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FF Mark In-Use: Appetite for Radical Change. Katowice 1865–2015.

In producing the Appetite for Radical Change exhibition, Medialab Katowice incorporated Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the Type Department’s FF Mark into a work of stunning restraint. The project began as a series of lectures on the historical development of Katowice, Poland, a city known for its ability to—and even inclination toward—adaptation and change. Formally, the work is presented with iconic clarity. FF Mark’s geometric qualities are a good unifier in this regard, while its more human facets serve to invite participation by onlookers. From its companion site: “The exposition is devoid of the traditional historical narrative, which usually puts the focus on important historical figures, political events or wars. Instead, it uses diagrams, maps and data visualisations to illustrate the rapid transformations of Katowice. The city’s architecture plays an important role, showing the momentum and optimism of its creators, regardless of the period and political context.”

In keeping with the open culture that undertook the project, its creators make available many of the assets produced as part of the work, including an OpenType file containing monochromatic depictions of many of the city’s architectural landmarks.

Medialab Katowice is a collaborative environment for developing and executing culturally significant projects that make use of emerging technologies. The purpose for such collaborations are both social and educational, giving all who participate the chance to learn, mix, and refine their skills. 

 

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An interactive map that allows its participants to see patterns in the city’s growth over time http://katowickiebudynki.eu

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Photography by Medialab Katowice

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New Release – FF69

Spring is here and so is the first FontFont Release of 2015, the rather wonderful FF 69! 

Read on to find out more about the extensions of type fanatics favorites FF Yoga and FF Mark Ultra, as well new recruits to the type scene, FF Eggo and FF Aad.

New Release: FF Aad

FF Aad is the first typeface to join FontFont from designer Aad van Dommelen, a former type student of Gerrit Noordzij’s at the Royal Academy in The Hague. The modern sans serif with its humanist character has horizontal ending terminals which in turn transforms the negative shape between the letters into an open and simpler forms. Resulting in clean and easy-to-read words.

His five weight family, which includes genuine italics, is both neutral and elegant in appearance making it ideal for a multitude of applications particularly when used for corporate purposes such as annual reports, corporate brochures and branding.


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New Release: FF Eggo

First up we are proud to introduce FF Eggo. Created by Warsaw based designer Łukasz Dziedzic, FF Eggo came from a request for a script font with multiple weights. Rather than just the classic calligraphy styles, thus allowing the script to have multiple and flexible uses.

Unique characteristics of the font include italics (a real rarity in script form) a thin style reminiscent of a pen or a thin marker, whilst the bolder styles could have been done with a brush or market. However, whilst it takes a step away from a traditional script its uppercase works well both alone and mixed with lowercase characters. 

This is a script typeface that promises not to bore you after one use, with its five weights you can use it again and again, keeping the taste but changing the flavour.

Useful for sign lettering to chalkboards, FF Eggo was designed to be flexible, and it really does what it says on the tin.

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New Style Extension: FF Mark Ultra

One of our biggest releases of recent years FF Mark by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department has undergone an extension in the form of an ultra-heavy and strong weight, known as FF Mark Ultra.

Whilst it is based on the characteristics of FF Mark, the new weight FF Mark Ultra required specific designing.  When drawing such extreme weights totally different design solutions are required which meant that the new weight has been created independently but retaining references to the original. Thanks to this new addition the FF Mark family the weight spectrum from hairline to the maximum possible, without loosing character.

The loud and proud weight is ideal for perfect for display settings giving maximum impact in big sizes.

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New Styles Extension: FF Yoga & FF Yoga Sans

FF Yoga designer Xavier Dupré has taken the popular sans and serif typeface and turned it into quite the superfamily with the addition of Hairline, Thin, Light and Medium weights.

The new members give a fresh look to the family creating further more interesting opportunities for use building on its primary suggested use for book work.

During the process contrast was left in the hairline, which could be argued as not a real hairline, which shows a distinct sensibility for display uses. Whilst a light weight of the regular was created making it suitable for short texts.


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FF Mark and FF Quadraat in-use case: PAGE Magazine

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PAGE is one of the leading design publications in Germany for creatives and professionals in design, advertising and media.

Working in conjunction with the agencies digitalmobil and SQUIECH Design, the team has recently overhauled their online presence. Both their print and online publications have been set in FontFonts including FF Mark and FF Quadraat, bringing a fresh, contemporary yet timeless look to the brand. 

Combining the new with the old and with its roots firmly seated in 1920s German geometry, FF Mark has seen a meteoric rise since it’s release in 2013. Designed by Hannes von Döhren and Christoph Koeberlin, it was a special project initiated by Hannes and FontFont with input from Erik Spiekermann and the FontFont Type Department. Strong, simple and bold, and crafted with the utmost consideration and perfection (aka German Engineering), it is “ze Germanetric sans”. In the print magazine the headers are set in a variety of weights of FF Mark, whilst the whole website is set in FF Mark Web. 

In the print magazine the body text is also set in another famous FontFont — Fred Smeijers’s FF Quadraat. One of the earliest typefaces to join our library it has become a go-to choice for many editorial designers. 

You can view FF Mark in all it’s glory on our award-winning microsite ffmark.com and read more about the changes to PAGE (in German).

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Photos by Alex Roth

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ISTD Awards 2014

ISTD Awards 2014

A couple of weeks ago, we were invited to attend the International Typographic Awards ceremony in Bexhill hosted by the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD). It was a record win for FontFont. Four of our newer typefaces, FF Ernestine by Nina Stössinger, FF Mark by Hannes von Döhren and Christoph Koeberlin, FF Quixo by Frank Grießhammer and FF Antithesis by Yanone, were all awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

The ISTD is an international society whose mission is to raise awareness and interest in all forms of typographic communication. Promoting typographic standards and excellence, their awards are one of the most highly sought after accolades in the industry. Huge congratulations to all our FontFont Designers! 

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FF Antithesis by Yanone – The smallest super family ever.

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FF Ernestine by Nina Stössinger – feminine, but not too girly – charming and sturdy at the same time.

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FF Quixo by Frank Grießhammeran onomatopoeic typographic exaggeration.

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FF Mark gets folded for a fictional Hungarian Guggenheim

We love it when students do something out of the ordinary with our fonts, just as Krisztián Lakosi and Richárd Lakosi have done with FF Mark.

This great reinterpretation of FF Mark features in a project that looks at the construction of a fictional Hungarian Guggenheim in Budapest whilst asking the question: How would it take shape in today’s Hungary?

During the three stages of the project, FF Mark is transformed into a folding alphabet, giving a whole new look to one of the most popular typefaces in the FontFont library.

Take a look at the whole project here.

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About FF Mark

FF Mark is a self-initiated collaboration between Hannes von Döhren, FontFont’s very own Christoph Koeberlin, and the entire FontFont Type Department. With the creative support/input of no less than Erik Spiekermann, they designed this distinctive typeface. FF Mark is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time. On closer inspection, letter shapes are wider, letter proportions are better balanced and the x-height is uncharacteristically “normal” or higher, which increases its versatility tremendously.

FFMark.com is the microsite alternative to a normal font sample for FF Mark, providing a greater insight into the capabilities and background of the typeface.


 

 

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FF Mark In-Use: Walter Gropius' “The Scope of Total Architecture”

FF Mark — “Ze Germanetric sans” has most recently been used in this beautiful reprint, by Przemek Dębowski and printed by Polish publishing house Karakter, of a collection of essays by the founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius. Gropius’ “The Scope of Total Architecture” was originally written at a the time of an industrial boom during the early 20th Century, a time that bears a lot of influence on FF Mark — an up-to-date typeface rooted in 1920s German geometry. As a family that maintains the integrity of tradition but in a contemporary context, FF Mark is the ideal type partner to this collection of essays that are is still considered to be applicable to modern architecture today.

For these images and more head to the FontFont Behance page.

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About FF Mark

FF Mark is a self-initiated collaboration between Hannes von Döhren, FontFont’s very own Christoph Koeberlin, and the entire FontFont Type Department. With the creative support/input of no less than Erik Spiekermann, they designed this distinctive typeface. FF Mark is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time. On closer inspection, letter shapes are wider, letter proportions are better balanced and the x-height is uncharacteristically “normal” or higher, which increases its versatility tremendously.

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FF Mark In-Use: The Dash

Our next ‘In-Use’ case comes from a Kickstarter project for the worlds first wireless smart in-ear headphones known as The Dash. With the ability to hold a 1000 songs, built-in performance tracking and body sensors, The Dash looks to be the future in headphone technology.

As a kickstarter project the website is required to attract as much attention as possible, making the strong, bold and eye catching FF Mark the perfect typeface for drawing in potential investors.

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About FF Mark

FF Mark was designed by Hannes von DöhrenChristoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department. Born from the idea to create an up-to-date typeface rooted in 1920s German geometry, the typeface is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time.

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FF Quixo and FFMark.com Receive Type Directors Club Recognition

We are excited to announce that the Type Directors Club (TDC) have given both the FF Mark microsite and  Frank Grießhammer’s FF Quixo a  “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” in their categories, with FFMark.com in the Communication Design category and FF Quixo in Typeface Design.

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About the TDC Awards

The TDC annual competitions highlight the best in typographic work in both communication and typeface design the world over. To be awarded is considered a prestigious achievement within the typographic industry.

The TDC Typeface Design Competition is the seventeenth annual typeface design competition, where all winners will be included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 35. Only 24 entries of nearly 200 submitted from 29 countries were selected by the jury.

Winners of the TDC Communication Design Competition receive the “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” and are included in the Annual of the Type Directors Club, Typography 35, as well as being shown at the 60th Awards Exhibition in New York. 209 entries out of over 2000 entries from 43 countries were selected in this years competition.

