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New Release - FF67

Summer is well and truly here and so is the new FF67 release!

With the release of FF Franziska by type design newbie Jakob Runge, condensed and Cyrillic extensions for Morten Olsen’s FF Max, two new web friendly designs from FF Mister K designer Julia Sysmäläinen and FontFont’s first icon collection especially designed for user interfaces, this promises to be a good one!

New Release: FF Franziska

Originating from Jakob Runge’s masters thesis at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, FF Franziska was selected at the first public TypeBoard meeting during TYPO Berlin 2013. Planned as a hybrid of sturdy slab and serif, its regular weight is built to sustain unfavourable circumstances, such as bad printing techniques or low resolution screens. The extreme weights of the family represent the two poles of FF Franziska: the quiet mono-linear and filigree Hairline feels like a pure slab serif, whilst the dark and substantial Black weight comes with the feeling of a serif.

A diverse typeface, its extroverted italic differs itself from the roman by its playful shapes which can often be found in handwriting.

The 20 style family is already proving itself to be an exceptionally useful typographic tool with a pre-release version of the typeface already in use as a text face for the German magazine Zeit and the Swiss printed Bündner Tagblatt among several other publications.

FF Franziska

New Styles and Language Extension:
FF Max Condensed and Cyrillic

Inspired by Aldo Novarese’s Eurostile (1962) but rounder and friendlier in form, Morten Olsen’s humanist sans serif works well as a headline face for both magazines and newspapers whilst also working well in small point sizes. For this latest release Morten substantially extended FF Max’s 18 normal-width styles with 18 condensed styles, all of which now have their own Cyrillic versions. With the new condensed styles the family can now be used for an even wider range of tasks, and the language extension makes it functional for all of our customers who need Cyrillic characters for writing Russian, Bulgarian and other Cyrillic-based languages.

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New Design: FF Mister K Splendid

Continuing with her use of Kafka’s often ironic literary oeuvre as an inspirational source, FF Mister K designer Julia Sysmäläinen has created two new web friendly designs – FF Mister K Splendid Regular and Light.

“... two friends, one of them blond, resembling Richard Strauss, smiling, reserved, clever; the other dark, correctly dressed, well mannered yet firm, too dainty, lisped; both of them gourmets, kept drinking wine, coffee, beer, brandy, smoked incessantly, one poured for the other …” — Franz Kafka

The two new designs, based on the lively and quirky charms of the two Danish friends as described by Kafka, are both well dressed, well mannered, enjoy the pleasures of life but have their own little faults and exaggerations. Together they make a splendid “semi perfect” typeface duo bringing delight to both large and small screens as well as printed pages.

These two new FF Mister K Splendids are also the first members of the family available as web fonts. While the original FF Mister K’s complex OpenType layout features and large file size make it not yet ready for embedding in websites, FF Mister K Splendid has been designed especially with web use in mind, demonstrating what is possible with today’s webfonts.

FF Mister K Splendid

 

New Release: FF UI Icons 

For the first time in FontFont history we can announce the release of a collection of specially designed user interface icon sets to create the FF UI Icons pack.

Having researched which icons are most commonly required for user interface design we asked the designers of our most successful FontFont Pi & Symbols families: FF Dingbats 2.0, FF Mister K Dingbats, FF Netto Icons, and FF Transit Pict to draw these 85 icons in their particular design style. Each font from the FF UI Icons pack contains the same set of icons, enabling users to keep one visual style throughout their apps or websites.

FF UI Icons are available in TrueType-flavored OpenType format for desktop and app use and in WOFF/EOT formats for the web.

The collection also features a teaser from the upcoming typeface, FF Comic Jens by Jens Kutilek, who has given us a sample with 85 UI icons from his yet to be released family of casual handwriting fonts.

FF Netto Icons UI



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FF67 New Release: FF UI Icons

For the first time in FontFont history we can announce the release of a collection of specially designed user interface icon sets to create the FF UI Icons pack.

Having researched which icons are most commonly required for user interface design we asked the designers of our most successful FontFont Pi & Symbols families: FF Dingbats 2.0, FF Mister K Dingbats, FF Netto Icons, and FF Transit Pict to draw these 85 icons in their particular design style. Each font from the FF UI Icons pack contains the same set of icons, enabling users to keep one visual style throughout their apps or websites.

FF UI Icons are available in TrueType-flavored OpenType format for desktop and app use and in WOFF/EOT formats for the web.

The collection also features a teaser from the upcoming typeface, FF Comic Jens by Jens Kutilek, who has given us a sample with 85 UI icons from his yet to be released family of casual handwriting fonts.

