News: Awards

FF Dora and FF Quixo in Typographica’s “Favorite Typefaces of 2013”

Here at FontFont we are huge fans of Typographica and so were incredibly flattered to be told that FF Dora and FF Quixo are be included in the new annual as part of their “Our Favorite Typefaces of 2013”!

Priding itself on presenting a thorough overview of the most interesting new typefaces on the market, the annual specialises in covering typographic diversity and the global spread of independent font makers. Now in its eighth year it is not positioned as a competition with a panel of judges. Instead it is made up of reviews from a collection of respected industry professionals who discuss their favourite typeface releases from the last year.

FF Quixo

FF Quixo was enthusiastically reviewed by Rob Saunders, a designer, teacher, publisher, and consultant who runs the Letterform Archive. The brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s FF Quixo was a result of a graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag. Exploring pointed-pen calligraphy, he decided to take on the style in a more casual manner, interpreting the model with different-sized brushes to create the typeface.

FF Quixo

FF Dora

Reviewed by Tim Brown, Type Manager for Typekit, owner of Nice Web Type and author of Five Simple Steps: Combining Typefaces, FF Dora is described as a serif from a certain contemporary style of serif, which include likeminded predecessors such as Fedra, Dolly, and Elena. Designed by editorial and book designer Slávka Pauliková, it is a strong-willed type family consisting of five styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, and Display. The distinctive personality of the typeface comes from the main focus of the designer to transform handwritten shapes into a serif text typeface, not a script face.

FF Dora

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FF Ernestine and FF Quixo receive Out Of Box Awards

Out of the Box

Following our first ever submission to Out Of Box we are proud to announce that FF Ernestine and FF Quixo have both received awards in the Words category.

The bi-annual, international award aims to show the potential of creative professionals across all areas of visual communication, offering them the opportunity to present themselves to a wider audience and an independent jury.

The competition is aimed at young creatives to already established graphic, web and fashion designers, architects, film producers, artists and also large agencies.

From the panel of seven judges TGG Hafen Senn Stieger co-owner Roland Stieger and Susanne Zippel of Mittelpunkt•Zhongdian were responsible for choosing the type winners.

About FF Ernestine

Created by type designer Nina Stössinger, FF Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monolinear text typeface whose design could encompass seemingly opposite feelings. 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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About FF Quixo

FF Quixo is the brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project during his time at the Royal Academy of Art, in Den Haag. Exploring pointed-pen calligraphy, he decided to take on the style in a more casual manner, interpreting the model with different-sized brushes.

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FF Quixo and FFMark.com Receive Type Directors Club Recognition

We are excited to announce that the Type Directors Club (TDC) have given both the FF Mark microsite and  Frank Grießhammer’s FF Quixo a  “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” in their categories, with FFMark.com in the Communication Design category and FF Quixo in Typeface Design.

TDC

About the TDC Awards

The TDC annual competitions highlight the best in typographic work in both communication and typeface design the world over. To be awarded is considered a prestigious achievement within the typographic industry.

The TDC Typeface Design Competition is the seventeenth annual typeface design competition, where all winners will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 35. Only 24 entries of nearly 200 submitted from 29 countries were selected by the jury.

Winners of the TDC Communication Design Competition receive the “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” and are included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 35, as well as being shown at the 60th Awards Exhibition in New York. 209 entries out of over 2000 entries from 43 countries were selected in this years competition.

Furthermore, all sucessful entries of both competitions will be featured in seven exhibitions touring cities across the United States, Canada, France, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

About FF Mark and FFMark.com

Created with versatility in mind, FF Mark was devised by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department. Breaking from tradition with a family of 10 weights ranging from Hairline to Black FF Marks extreme weights are “engineered” to shine bright in large sizes and middle weights optimized for body copy.

FFMark.com, which marked the launch of the new typeface, was designed by the FontFont marketing team and developed by Rob Meek. Built with the aim of giving users a better understanding of the typeface the site gives an indepth insight into FF Marks look and feel on and offline, its background, examples and usage suggestions.

