Faces and characters in our Type Department

April 4th, 2012

 Our Type Department
The FontFont Type Department (l-r: Jens, Andreas, Inka, Christoph)

Have you ever wanted to find out about the faces and characters in our Type Department? In January, for our ‘Not Quite An Annual Report’ we interviewed Andreas, Christoph, Inka and Jens, to find out about their favorite FontFonts, their taste in music and what their biggest challenges last year were. Here’s the interview in full.

Andreas Frohloff | Head of Type Department

  • If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

FF Amman because the family is well designed in the sense that it’s not so digital smooth and glossy. The characters of the fonts have character :)

FF Amman

  • What’s your favorite music?

I like a broad range of music e.g. Jethro Tull, Neil Young, Keb’ Mo’ or Norah Jones …

  • What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

The biggest challenge was to successfully perform the calligraphy workshops at TYPO London.

Inka Strotmann | Chief Font Technician

  • If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

I would be FF Schmalhans Bold. FF Schmalhans is a very condensed typeface with a large x-height and was first drawn in the 70s. Like me, I was born in the 70s. I have wide legs, I am not really fat but I am broad in the beam so I look like condensed bold. Schmalhans is very clear and I am also very straight in the things I like to do.

FF Schmalhans

  • What’s your favorite music?

My favorite band is, for over 20 years now, Current 93.

  • What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

I had to draw my first uppercase German double s. It will be interesting to see if this glyph will be used and which form will be the favorite.

My big private event in this year was my first individual time trial. I trained a lot with my triathlon bike to achieve a good result and I was very happy with my time at the end.

Christoph Koeberlin | Font Technician

  • If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

FF Quadraat Sans SC Web Pro Condensed Extralight Italic, DirectWrite rendered at 31 px—for obvious reasons!

FF Quadraat Sans

  • What’s your favorite music?

Gebrüder Marx, currently.

  • What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

Answering these questions!

Jens Kutilek | Font Technician

  • If you were a FontFont which one would you be and why?

I actually had to ask my wife about this, it’s always hard to compare yourself to something like a typeface … I would be FF Spinoza. At first sight, it looks quite sober and not very fancy, but once you get to know it better, you will discover interesting details and how it can take you a long way. I’m also more book than display type. FF Spinoza

  • What’s your favorite music?

My all-time favorite band has to be The Magnetic Fields, for their stylistic experiments and unparalleled lyrical wit. Earlier this year I kept listening to the various Johnny Cash concerts recorded in prisons. It was fascinating how different the atmosphere and performances were between them.

  • What was the biggest challenge for you in 2011?

To move into a new flat. I had completely forgotten how time-consuming and work-intensive that was.

To see the team in action, check out the following video: