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TDC Awards: FF Franziska microsite wins! Get 20% off.

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We are over the moon to announce that the microsite for FF Franziska (www.fffranziska.com) has been recognised in the annual Type Directors Club (TDC) competition. The TDC is a leading international organisation, whose mission it is to promote and foster support for excellence in typography. 

Designed by Jakob Runge, FF Franziska started life a master thesis at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (Germany) under the guidance of Albert-Jan Pool and Prof. André Heers in 2012. A robust serif type family, it is great for setting body copy as well as headlines using Hairline and Black.

In celebration of this prestigious accolade, we are delighted to offer 20% off any weight or package from the FF Franziska family. Claim your discount now.*

*Please note, this discount is valid for one month only and applies only to the FF Franziska family.

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FF Franziska wins again

FF Franziska Joseph Binder AwardThere has been a flurry of award wins for FF Franziska recently including the Communication Arts award, an ISTD Certificate of Excellence and now the latest addition to join the trophy cabinet for Jakob Runge’s hybrid of a slab and serif is the Joseph Binder Award.

Founded in 1996, the international competition centres on illustration and graphic design and is named after one of Austria’s most pre-eminent graphic designers, Joseph Binder, who was prolific during the first half of the 20th century.

The awards ceremony took place in Vienna’s MuseumQuartier a couple of weeks ago and FF Franziska was awarded the Gold Prize in the Type Design category. There was a record number of entries this year with over 690 submissions from 29 countries (over twice the number of entrants compared to the previous competition). In total 36 trophies were awarded and a further 43 projects received a recognition.

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FF Franziska Specimen Poster

Our latest specimen further demonstrates the strengths of the increasingly popular typeface FF Franziska.  Designed by our in-house designer Alexander Roth, the two sided poster offers a complete overview of the family’s styles on one side and a piece of artwork on the other. 

The overview includes: A big sample word, a character set extract (both are identical throughout all styles, so you can compare them between each other), an extract of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travel as sample copy in 12 and 14pt, plus an overview of the symbols that are included in FF Franziska (line thickness of the symbols correspond to the weight of the style).

As one of the most characteristic letters in any typeface, especially in FF Franziska, ‘g’ was the perfect choice of letter to act as the inspiration for the poster artwork.

We will be offering a few lucky font fans the chance to get their hands on one of these in our next FontFont Newsletter. If you haven’t subscribed to it yet you can do so via this link!

 

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Above: The colors correspond to the colors of the 'g’ rendered on a screen in 10pt.

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About FF Franziska

Started as a master thesis at Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel (Germany) under the guidance of Albert-Jan Pool and Prof. André Heers in 2012,  Jakob Runge created FF Franziska a robust serif type family for setting body copy as well as headlines using Hairline and Black. The typeface has been conceived as a hybrid of a serif and slab serif which becomes evident when comparing the weights from Hairline to Black. It has a generous x-height and short descenders. The italics have a rather slight angle of slope and playful shapes derived from handwriting. A range of icons including various arrows and signs like thumb up and down complement the usual figure sets, small caps and stylistic alternates.

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Introducing the FF Franziska Microsite

Today marks the launch of the new FF Franziska microsite, a site dedicated to Jakob Runge’s FF Franziska which we released back in June.

With a great selection of impressive in-use cases and an insight into the inspiration and making-of process behind the typeface, it really is the go-to place for all you need to know about our latest family. 

FF Franziska Microsite

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FF Franziska In-Use: Rhizom Magazine

Rhizom is a student magazine project from the Department of Design at FH Münster and is a perfect example of Jakob Runge’s FF Franziska in action. Throughout the project several of the widths available within the family are put into use, contributing towards the clear design layout and flow of the magazine.

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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.

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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.

FF Netto Icons UI

 

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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FF Franziska In-Use: Early Specimen

FF Franziska designer Jakob Runge put together an impressive type specimen booklet and poster as shown in the pictures below. The specimen goes a long way to show the versitility and usability of Franziska before its development work by the FontFont Type Department.

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FF67 New Release: FF Franziska

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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 ZEITmagazine and the Swiss printed Bündner Tagblatt among several other publications.

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Arrows, geometric shapes and dingbats

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Early Specimen

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