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Happy Birthday Franz Kafka from FF Mister K

FF Mister K

(Beetle image: Formatdelete)

Today is the 130th Birthday of one of the most significant writers of the 20th Century, Franz Kafka. Although many of his works were actually published posthumously against his wishes, Kafka has become a highly influential voice in literature renowned for his exploration of the themes of alienation, transformation and brutality.

A person called K appears in a number of his novels and the manuscripts of Kafka’s two best known novels The Castle and The Trial were the source of inspiration for type designer Julia Sysmäläinen, creator of the typeface FF Mister K. Sysmäläinen manages to capture the essence of Kafka’s erratic somewhat eccentric script, whilst maintaining a balanced typographic rhythm. Part of the FF Mister K family, FF Mister K Informal has a slightly more friendly, readable appearance and FF Mister K Dingbats contains a wide range of pictograms, from animals, plants, stars, famous buildings, faces to food and much more.

Another tribute to Franz Kafka is this beautiful video by Pablo Delcán and Peter Mendelsund.

 

 

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FF Mister K exhibition in Berlin

FF Mister K

On Friday, 21st September, over 80 graphic designers from in and around Berlin met at the Mota Italic Gallery for the opening of Julia Sysmäläinen’s exhibition, ‘Mister K and Franz Kafka’. Charting the tale of the ‘Real Travels of Mister K’, the exhibition focuses on how Franz Kafka’s handwriting developed and evolved over time, as well as on Sysmäläinen’s process behind reincarnating it in digital form as the FF Mister K typeface. 

 FF Mister K

The exhibition is both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Featured work includes a number of recent books whose covers or jackets were designed with FF Mister K, as well as jewellery, prints, objects and typographic installations. Sysmäläinen produced a small booklet to accompany the exhibition, ‘Too long to tweet’ which features texts from many of Berlin’s most active type designers (and Twitter users).

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Julia Sysmäläinen (left) during the opening

The exhibition was originally scheduled to run through the end of October, but, due to its popularity, has been extended until 9th November. The Mota Italic Gallery is located in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district, and is open Mondays to Saturdays from noon to 6 pm.

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FF Mister K & Franz Kafka Exhibition

FF Mister K

We are delighted to announce that FF Mister K, designed by Julia Sysmäläinen, will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Mota Italic Gallery in Berlin.

Charting the tale of the “Real Travels of Mister K”, the exhibition includes a focus on how Franz Kafka’s handwriting developed and evolved over time, and the process by which it was reincarnated in digital form as the FF Mister K typeface.

The featured work includes a collection of books – like the Mendelsund series by Schocken and the new Too Long to Tweet – as well as prints, objects and typographic installations that reflect the energetic, vibrant, humorous and above all eccentric nature of Kafka and FF Mister K.

If you are in Berlin between September 17 and October 27, be sure to check out the exhibition, or attend the official opening party with Sysmäläinen and the Mota Italic crew on Friday 21 September.

About Mister K

Franz Kafka’s manuscripts had such a profound impact on Julia Sysmäläinen that she undertook the difficult task of capturing his handwriting in a digital typeface. FF Mister K combines Kafka’s unusually strong calligraphic characteristics with a hefty array of OpenType features, delivering a powerful script font. First released in 2008, FF Mister K was successively extended by an additional typeface, FF Mister K Informal, in 2011. The design has already received several awards, including a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design from the TDC in 2012. Sysmäläinen is a Finnish graphic and type designer, based in Berlin.

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New release: FF51

BERLIN, GERMANY, December 2009 – FSI FontShop International announced the latest additions to its award-winning FontFont® typeface library.

The new FontFonts

FF Yoga Pro
FF Yoga Sans Pro

Xavier Dupré’s FF Yoga family is a type system conceived to work for newspapers and magazines thanks to its strong personality and good legibility. The Serif weights with their sturdy serifs are a good choice for body text, but they also serve as an original headline face with their subtly chiseled counters inspired by blackletters. FF Yoga mixes the harshness of blackletters with the balanced rhythm and round shapes of the Garalde typefaces. FF Yoga Sans is a contemporary alternative to Gill Sans and a sober companion to Yoga Serif.

FF Mister K Dingbats OT

FF Mister K Dingbats are the newcomers to Julia Sysmäläinen’s FF Mister K family, a script typeface based on Franz Kafka’s manuscripts. It started with Finnish illustrator Oili Kokkonen creating some pretty funny cartoon characters using letterforms of FF Mister K Regular. Soon after, the design of almost 600 pictograms was on its way. All are based on glyph parts of the Regular with which they make a very good match.

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