optimized for the Armenian script.
Updated and Extended FontFonts
After fonts are released, work continues behind the scenes to improve and extend the usefulness of the faces with the addition of new weights and greater language support. FontFont is pleased to announce extensions to the following typefaces, available immediately.
FF Quadraat and FF Quadraat Sans: Revised and Extended (New Weights, Pro Language Support Including Cyrillic)
Fred Smeijers has completely overhauled his most popular superfamily. Both FF Quadraat and FF Quadraat Sans get a noticeable update to their designs. FF Quadraat also adds a new weight, Demi Bold, to the family, FF Quadraat Sans and Sans Condensed now come in the additional weights Thin, Extra Light, Light and Demi Bold. They are now available as Pro versions, including support for both the Latin Extended and Cyrillic character sets.
Learn more about the revised FF Quadraat superfamily in this special specimen PDF (2.8 MB).
Download specimen PDF (2.8 MB).
FF Meta Serif: Extended Language Support (Cyrillic & Greek)
FF Meta Serif by Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby now speaks more languages with glyph support extended to cover Cyrillic and Greek alphabets. FF Meta Serif joins its popular sans companion, FF Meta, in offering this broad range of linguistic ability.
FF Signa: Extended (New Weights)
New Office and Web FontFonts
FF QType by Achaz Reuss offers its additional weights, Compressed, Condensed, Extended, and Semi Extended in new formats, Office and Web. Just a refresher: Offc FontFonts are the best choice for all who work with the widely-used Office apps like Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint®. Pro means that it also supports additional languages (Latin Extended).
FF Skill Sets: The Right Fonts for All Purposes
With thousands of FontFonts to choose from, the options can be as daunting as they are exciting. So let the experts do the work for you. Typography masters Erik Spiekermann and Jürgen Siebert handpicked the best FontFonts, and compiled them in three Skill Sets — for advertising, editorial, and corporate design. Simply select which Skill Set best suits your practice, and you can start designing without fuss. Not only will you have all the right fonts licensed in one collection, you’ll save a bundle of cash too.
Learn more about FontFont Skill Sets here.
FontFont Library Tiers
Introducing FontFont Library Tiers: Premium, Collection and Free
In an effort to minimize the amount of time customers spend choosing fonts, we have split our library into three distinct tiers, dubbed the FontFont Library Tier system. Watch out for further information that will come in another post next week.