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Featured Web FontFonts, September 2013

We go green with FF Netto, inject a bit of FF Tisa Sans for culture, and touch on the discontent with FF Meta Serif in this month’s lineup of our favourite Web FontFonts in use.

The Green Building Converter – FF Netto

FF Netto_The Green Building Converter

More than half of the world's population live in major cities. Developed by Lend Lease, The Green Building Converter is a sustainability tool that takes users on an interactive journey allowing people to navigate and learn about green building development. Daniel Utz’s clean and rounded geometric FF Netto strikes the perfect typographic balance alongside the 3D diagrammatic pictorial renders and animations throughout the site and brand identity communications.

Jüdische Kulturage – FF Tisa Sans

FF Tisa Sans_Judische Kulturtage

Last week, Berlin hosted Jüdische Kulturtage 2013 (“Jewish Culture Days”), Germany’s largest festival of Jewish art and culture. The diverse programme of culture, music and literature features the four basic weights of Mitja Miklavčič’s FF Tisa Sans for headlines through to body copy across the site as well as festival collateral.

The Great Discontent – FF Meta Serif

FF Meta Serif_The Great Discontent

Designed and curated by Ryan and Tina Essmaker of Designing Monsters, The Great Discontent is a journal of interviews focusing on creativity, risk and what connects people as artists. A simple, clean, responsive and impeccably editorially considered site, the choice to use Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby’s FF Meta Serif as body is a great complement to “The Great Discontent”. 

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New Release: FF 61

A brand new design ideal for modern devices, two long awaited and highly anticipated extensions and a whole host of language updates and new Office and Web versions – say hello to FF 61, our latest release.

New design

FF Videtur

FF Videtur

FF Videtur is based on bitmap fonts that were created by Axel Bertram, one of East Germany’s most legendary designers, for the state television broadcaster GDR-TV. Bertram spent a great deal of time researching and testing the display conditions of 625-line television screens. His findings prompted the creation of Videtur, a functional open serif with moderate contrast and a highly unique shape. Fast forward two decades later and with a helping hand from FontFont’s Head of Type, Andreas Frohloff, the whole character set has been completely re-drawn and reinvigorated. The best characteristics of the earlier forms were kept but the typeface’s vertical proportions, serif shape, and stroke contrast have been carefully reconsidered.

Revamped, new weights and new language support

FF Netto

FF Netto

We are delighted to introduce the new completely revamped and updated FF Netto. Daniel Utz’s no frills spurless sans serif has been one of the FontFonts of choice, particularly on the web, ever since its release back in 2008. The new FF Netto has slightly increased spacing, revised curves and connections and two new extreme weights, the delicate and sinewy Thin and the confident and chunky Black. As if this wasn’t enough, Daniel Utz with help from the Type Team have also added new italics for all weights and Pro language support.

New weight

FF Quadraat Sans

FF Quadraat Sans 

Following the redesign of Fred Smeijers’ classic FF Quadraat last year, we bring you FF Quadraat Sans Black, a brand new weight to pack a punch on the bold end of the spectrum.

Language extensions and format additions

Our entire Premium Tier is now available in Pro, Offc and Web formats. So, now you can bring consistency and typographical finesse in more languages and across more applications/platforms.

FF Absara

New:  FF Absara Pro, FF Absara Sans Pro, FF Absara Headline Pro, FF Absara Sans Headline Pro + Offc + Web

FF Absara

FF Cellini

New: FF Cellini Offc & Web

FF Cellini

FF Chambers Sans

NewFF Chambers Sans Pro

FF Chambers

FF Disturbance

New: FF Disturbance Pro

FF Disturbance

FF Enzo

New: FF Enzo Pro

FF Enzo

FF Kosmik

New: FF Kosmik Pro & Offc & Web

FF Kosmik

FF Letter Gothic

New: FF Letter Gothic Mono ProFF Letter Gothic Text Pro & Offc & Web (for each)

FF Letter Gothic

FF Magda

New: FF Magda Pro

FF Magda

FF Megano

New: FF Megano Pro & Offc & Web

FF Megano

FF Quadraat Headliner

New: FF Quadraat Headliner Pro

FF Quadraat Headliner

FF Speak

New: FF Speak Pro

FF Speak

FF Super Grotesk

New: FF Super Grotesk Pro

FF Super Grotesk

FF TradeMarker

New: FF TradeMarker Pro

FF Trademarker

FF Transit

New: FF Transit Pro

FF Transit

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In-use: FF Netto is truly out of this world

FF Netto in-use

Have you ever wanted to own something that was truly ‘out of this world’? Thanks to a new venture, Treasures from Space, you can now purchase your very own piece of heaven, brought down to earth. Their website sells authenticated elements that have fallen to our planet from outer space. The company relies on our very own FF Netto typeface for its visual identity. 

