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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.
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.read more
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 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.read more
2011 marked the most exciting year in FontFont history. The innovations that we launched this year received a warm welcome in the design and development communities and beyond.
Download our inspiring 52-paged lookback at the highlights of the FontFont year in 2011 (PDF, 9 MB) or browse on Issuu.
The Wonderful World of Web FontFonts
Almost two years after FontFont became the first type manufacturer to release webfonts in the .woff format, the Web FontFont Library has grown into a Library of 3500 fonts. Compatible with more than 96% of all browsers, including Mobile Safari, webfonts are here to stay. Hundreds of websites currently use the popular FF DIN, FF Dax, FF Meta, FF Tisa, as well as many other FontFonts, to set themselves apart with beautiful design.
In 2011, we also improved the magical FontFonter service. With the help of FontFonter.com users can test-drive a large selection of Web FontFonts on any HTML site. To date, 42 sans serif and 22 serif families are available to preview in various combinations.
Subsetter.com, our online FontFont optimizer, which debuted in July, also gained a lot of popularity. Using Subsetter, FontFonts can be individually rebuilt, both in terms of file size as well as aesthetics. For instance: When you want to use oldstyle figures instead of tabular figures or do not need any language support, you can remove unnecessary characters and reduce the size of the webfont by up to 90%. When several weights are being used, small font files can dramatically lessen the burden of high traffic and speed up the load of the website.
Moving into Mobile
Recently, the mobile apps market became more typographically diverse. FontFont is the first foundry to answer the needs of this market with a customer friendly offer: Mobile FontFonts. They let you break from the mold of rather dull system fonts, with a simple and economical all-inclusive licence.
2011 was also an exciting year for many of our type designers. FontFont designers received 11 renowned awards in 2011, including those from Type Directors Club, ISTD International Typographic Awards, ATypI’s Type Design Competition Letter.2 and Communication Arts.
Our website FontFont.com, relaunched in April, was awarded, not only with the approval of our customers, but also by the jury of the iF Communication Design Awards (further information will follow soon).
For us, this successful year served as an incentive to continue our commitment to being the world’s fastest growing library of contemporary typefaces. No other foundry offers such a high release frequency of quality fonts. With the release of nearly 20 new or extended FontFont Families, we set the bar high again within the last 12 months. We are particularly proud of the fact that we are typographic home to both established, as well as emerging type designers from all over the world. They often express their enthusiasm for working together with our font technicians.
Our technical experts have performed splendidly once again in 2011: The entire library is now available in OpenType; the most popular FontFonts are available also in Office and, of course, in Web formats. In order to achieve a clearer structure, we split our library in three tiers, which takes into consideration diverse technical and conceptual needs and provides a better perspective to the FontFont Library.
2011 was indeed the most exciting year for us so far. – heavy emphasis on “so far”.
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, selected by the TDC to receive the Certificate of Excellence in Type Design 2011.
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.read more
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.read more
Two FontFonts have been chosen by the Jury of TDC2 2006 to receive the Certificates of Excellence in Type Design:permalink
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.read more