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iF Communication Design Award 2012 – Gold

iF Award 2012 gold

At last Friday’s iF Communication Design Award 2012 ceremony, FontShop International and Edenspiekermann design agency were awarded a golden iF award for their collaboration on the FontFont.com website relaunch. Edenspiekermann’s Creative Director Robert Stulle and FontFont Marketing Director Ivo Gabrowitsch accepted the coveted prize on behalf of both teams before an audience of 1700 international guests at BMW Welt in Munich.

The international jury was full of praise. With comments like “maximum simplicity and clarity of the world’s largest contemporary font library”, “the new content structure and search function allows users to comfortably explore typefaces”, and “a useful and wonderful website” and more, they fully recognized that the redesign indeed fulfilled its original intent.

iF awards night 2012

The iF label, introduced in 1953, is an important symbol of outstanding design achievements. Here are some figures that put in perspective how proud we are of this accomplishment:  from 1054 submissions, 275 received the red iF label from which only 30 designs won the iF gold award for excellent communication design.

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TDC 2012: FF Mister K Informal and FontBook

What a great start to 2012! One of our last year’s premiere releases, FF Mister K Informal has just been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Typeface Design by the TDC (Type Directors Club)Congratulations to designer Julia Sysmäläinen, who spends hours and hours designing new typographic and graphic offspring to her popular FF Mister K family, with no end in sight.

FF Mister K Informal

FF Mister K Informal

FF Mister K is never really formal, but this K has even got the name “Informal” to emphasize the point. It is the most friendly looking K Family member for anyone who wants to make a personal, relaxed but also reliable impression. K Informal started in one of Franz Kafka’s Quart Notebooks with handwritten texts that look astonishingly clear. The letter forms are carefully placed line after line but still reveal the author’s characteristic writing style. The simple explanation is: These are final, rewritten texts.

The first version – loaded with heavy editing and correction marks – can be found elsewhere in Kafka’s literary remains. FF Mister K’s Regular and Onstage have many designer-friends. But they can be too unpredictable for down-to-earth target groups. So this clean and tidy looking offspring came to life – derived from Kafka’s stylistic repertoire and made for almost every user's needs.

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TDC2 2011: FF Suhmo and FF Tundra

Hearty congratulations to designer Alex Rütten for winning an award with his very first FontFont release, FF Suhmo. Rütten’s playful typewriter-style slab serif is one of two outstanding FontFont entries to receive a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design at this year’s TDC2 competition. FF Suhmo follows in a long line of FontFonts that have been crowned with Type Directors Club awards in the past, such as FF Strada, FF Unit, FF Absara or FF Profile. This year’s award also went to FF Tundra, designed by Ludwig Übele, who will also be publishing his latest design under the FontFont label soon … stay tuned for more on this. 

FF Suhmo
FF Suhmo, selected by the TDC to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design 2011.

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ISTD Awards 2009: FF Mister K, FF Netto, and FF Pitu

ISTD Awards

The ISTD International TypoGraphic Award is the only international design award that specifically recognize typographic excellence across a broad range of design disciplines. The quality of work entered, and the reputation of companies and individuals taking part, is an expression of the status of the Awards.

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TDC2 2007: FF Tisa

In 2007, Mitja Miklavčič’s Tisa typeface was among the winning entries in the traditional Type Directors Club type design competition. The TDC is an international organization for all people who are devoted to excellence in typography, both in print and on screen.

FF Tisa

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TDC2 2006: FF PicLig and FF Headz

Two FontFonts have been chosen by the Jury of TDC2 2006 to receive the Certificates of Excellence in Type Design:

FF PicLig

FF PicLig by Christina Schultz (Category Type Systems) and

FF Headz by Florian Zietz (Category Ornaments)

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Reddot Design Award for Little Yellow Writing Hood

We are proud to announce that ‘Little Yellow Writing Hood’ has won the reddot design award 2005 in the category communication design.

FSI commissioned Strange Attractors Design (Catelijne van Middelkoop and Ryan Pescatore Frisk) to create and produce an animation for the FontFont exhibition FiFFteen. Positioned as a typographic fairly tale, ‘Little Yellow Writing Hood’ uses over 300 typefaces from the FontFont library.

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TDC2 2005: FF Absara

Big Honors for FontFonts

TDC2

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TDC2 2004: FF Angkoon and FF Unit

FF Angkoon and FF Unit awarded Certificates of Excellence in type design by the Type Directors Club

The Type Directors Club Type Design Competition (TDC2) is widely regarded as the premiere venue for the world’s best in type design. The annual competition is judged each year by a new international panel of respected type designers. This year’s jury included Veronika Elsner, Josh Darden, Dmitry Krasny, Pablo Medina and Charles Nix. FF Angkoon, by [ Link missing ], and FF Unit, by Erik Spiekermann, were among the winners selected from more than 100 entries. The two FontFont originals will be published in Typography 25, the annual of the Type Directors Club, and will join a touring exhibit of typography to open this summer in New York City. The show will travel throughout North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and East Asia.

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