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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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We are hiring!

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We are hiring! If you have a passion for type and typography and would like to work with us in the heart of Berlin, read on.

We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced Type Designer & Font Technician for our Font Development Team in Berlin (formerly Fontshop International). We hope to welcome our new colleague as soon as possible.

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate font development projects for new library fonts as well as customer-orientated font solutions, in collaboration with type designers and QA staff
  • Take on type design tasks to accelerate defined projects
  • Work independently on fine-tuning tasks such as definition of OpenType features, mark positioning, and font administrative core data.
  • Develop macros or scripts to automate manufacturing processes
  • Continuously extend knowledge about current font technology trends, Non-Latin scripts and corresponding writing systems, as well as general typographic aspects
  • Provide support to our sales and marketing teams on request

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master Degree in Visual Communication or a software oriented technical course of studies; ideally combined with 2–5 years experience as a font engineer or type designer with a technical background
  • Very good font editing skills using standard font tools (i.e. Fontlab, Adobe FDK, RoboFont, Glyphs, DTL Font Master, etc.)
  • Font technology knowledge with respect to different font formats, OpenType layout features and Unicode. Ideally Python scripting know-how and solid knowledge of XML.
  • Ideally basic knowledge of at least one complex script or writing system (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Devanagari, Hebrew, etc.)
  • Project management experience. Well-structured work methodology and capability to handle multiple projects in parallel
  • Good to very good communication skills in English. German language skills is a plus

Job location

  • Berlin, Germany

We offer:

  • Be part of an enthusiastic team working closely with type designers, established and new talent, from all over the world
  • Lots of opportunities to learn as well as determine the future of font making
  • Close cooperation with the web development and marketing teams
  • Attractive salary package

Please send your application with CV to Andreas Frohloff: andreas@fontfont.de

Company description

The FontFont library is part of the Monotype family. Monotype is a leading global provider of type, technology and expertise, enabling optimal user experiences and brand integrity. We offer one of the world’s largest and most highly regarded typeface libraries, as well as innovative solutions that bring the power of type to life. We help creative professionals distinguish their work by employing exceptional type and advanced technologies in service to their imaginations. 

Read all about the team in Berlin.

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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 Copa, The Free Colored Flag Font

Just in time for the FIFA World Cup™ Brazil 2014 we are pleased to offer FF Copa, a free multi-colour font consisting of the flags for each of the companies in the tournament.

Yes, you read it right: we’ve only gone and launched a font with multi-coloured pictograms! FF Copa

Until recently users could only colour font characters from the outside, via CSS, OpenType features (rasterized alternate characters), multi-layer fonts like many of the FontFonts (see What Can Layer FontFonts Do?). However, the likes of Google, Microsoft, Typopixo, Symbolset and the FontFont Type Department have been developing ways to make working with coloured fonts a whole lot easier.

It was over a decade ago at the “Information” themed TYPO 2002, that Jan Chipchase gave us a first insight into the colourful future of digital written messages when he presented several mobile phones with blinking displays. One of these phones, designed by the biggest Japanese mobile phone provider DoCoMo, used the mobile service i-Mode became increasingly popular among millions of Japanese people for its use of graphics. As a result of this rise to fame, i-Mode engineer Shigetaka Kurita who had developed the (partly animated) pictograms at the end of the 90s, received the title of the father of Emoji.

Coming back to today the FontFont Type Department developed the new flag font FF Copa as a technical demo for a crossplatform compatible solution. However as the much desired standard for multi-coloured fonts has not yet been established it is not currently viable to create a Twitter or Facebook message using the new typeface.

BUT emails and much more is possible!

FF Copa currently works on the Mac with all applications that use the system text engine, e. g. Word, TextEdit and Mail but does require email recipients to also have installed the free font in order to correctly receive the flag message.

With applications in which FF Copa works you can also create PDFs and images, perfect for creating tournament sweepstakes, game plans (on and offline) or merely printing the flags!

Programmes with their own text engine (e. g. Adobe CS) are currently unable to use FF Copa, the same also goes for many browsers, except Firefox (which can display the SVG glyphs of the webfont on all platforms) and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.

The download archive of FF Copa consists of a webfont (.woff) and two TrueType fonts (.ttf standard and .ttf Mac-optimized), EULAs and a html file.

So don’t delay and get your version of the free flag-tastic FF Copa now!

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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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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
in favour of a better perfomance on mobile devices.

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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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World clock adapts to day and night

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Weight overview

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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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New Release: FF 64

FF63 saw a FontFont milestone with the App+ license and this latest release is just as much an occasion as the last. With two brand new designs and Cyrillic language updates to three of our Pro packages, we have been counting down the days in high anticipation – we are simply super thrilled to bring you FF64.

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New meets old meets technic, FF Mark is more than just an average geometric sans. A special type project, Ze new Germanetric sans is a collaboration by Hannes von Döhren, Christoph Koeberlin, and the FontFont Type Department with creative support from Erik Spiekermann.

True to geometric tradition yet contemporary for today’s needs, the family of 10 weights ranging from Hairline to Black is designed with versatility in mind. Extreme weights have been engineered to shine bright in large sizes and middle weights optimized for body copy.

And to mark the launch of FF Mark, we are launching a new microsite to showcase and celebrate the thinking and creative process behind the typeface. Discover, interact with and download the exclusive Free Fönt at www.ffmark.com.

 

FF Kievit Slab

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Four years in the making and designed with utmost precision Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan’s latest expansion of the FF Kievit superfamily has arrived.
The long-anticipated FF Kievit Slab has been carefully adjusted and fine-tuned in width and contrast to help make it an extremely robust and elegant typeface.

Much akin to its successful sisters, the new slab sibling comes in 9 weights from Thin to Black and matching italics, which makes it a perfect companion to other members of the FF Kievit family.

Typographical finesse has been delivered in the form of small caps, old style, lining, and tabular figures, and a mountain of OpenType glory.

The entire superfamily is well suited for editorial and book design, packaging and superfit for corporate branding and creative industries.

Language Extensions & Updates

Talk in even more type tongues with welcomed Cyrillic updates for FF Mister K Regular, FF Mister K Informal, FF Profile and FF Tisa Sans. Our extensive library also offer fonts for several scripts aside from Latin, including Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and even Armenian.

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FF Mister K Informal Cyrillic

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FF Profile Cyrillic

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FF Tisa Sans Cyrillic

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