News: Awards

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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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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