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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.
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).
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.permalink
How quickly the time has flown since FF 59, we can’t quite believe it is release time again. With two new designs, two extensions and a myriad of updates we are delighted to introduce our latest release, FF 60.
The new designs
From the designer of FF Cube and FF Speak comes FF Marselis. Jan Maack’s newest design crossbreeds geometric and humanistic forms, creating a freshly dynamic sans serif family. All of the counters in the typeface are open; certain superfluous strokes have been eliminated – there are no spurs on the b or q, for instance.
Many designers chance upon using the same graphic shape for the lowercase ‘a’ and ‘e’ – indeed, the idea seems simple enough: just rotate the form 180° and you should be done! However, almost all attempts at this sort of theoretical simplification fail in practice. With FF Marselis, Jan Maack has found a key to making it work. Rather than whole letterforms, a tear-drop form repeats throughout the alphabet, not only in the bowl of the lowercase ‘a’ or ‘e’, but also in the ‘k’ and the uppercase ‘Q’. Its distinct character makes FF Marselis a perfect choice for today’s corporate and branding projects.
Introductory offer: You can get 50 % off any FF Marselis product (until 31 October 2012).
FF ThreeSix is a huge experimental optical type system consisting of six typefaces in eight weights, including four additional monospaced weights. It is the result of London-based Paul McNeil’s and Hamish Muir’s attempts to work within the restrictive rules of geometry to generate simple typographic forms emulating traditional type design principles, where a wide range of almost imperceptible compensatory optical tricks are used to create the illusion of evenness in the basic fabric of text.
The award-winning system – ISTD Premier Award and Certificate of Excellence – is based on a grid of 36 unit squares subdivided into 9 units and are constructed using only vertical or horizontal straight lines and circular arcs. Cap-height, x-height, ascent and descent measurements are consistent across all fonts and weights. The grid also determines character and word spacing, with all side-bearings and kerning pair values conforming to 9 unit increments.
As Wim Crouwel notes: ‘It is a fascination for the use of geometric systems in design that has resulted in these remarkable typefaces.’
Updated and extended FontFonts
Introducing FF Chartwell Web. Simple to use and fun to play around with, you can try it for yourself online using our demo.
Free font: For a limited time, you can get your hands on FF Chartwell Web Radar for free.
Erik Spiekermann’s best-known face is without doubt FF Meta. While it has proven its usability in almost any design task one can think of, its creator realized that it could be improved even more for use in the business world. The main features of the first version of FF Meta Correspondence included tabular figures (instead of oldstyle ones) and increased tracking, yet Spiekermann wanted to go a few steps further and take the typeface to another level.
Now, Erik Spiekermann and the FontFont team changed both proportions and shapes to a more robust style, removed contrast from accents and simplified forms and details to a more screen-friendly appearance. The very well-known lowercase g has been changed to a single-storey one, which is more common within the office environment. Above all, a set of useful arrows, icons, and office dingbats has been added. The resulting design is still FF Meta, but one that breathes Correspondence air.
The simplified forms and the high-quality screen optimization make FF Meta Correspondence a perfect typeface for use as a webfont or within the mobile environment.
New Office and Web FontFonts plus language extensions
Did you know our library contains over 2500 FontFonts? After a FontFont is released, the work doesn’t stop, we continually tinker and update our beloved FontFonts to ensure that they are in tip-top condition and in the most up to date and useable formats. In FF 60, some of our earliest releases such as Just van Rossum’s FF Advert, Ole Schäfer’s FF Zine, and John Critchley’s FF Child’s Play have been brought up to date and now come in Office and Web formats.
FF Atma Serif (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Child’s Play (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Cube (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Eureka Mono (NEW: Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Fago Mono (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)
FF Hydra/Text (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Instant Types (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Meta Correspondence (NEW: Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Typestar (NEW: Pro | Offc Pro | Web Pro)
FF Zine Sans/Serif/Slab Display (NEW: Pro | Offc | Offc Pro | Web | Web Pro)permalink
Five years ago we made this handy wall map, with the help from our friends at Punchcut. Since then, our library grew further, so we did it again. Welcome the FontFont Map 2011. You will even find FontFonts that have not yet been published, but will be out by the end of this year.
The FontFont Map sheds new light on the collection, making it easier to find the most suitable face among a cast of thousands. Breaking from the tradition of alphabetical or categorical order, the poster presents the library in an organic, intuitive way. It is a cloud map of typographic forms in which fonts are organized by their visual relationship. The word “Slang” represents the main components of the latin alphabet — uppercase, lowercase, ascender, descender, rounds, and straights. The size of each font sample is relative to the family size. A count of styles and weights is shown in the box next to the font name.
Attendees of the TYPO conference in Berlin received this poster last week, another chance to get one is at the ATypI conference. You can download the PDF here (913 KB) or send us an email with your postal address to get a printed version.permalink