News: Tagged as Frank Grießhammer

FF Dora and FF Quixo in Typographica’s “Favorite Typefaces of 2013”

Here at FontFont we are huge fans of Typographica and so were incredibly flattered to be told that FF Dora and FF Quixo are be included in the new annual as part of their “Our Favorite Typefaces of 2013”!

Priding itself on presenting a thorough overview of the most interesting new typefaces on the market, the annual specialises in covering typographic diversity and the global spread of independent font makers. Now in its eighth year it is not positioned as a competition with a panel of judges. Instead it is made up of reviews from a collection of respected industry professionals who discuss their favourite typeface releases from the last year.

FF Quixo

FF Quixo was enthusiastically reviewed by Rob Saunders, a designer, teacher, publisher, and consultant who runs the Letterform Archive. The brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s FF Quixo was a result of a 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 to create the typeface.

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FF Dora

Reviewed by Tim Brown, Type Manager for Typekit, owner of Nice Web Type and author of Five Simple Steps: Combining Typefaces, FF Dora is described as a serif from a certain contemporary style of serif, which include likeminded predecessors such as Fedra, Dolly, and Elena. Designed by editorial and book designer Slávka Pauliková, it is a strong-willed type family consisting of five styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, and Display. The distinctive personality of the typeface comes from the main focus of the designer to transform handwritten shapes into a serif text typeface, not a script face.

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The Making-Of: FF Quixo Notebooks

The second of our posts on the FF Quixo notebook provides an insight into its design, specifications and printing via hand drawn sketches and images taken throughout the production process.

Product Specifications

  • Notebook: 13 × 21cm, 64 pages Papyrus Recyconomic Pale Pink 80g/m², cover is printed in two Pantone colors (Pantone 184 & Pantone Violet) + Black.
  • Dust jacket: 52 × 84cm, Igepa Opakal 50g/m², 4 Pantone colors  (Pantone 184Pantone 705Pantone VioletPantone Yellow) + Black.
  • Printed at Gallery Print in Berlin.
  • Available at the TYPO San Francisco and TYPO Berlin.

 See also:  The FF Quixo Notebooks 

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Initial illustrations of creating a specimen poster that doubles up as a dust jacket. 

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Thoughts on different ways of folding the dust jacket around the notebook.

Calculations for potential sizing of the specimen poster.

Color adjustments at the printers.

First proof

Fine-tuning the color and pressure values.

Talented craftsmen from Gallery Print in Berlin.

Checking the colors.

Four Pantone colors + Black were used:
Black, Pantone 184, Pantone 705, Pantone Violet, Pantone Yellow.

Eagle eyes — Céline and Natalie check the proof

Céline holding the first proof.

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FF Ernestine and FF Quixo receive Out Of Box Awards

Out of the Box

Following our first ever submission to Out Of Box we are proud to announce that FF Ernestine and FF Quixo have both received awards in the Words category.

The bi-annual, international award aims to show the potential of creative professionals across all areas of visual communication, offering them the opportunity to present themselves to a wider audience and an independent jury.

The competition is aimed at young creatives to already established graphic, web and fashion designers, architects, film producers, artists and also large agencies.

From the panel of seven judges TGG Hafen Senn Stieger co-owner Roland Stieger and Susanne Zippel of Mittelpunkt•Zhongdian were responsible for choosing the type winners.

About FF Ernestine

Created by type designer Nina Stössinger, FF Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monolinear text typeface whose design could encompass seemingly opposite feelings. Stössinger wanted to develop a solution that would feel warm, but also serious; slightly feminine, but not too swirly-girly – charming and sturdy at the same time.

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About FF Quixo

FF Quixo is the brainchild of Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project during his time at the Royal Academy of Art, in 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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The FF Quixo Notebooks

As part of the release of FF Quixo we produced these gorgeous notebooks and additional dust jacket which doubles up as a specimen poster for the award winning typeface.

The moleskin size inspired notebook is made up of 32 pages with a luxury textured feel to it. Throughout both the notebook and poster four Pantone colours were used. If you fancy getting your hands on one of these we will be giving them out at TYPO San Francisco and TYPO Berlin!

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About FF Quixo


“Quixo” is an onomatopoeic exaggeration. If you are a good listener, you will know that the word comes directly from the sound of dipping a brush into a bottle of ink. It is also the sound of that same bottle, dropping on the floor: “Quix-O!!”.


FF Quixo is a tool-based typeface family, based on the contrast of the pointed pen. Conceived from Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag, the typeface is rooted in handwriting and explores the concept of increasing tool size in relation to weight. The visual influence of the tool is barely visible in the Regular weight, but more extreme in the Black one. The incorruptible result is a diverse spectrum of 12 styles (6 weights with Roman and Italic in each) suitable for compact and concise passages of text.


FF Quixo plays on various sides of creative type – headline and text, bold and fine. It is a typeface that can show a playful side without looking goofy and is equipped with all the features and considerations necessary to produce complex typography. It feels at home whenever a touch of personality, whim, and symbols are required, but also provides the necessary precision for more functional applications.

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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.

MarkAbout FF Quixo

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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Drip. Splat. Pop. Quixo!

A small glimpse into the creative thinking behind FF Quixo via Frank Grießhammer’s  process book which was also part of his submission to our TypeBoard.

For more on the making of FF Quixo, check out our Behance page.
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November 27th, 2013 Comments

New Release: FF 65

Our latest release line up features a FontFont newcomer alongside one of our seasoned type pros. Introducing FF Quixo, a brand new design by Frank Grießhammer as well as new weights to the FF Profile family in FF Profile Thin and FF Profile Extra Light by Martin Wenzel.

New Design

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“Quixo” is an onomatopoeic exaggeration. If you are a good listener, you will know that the word comes directly from the sound of dipping a brush into a bottle of ink. It is also the sound of that same bottle, dropping on the floor: “Quix-O!!”.

FF Quixo is a tool-based typeface family, based on the contrast of the pointed pen. Conceived from Frank Grießhammer’s graduation project at the Type and Media program at KABK Den Haag, the typeface is rooted in handwriting and explores the concept of increasing tool size in relation to weight. The visual influence of the tool is barely visible in the Regular weight, but more extreme in the Black one. The incorruptible result is a diverse spectrum of 12 styles (6 weights with Roman and Italic in each) suitable for compact and concise passages of text.

FF Quixo plays on various sides of creative type – headline and text, bold and fine. It is a typeface that can show a playful side without looking goofy and is equipped with all the features and considerations necessary to produce complex typography. It feels at home whenever a touch of personality, whim, and symbols are required, but also provides the necessary precision for more functional applications.

New Weights

FF Profile Thin / FF Profile Extra Light

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FF Profile Thin and FF Profile Extra Light are the latest extensions to Martin Wenzel’s popular FF Profile family. Made for legibility, the family of sans serifs unites timeless forms together for a contemporary approach. Where other thin type players stay typically cool, FF Profile Thin and Extra Light manage to maintain warmth with its truly humanist design charm and special stroke endings.

Thinly sliced (at 100pt, the stem weight for FF Profile Thin is 2 points, with horizontal strokes at 1.8 points), the new extreme light weights stand firm and individual at large scales yet are still very legible in smaller sizes. The two new feather-weight faces come with Italics and Small Caps plus Greek and Cyrillic support, making them versatile all-rounders and ideal for flat design (hello iOS) and graphics.

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