MarkAbout FF Quixo

FF Quixo is the brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag. Exploring pointed-pen calligraphy, he decided to take on the style in a more casual manner, interpreting the model with different-sized brushes.

Quixo

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Communication Arts Award for FF Dora

Seven days into 2014 and we’ve already received an award! 

We are excited to announce that FF Dora by Slávka Pauliková is listed as one of the best Typeface Designs of 2014 in the Communication Arts Typographic Annual 2014 

Showcasing the best in typography, the Communication Arts Typography Annual is judged by three typography experts:  Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, Sibylle Hagmann and Erik Marinovich. 

Dora CA Award Showings

Originally drawn as a graduation project, FF Dora was designed by editorial and book designer Slávka Pauliková. It is a strong-willed type family consisting of five styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic and Display. Based on a detailed study of todays handwriting styles it focuses on transforming handwritten shapes into a serif text typeface.

As a major competition with around 1800 entrants, inclusion is one of the most-coveted awards in the typographic industry. Receiving recognition for one of our fonts in the 2014 Annual is a great way to start the year!

Previous FontFont winners of the Communication Arts Typographic Annual include:

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FF ThreeSix recognised in Typographica’s favourite Typefaces of 2012

FF ThreeSix

Hamish Muir and Paul McNeil’s experimental optical type system FF ThreeSix has been chosen as one of Typographica’s favourite Typefaces of 2012.

FF ThreeSix consists of six typefaces in eight weights, including four additional monospaced weights. It has won a number of awards including the ISTD Premier Award and Certificate of Excellence

FF Scuba by Felix Braden, FF Tisa Sans by Mitja Miklavčič and FF Marselis by Jan Maack were also noted in the honorable mentions list.

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TDC 2013: FF Chartwell

FF Chartwell

Travis Kochel’s groundbreaking typeface FF Chartwell that transforms strings of numbers into graphs and charts has been awarded one of the most highly regarded accolades in the typographic world – a ‘Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design’ by the TDC.

The TDC (Type Directors Club) was founded in 1946 by some of the foremost leaders from the world of typography. Their mission is to support excellence in typography on screen and in print. Each year they run two annual type competitions, one for the use of type in design and the other for typeface design.

FF Chartwell

This year, there were almost 200 entries submitted from 33 countries and only 14 winners, so we are absolutely delighted that FF Chartwell and Travis have been recognized. The winning entries will be presented at the TDC Awards Exhibition in New York this summer. They will also be included in a further 7 exhibitions that will visit the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Previous TDC FontFont winners include FF Tundra, FF Absara, FF Clifford, FF Strada, FF Unit, FF Suhmo or FF Profile.

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Communication Arts Awards for FF Tisa Sans, FF Scuba and FF Ernestine

What a way to start 2013! Three of our new FontFonts have been acknowledged in the prestigious Communication Arts Typographic Annual 2013.

Recognizing the great and the good in the world of typography, the latest annual is the third edition and was judged by three typographic experts: Gail Anderson, Jessica Hische and Jesse Ragan. With over 1900 entries to the competition, we were absolutely thrilled to hear that  FF ErnestineFF Scuba and FF Tisa Sans have each been honored best of the year in typeface design. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the Communication Arts Typography Competition is a major competition and inclusion is one of the most-coveted awards in the typographic industry.

FF Ernestine

FF Ernestine is the first commercial typeface designed by Nina Stössinger. Born out of the search for a versatile monoline text typeface, it is warm with a serious overtone, feminine with an underlying rigid assurance but above all charmingly sturdy. FF ScubaFelix Braden’s first release through FontFont is FF Scuba. The design combines constructed letters, like an almost rectangular o, with dynamic strokes and other written elements, giving the typeface a lively touch, while still keeping it true to its technical roots. FF Tisa SansLast year, the highly anticipated sans counterpart to Mitja Miklavčič’s popular FF Tisa arrived. FF Tisa Sans has a softer and friendlier feel compared to its serif sister. Whether paired with FF Tisa or used alone, FF Tisa Sans is a perfect choice for branding and editorial projects.

