New release: FF44

February 25th, 2008

These are the latest additions (release 44) to the FontFont library:

The latest batch of FontFonts includes three new designs: FF Polymorph™, an exploration of global forms in the foundry’s experimental tradition; FF Unit™ Rounded, in which our founder reveals the softer side of his “strict sans”; and FF Utility™, a hard-working sans serif for text and information design. Also new is an OpenType® version of FF Celeste® Sans and numerous character set extensions to FontFont favorites for multilingual typography. Scroll on!

FontFont Release 44

FF Polymorph by Stefanie Schwarz – FF Polymorph is a typeface inspired by characters from all over the world. For her creation Stefanie Schwarz selected about 500 Unicode characters from 43 scripts with the shape (not meaning) of Latin letters. Schwarz divided these characters into four groups: Decoration, Serif, Loop and Interruption. The result is a basic typeface that morphs into four styles — or rather four directions. Within each direction are elements which differentiate that style from its family members. This abstract code of loops and lines can be layered over its legible equivalent or used for decoration, making every use of FF Polymorph an experiment and exploration in itself.

FF Unit Rounded by Erik Spiekermann – Designer and FontFont founder Erik Spiekermann notes that “round typefaces keep going in and out of fashion, for many reasons. One of them always has been the media the face would be used for: type on screens and back-lit signs suffers from radiant light. Sharp type will look blunt, and the amount of bluntness that occurs is usually unpredictable. Then came Web 2.0 and rounded typefaces made a major comeback. I think they are here to stay, both as a fashion statement and for physical reasons, like in the old days. There will always be bad media which needs indestructible fonts.”

To blunt the corners on his FF Unit, Spiekermann turned to Erik van Blokland, whose technical wizardry took care of a lot of the issues common to rounding letterforms. While it is soft, FF Unit Rounded isn’t a sausage face or one only suited for comic strips. It looks friendly without losing its precision.

FF Utility by Lukas Schneider – Originally conceived as a headliner, Lukas Schneider’s thesis project has developed into a functional text typeface. Inspired by sans serifs from both Europe (FF DIN) and America (Franklin Gothic) the typeface combines a slightly technocratic impression with a humanistic touch. FF Utility contains five weights, four figure sets, and alternate ‘g’ and ‘a’ glyphs for typographic flexibility.