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In January 2014 Brussels Airport revealed their new identity developed by Megaluna, the branding and design leg of multidisciplinary agency The Factory Brussels. In the last one-and-a-half years the appearance of the airport has been changing, gradually incorporating the new branding in the architecture as well as in the posters, displays and other visual supports. While the previous identity focused on the efficient and rational aspect of the airport, the new one stresses its human and convivial character. The team led by Creative Director Vincent Knecht developed a logo that translates these qualities. The red stylized ‘B’ which stands for both Brussels and Belgium can be interpreted in different ways – either as a bird in flight, symbol for the aviation sector and dynamism, or as a heart. This heart refers to the efforts made by the airport to put the customer at the heart of its activities, efforts which are echoed in the major renovations of the airport buildings and improvements in the infrastructure.
To emphasize this change in approach and attitude Megaluna selected FF Marselis as the new corporate typeface. Jan Maack’s idiosyncratic humanist sans serif – now part of a super family thanks to the addition of FF Marselis Slab – replaces the more corporate-like Corpid. Its warm, soft and curvy features are a radical departure from the neutral, matter-of-factly or more technical-looking alphabets usually found in airports. The typeface works very well from gigantic display sizes, where the curved diagonals and typical teardrop-shaped counters define its personality, down to the smallest body text. FF Marselis is used in the logo as well; Art Director Patrick Hannaert slightly customized the bottom of the ‘r’ and the top of the ‘i’ to better integrate the dot, while respecting the rounded shapes of the typeface.
The new identity of Brussels Airport is striking, and beautifully illustrates the versatility of FF Marselis. It also makes a strong case for corporate branding, specifically for such a large entity, to look less “corporate”. There are many more lesser-known and lesser-used gems in the FontFont library waiting to be (re)discovered.
Our latest release FF 63 not only contains a beautiful new Slab addition to the FF Marselis family but it also marks a new era in licensing for FontFont.
We want you to spend your time making sure the typeface is the perfect fit for your project. To make it as easy as pie to get the font you need, we’re launching a brand new license, App+.
Comprehensive, affordable and available online, it’s now really simple to license FontFonts for apps, games, editable PDFs and more.
Whether you want to use FF DIN in a mobile app, enhance a car interface with FF Meta or embed your PowerPoint presentation with FF Scala, with App+ you can. What’s more, you don’t need to buy a license for every app or device, the one App+ license will cover them all. So, using FontFonts just got even easier and frustration-free!
FF Marselis Slab is the newest addition to Jan Maack’s FF Marselis superfamily. With revised letterforms and rounded inner corners to make the serifs more subtle, the Slab version also has more closed counters, a slightly reduced horizontal thickness and uneven diagonals compared to the Sans. FF Marselis and FF Marselis Slab are highly practical typefaces apt for corporate identities and numerous other branding projects.
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Now, when you purchase any combination of OpenType, Office, or Web FontFont formats from the same typeface family. Make sure you have every format you need for all present and future projects and save money too!
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
Each FontFont release is newsworthy in its own right, but there is something especially momentous about this one: four brand new families, each one very different from the others; new styles for three of our most popular typefaces; and a dozen expertly crafted OpenType releases that breathe new life into FontFont classics.