News: Tagged as Awards
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 Ernestine, FF 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 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. Felix 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. Last 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
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!permalink
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 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 Web for free.permalink
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.
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.
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.permalink
In our quest to make our website as functional and easy to use as possible, we have added three brand new features.
First up, is our gallery of FontFonts in-use. Now when you browse through our typefaces, you can browse a picture of each font in-use. Just click on the ‘camera’ icon on the browse page and the pictures of our type in-use examples will be displayed.
You can also view an in-use gallery of each indivdiual FontFont family. So whether you’re searching for all in-use pictures of the FF Unit family, looking for an example of what FF Meta looks like when used on the Mozilla website, trying to find out what FF Fontesque looks like on a bookcover, or if you’re simply after another way of browsing through our library, our in-use gallery offers you a real visual treat.
Discover the delights of OpenType
Through the advanced typographical control of the OpenType format you can bring your text to life with fantastic features such as small caps, tabular figures, swashes and oldstyle figures. Yet it’s often said that the true features and fantastic functions of OpenType can be hidden away, often undiscovered. We hope to change that with our second new feature which helps you to see how the OpenType layout features, that are included in each FontFont, appear. For example, when you click on the OpenType features of FF Scala Regular you can now see all the different features that the font contains and how they will appear in FF Scala.
Want to find out more about OpenType and its layout features? Check out our OpenType User Guide (247KB).
Our FontFont Library is home to numerous award-winning typeface designs and now you can easily see which of our FontFonts have won prizes. Just look out for the little trophy icon next to the font on the browse page. You can also read all about the typefaces which have been awarded accolades and prizes on our news section under Awards.permalink
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