Furthermore, all sucessful entries of both competitions will be featured in seven exhibitions touring cities across the United States, Canada, France, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

About FF Mark and FFMark.com

Created with versatility in mind, FF Mark was devised by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department. Breaking from tradition with a family of 10 weights ranging from Hairline to Black FF Marks extreme weights are “engineered” to shine bright in large sizes and middle weights optimized for body copy.

FFMark.com, which marked the launch of the new typeface, was designed by the FontFont marketing team and developed by Rob Meek. Built with the aim of giving users a better understanding of the typeface the site gives an indepth insight into FF Marks look and feel on and offline, its background, examples and usage suggestions.

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FF Quixo is the brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag. Exploring pointed-pen calligraphy, he decided to take on the style in a more casual manner, interpreting the model with different-sized brushes.

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Making of FFMark.com

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First sketches for the mobile version of FFMark.com
The CPU-intensive elements like the fullscreen video, live blur and the overlay feature were removed
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We are pleased to announce that the Type Directors Club (TDC) have given recognition to the FFMark.com microsite with a “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” in the TDC Communication Design competition.

Both FF Mark and FFMark.com were, in many respects, unique ventures in the history of FontFont with each case taking a contemporary approach on established classic ideas.

Whilst the new FF Mark was formed as a reinterpretation of a classic Geometric sans, FFmark.com was created as a modern design of a digital specimen. Created as part of the FF Mark release the idea behind the site was to replace a standard font sample with something deeper, more interactive, informative and playful.

Unlike a normal font sample FFMark.com provides a greater insight into the capabilities and background of FF Mark. Some of the key features on the site include:

- FreeFönt download
- A new way of comparing weights
- Interactive Type Sampler
- Interactive mockup generator: Test and preview the typeface across
  various different media formats and application
- A historical look into classic geometric sans

World-renowned type designer Hannes von Döhren worked together with FontFont’s Christoph Koeberlin and the FontFont Type Department to create the new typeface in October 2013.

From here they went on to work with FontFont’s marketing team, fronted by Alexander Roth, to design FFMark.com, utilising an analogue approach of sketches as opposed to designing straight into digital format.

Once the final sketches were complete only then was the final artwork digitalised and passed to the development wizard, Rob Meek who created the site over a period of two weeks.

The sketches below from the early stages of the site design represent only the inventory of elements and features without any serious attempts to design them at this stage and so should be viewed as neither beautiful, nor ugly but simply useful.

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Customisable background

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Character set overview

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Supported OpenType features

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Language support

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World clock adapts to day and night

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Weight overview

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Overlay all weights at once

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Compare weights

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Interactive mock-up generator

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Historical essay on geometric sans serifs

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Study of possible positions for navigational elements and ideas for interaction with the FF Mark font on the microsite.

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Inventory of icons and their possible position.

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Navigation is crucial. It took a while until we came up with a satisfactory solution.

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Brainstorming about the interactive mock-up generator and the necessary elements to allow the user the best possible testing experience
 

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Thoughts on the functions of the mock-up chapter.

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Overview of the featured elements such as bookjacket, poster, website and a mobile device.

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The very first storyboard for the chapters of the microsite and their functions.

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Navigation and chapters.

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From the beginning it was clear that we wanted provide a powerful type tester which includes sliders for the font size and leading. As well as an image upload feature and a weight overlay functions to compare different individual weights or all at once.

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Thoughts on how to present the numeral sets aside from sober overviews.

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For people who are interested in using FF Mark on printed matter, a high quality downloadable PDF specimen was created. It provides an extensive overview of all weights and styles.

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The type tester is a very important feature on the FFMark.com microsite.
Therefore a lot of effort was invested to make it as good as possible for testing the FF Mark typeface.
 

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Ideas for the opening video.

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Storyboard for the opening video which was filmed by Max Zerrahn.

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Featured Web FontFonts, November 2013

November’s roundup of our best Web FontFonts in-use features popular up-and-comer FF Mark alongside resident favorites FF Meta Serif, FF Scuba and FF Kievit.

Bench –  FF Mark & FF Meta Serif

Bench is a new kind of bookkeeper. Ideal for independent businesses, it is a standout in the market as it combines the service of task automation together with an actual accountant or bookkeeper. Simple, strong and contemporary, the versatility of FF Mark combined with the great FF Meta Serif is a terrific pairing for this smart, responsive and modern online business.

SAE IT-systems – FF Scuba

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SAE IT-systems is one of the leading innovators in the field of substation automation, telecontrol and communal communication in infrastructure applications. Felix Braden’s FF Scuba, a distinctive, clean and flexible contemporary sans, is a fine fit for this community of specialists in energy management.

ADAC Postbus – FF Kievit

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Earlier this year German brand powerhouses ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.) and Deutsche Post joined forces to establish ADAC Postbus. Coined as “the bus for Germany”, the ADAC Postbus site is set in Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan’s contemporary and timeless FF Kievit which has recently been extended with a Slab version.

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