FF Netto in-use

Treasures from Space uses FF Netto both in print and online. Something of a reduced, space-aged design in its own right, FF Netto really shines in this multi-media branding application. We caught up with Adrian Friis, who explained his thinking behind choosing FF Netto:

‘Treasures From Space was launched late 2011 by meteorite collector Morten Bilet and graphic designer Adrian Friis. We wanted to put real space artefacts in the hands of people of all ages – young and old. We decided early on that high-quality and engaging packaging and marketing materials would be a key factor in giving our quirky product wide spread market appeal. To market the product, a strong brand identity would also be needed, and FF Netto was chosen for its utilitarian and contemporary look that works well for copy-text, the logo and in charts, diagrams and infographics. In addition, we were looking for a typeface that could also be specified via Typekit for our website and FF Netto has served our purposes very well both online and in print.’

FF Netto in-use

FF Netto’s letters are monolinear, but also look simple and honest. They almost appear as if they could have been constructed out of wire; in a way, this makes it reminiscent of the old NASA logo. Perhaps this association subtly played a role in its selection for this identity. FF Netto in-use

About FF Netto

The award-winning FF Netto is 21st century sans serif family designed by Daniel Utz. Starting from the idea to develop a no-frills typeface with as little historical ballast as possible, Utz reduced letterforms to their characteristic basic shapes, removing all dispensable details. FF Netto uses its own geometric construction principle, giving balance to the design as whole. The FF Netto family also includes a series of icons and arrows. These symbols are useful when typesetting text for information and orientation systems. Their weights and size are adjusted to match their respective alphabets.

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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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New release: FF46

These are the latest additions (release 46) to the FontFont library:

FontFont Release 46

New FontFonts and extensions

FF Chambers Sans OT by Verena Gerlach – Verena Gerlach’s experiment with oppositional styles resulted in this combination of static grotesque forms and the dynamic forms of a traditional antique typeface. The weights and italics are finely balanced so that it is especially suitable for setting books, but its frugal originality is also appropriate for use in large sizes like in poster design. The type family contains a range of alternate characters, small caps, ligatures, and (in the Regular weight) swashed initials, making it a versatile typographic tool.

FF Enzo OT 1 by Tobias Kvant – Inspired by a variety of styles, both past and present, FF Enzo is a lively multi-weight sans serif. Its extremely large x-height, and short ascenders and descenders make it a powerful headline face, ideal for magazines, posters and such, but it will work fine for body text as well. The family includes italics, tabular figures and four sets of small figures. FF Enzo is the first major typeface from Sweden’s Tobias Kvant, yet it demonstrates a great deal of understanding and skill. We expect to see more in the future from this fine young talent.

FF Max Pro 3 by Morten Olsen – It’s always been popular, but Morten Olsen’s FF Max is due for a major resurgence in today’s design landscape of square forms and rounded edges. The typeface is as fresh now as it was when it was released five years ago, and now it’s even more flexible thanks to two new weights at either end of the family: Extra Light and Fat.

FF Netto OT by Daniel Utz – With FF Netto, Daniel Utz has stripped letters of any historical detail, leaving them with the barest, clearest forms possible. This makes FF Netto ideal for wayfinding, where quick recognition is essential. A series of simple and useful icons and arrows add to its utility for information design, and intelligent borders let you group the pictograms using just a few keystrokes.

[ Link missing ] by Fred Smeijers – A new FF Quadraat Sans weight: Bold Italic

FF Trixie HD Pro Light by Erik van Blokland – Since its release in 1991, from “The X-Files” to “Atonement”, FF Trixie has served as the defacto typeface of mystery and intrigue. For years, it was the most convincing typewriter font available, but FontFont veteran Erik van Blokland was not satisfied. Early printing and operating systems could only handle so many points per font, so FF Trixie’s outlines weren’t as realistic as he wanted. Enter OpenType. Now that technology has caught up with his vision, Van Blokland has thrown everything he can at it. The new FF Trixie offers Rough variations that have more detail for use at larger sizes, yet keep the same overall shape as the originals. But the real advancement is found in FF Trixie HD, which contains seven alternates for each character, each with its own weight and texture. Just like typewritten forms, the letters dance on the baseline and reveal the effect of ink on the ribbon. Van Blokland didn’t stop there. Playing with OpenType’s ability to automatically substitute glyphs, he added a variety of clever effects such as more erratic baseline shifting, faux Greek and Cyrillic, and censor simulation. FF Trixie HD sets a new standard for detail and artificial intelligence. We can safely say no digital font comes closer to emulating a mechanical typewriter. The OT package contains all the features above. Go Pro for CE, Greek, and Cyrillic support.

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