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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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Full screen video

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Realtime blur/unblur while scrolling

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Type tester

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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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Designer bios

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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.

New Designs

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FF Mark Microsite

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.

FF Mister K Regular Cyrillic

FFMisterKText Cyrillic

FF Mister K Informal Cyrillic

FFMisterKInformal Cyrillic

FF Profile Cyrillic

FFProfile Cyrillic

FF Tisa Sans Cyrillic

FFTisaSans Cyrillic

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Are you the next FontFont designer?

The stories and faces behind some of our FontFont Designers

Have you got a tremendous typeface design up your sleeve? At FontFont, we are driven by our love for type and typography and are always on the lookout for new typographical talent. When we started back in 1990, our mission was to create ‘fonts for designers by designers’. Since then, designers from across the world have contributed to our library. Twice a year, the TypeBoard, a committee of internal and external experts come together to review submissions.

Our submission policy continues to be as open as ever; we look for original designs and judge all submissions based on their aesthetic, technical and practical merits. If accepted your design will join the ranks of typographical triumphs such as FF Meta, FF Scala, FF DIN, FF Ernestine, and FF Tisa.

From the well-known to the newly discovered, our designers come from all walks of life. Here are the stories and experiences of three different FontFont designers, who have recently released their typefaces through us.

A lengthy love affair | FF Spinoza

Max PhillipsMax Phillips, a New York–based art director, illustrator, toy designer, and novelist (of the award winning ‘Fade to Blonde’), released his first ever typeface as a FontFont. His first beautiful typeface FF Spinoza was developed over a period (on and off) of eleven years. An elegant workhorse, FF Spinoza is a classic text family with individual character to hold its own in display sizes.

We asked Max what it was like to become a FontFont Designer:

‘Basically, I was asked to join a club whose members include Kris Sowersby, Tobias Frere-Jones, Akira Kobayashi, Jean-François Porchez, LeTeRror, Hannes von Döhren, Martin Majoor, Nick Shinn, Jeremy Tankard… the list goes on. And, of course, Neville Brody and Erik Spiekermann. It was the greatest honor of my professional life.’

When describing what it was like to work with FontFont, he said,

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‘FontFont took tremendous pains with the work. When Andreas Frohloff returned his first edits on Spinoza, I was a bit dazed.  He’d altered almost every glyph in every font.  In some cases he'd clearly improved things.  In some cases I felt that he was correcting real problems, but that I wanted to correct them in my own way. Andreas was there to help. And that's the way things went. FontFont put a lot of work into Spinoza, but they left the final design decisions to me, even though I was a first-timer and they're the world's foremost independent foundry.’

Joining forces | FF Basic Gothic

Hannes von DöhrenIn contrast to Max, Hannes von Döhren has been designing typefaces for a number of years and set up his own foundry HVD Fonts in 2008. He became well known for his highly successful releases such as Brandon Grotesque, Brevia, Livory, ITC Chino, and Reklame Script. 

In 2010, working with Livius Dietzel, he joined forces with FontFont to release FF Basic Gothic.

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‘On the one hand type design is all about creativity, optical decisions – the visual, but on the other hand there is a lot of engineering behind a font. Therein, I believe, lies the strength of FontFont. There are many type designers who would prefer to concentrate on the visual. FontFont takes over the visual and technical quality testing of font production and with that guarantees an high level of quality for their fonts.’

Fulfilling a FontFont dream | FF Ernestine

Nina StössingerNina Stössinger was also one of our designers who released her first ever commercial typeface design, FF Ernestine, through us. Having studied Multimedia Design and later Type Design, Nina set up her studio in Basel in 2008. Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monoline text typeface; it's warm with a serious overtone, feminine with an underlying rigid assurance, above all it is charmingly sturdy. She first drew the Roman as a study project at the postgraduate Type Design programme in Zurich, and the Italic in dialogue with Hrant Papazian’s Armenian design.

When asked about what it was like working with FontFont she said:

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‘To be honest, I have for a long time dreamed of one day not only designing a typeface, but releasing it through FontFont! Ambitious dreams – and I’m still amazed that they have actually come true. I am both proud and humbled to be part of this great library which in my perception sits right at the crossroads of relevance and innovation, utmost professionalism and agile freshness, trustworthiness and openness to experiment.’

Now it’s your turn …  

With the next TypeBoard happening on May 21, you still have time to submit your designs.

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New release: FF54

BERLIN, GERMANY, December 2010 – FSI FontShop International announced the latest additions to its award-winning FontFont® typeface library.

The new FontFonts

FF Basic Gothic

FF Basic Gothic — Due to its popularity online, Verdana has effectively become the basic sans serif. Yet in print it tends to looks too heavy and a little unwieldy. As a response to this FontFont releases FF Basic Gothic. Influenced by the early sans serif typefaces of the 19th century and developed for today’s highest standards, it is a sans serif optimized for maximum legibility. With its functional, basic look, it is willful but pleasant at the same time. Inspired by the unique letter forms of Gill Sans and Antique Olive, designers Hannes von Döhren and Livius Dietzel searched for exceptional yet legible proportions. At the same time, the letters are stripped down to their basic forms, with precise curves and straight lines, making FF Basic Gothic extremely versatile for a multitude of applications.

Their extended weight range makes it interesting for corporate designers; TYPO Berlin 2011 already trusts on FF Basic Gothic (as well as on FF Scala). The type family performs especially well in small sizes, both in print and on the screen – thanks to the hinting experts of the FontFont Type Department.

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