Previous FontFont winners of the Communication Arts Typographic Annual include:

  • Max Phillips’s elegant workhorse, FF Spinoza
  • Jörg Hemker’s matured and balanced, FF Sero
  • Łukasz Dziedzic’s sturdy serif superfamily, FF More
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FontFont.com scoops the German Design Award 2013

We were absolutely over the moon to hear that fontfont.com has won the German Design Award.

The German Design Award is an annual honour bestowed by the German Design Council to companies and organisations who demonstrate excellence in design. The Council was set up in 1953 to support and champion design in Germany. Through various competitions, exhibitions and conferences, their mission is to demonstrate the extra value and benefit of design to business. They have very good taste in fonts too, FF Meta is their face of choice. 

Always in the pursuit of maximum simplicity, we wanted to create a site that was easy to use, clean and fast. We worked very closely with edenspiekermann_ throughout the development process to breathe new life into our online shop and were absolutely delighted with the results. Accolades such as this and the iF Communation Design Award award that we won back in February just make us want to keep improving things further!

German Design Award

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‘An ingenious hack’ – FF Chartwell wins again!

FF Chartwell, by Travis Kochel truly is on a winning streak at the moment.

Following the recent win at the Information is Beautiful Awards in September, on Tuesday evening Fast Company announced the 11 winners of its inaugural Innovation by Design Awards.

Innovation by Design Awards

With over 1,700 entries, 56 finalists and an all-star judge list that included the likes of David Butler, Nicholas Felton, and Lisa Strausfeld, we were over the moon to hear that FF Chartwell had won the Innovation by Design prize for 2-D Design.

Judge and Facebook product designer Nicholas Felton said, “FF Chartwell is an ingenious hack. This easy-to-use tool could disrupt all manner of chart-making programs, thanks to a clever font system that turns chains of numbers into elegant charts. Tweaking a graph is as simple as changing a number.”

In our category we were up against the likes of NASA and the award-winning design and technology studio Stamen, so we are absolutely delighted to have won. Well done, Travis and the FontFont Type Team!

About FF Chartwell

Designed by Travis KochelFF Chartwell is a fantastic typeface for creating simple graphs. Using OpenType features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling. Following the release of FF Chartwell for print back in May 2012, we published the web version in September 2012. For a limited time, you can get FF Chartwell Radar Web for free.

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FF Chartwell wins Silver at the Information is Beautiful Awards

Information is Beautiful awards 2012

The inaugural Information is Beautiful Awards, inspired by Kantar, were held on 27 September at the ICA in London. They are the world's first global awards for data visualization and information design.

With a stellar panel of judges including Aziz Cami, Brian Eno, David McCandless, Maria Popova, Paola Antonelli, Simon Rogers and more than 1000 entries, we were absolutely delighted to hear that FF Chartwell by Travis Kochel was selected for the silver award in the category of Tool or Website. FF Chartwell

There were a number of different categories including Data Visualisation, Infographic/Information Design, Interactive Visualisation, Data Journalism, Motion Infographic, and Tool or Website.

The best individual contribution went to Moritz Stefaner and the winner of the Ultimate award went to the CNN Home and Away visualization by Stamen, which maps the coalition casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

You can view all the winners on the Information is Beautiful website or on the Guardian’s Data Blog winners gallery.  

About FF Chartwell

Designed by Travis Kochel, FF Chartwell is a fantastic typeface for creating simple graphs. Using OpenType features, simple strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The visualized data remains editable, allowing for hassle-free updates and styling. Following the release of FF Chartwell for print back in May 2012, we published the web version in September 2012. For a limited time, you can get FF Chartwell Radar for free.

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