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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FF Max weights
FF Max Condensed
With the new condensed styles FF Max 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.
These are the latest additions (release 46) to the FontFont library:
New FontFonts and extensions
FF Chambers Sans OT by Verena Gerlach – Verena Gerlach’s experiment with oppositional styles resulted in this combination of static grotesque forms and the dynamic forms of a traditional antique typeface. The weights and italics are finely balanced so that it is especially suitable for setting books, but its frugal originality is also appropriate for use in large sizes like in poster design. The type family contains a range of alternate characters, small caps, ligatures, and (in the Regular weight) swashed initials, making it a versatile typographic tool.
FF Enzo OT 1 by Tobias Kvant – Inspired by a variety of styles, both past and present, FF Enzo is a lively multi-weight sans serif. Its extremely large x-height, and short ascenders and descenders make it a powerful headline face, ideal for magazines, posters and such, but it will work fine for body text as well. The family includes italics, tabular figures and four sets of small figures. FF Enzo is the first major typeface from Sweden’s Tobias Kvant, yet it demonstrates a great deal of understanding and skill. We expect to see more in the future from this fine young talent.
FF Max Pro 3 by Morten Olsen – It’s always been popular, but Morten Olsen’s FF Max is due for a major resurgence in today’s design landscape of square forms and rounded edges. The typeface is as fresh now as it was when it was released five years ago, and now it’s even more flexible thanks to two new weights at either end of the family: Extra Light and Fat.
FF Netto OT by Daniel Utz – With FF Netto, Daniel Utz has stripped letters of any historical detail, leaving them with the barest, clearest forms possible. This makes FF Netto ideal for wayfinding, where quick recognition is essential. A series of simple and useful icons and arrows add to its utility for information design, and intelligent borders let you group the pictograms using just a few keystrokes.
[ Link missing ] by Fred Smeijers – A new FF Quadraat Sans weight: Bold Italic
FF Trixie HD Pro Light by Erik van Blokland – Since its release in 1991, from “The X-Files” to “Atonement”, FF Trixie has served as the defacto typeface of mystery and intrigue. For years, it was the most convincing typewriter font available, but FontFont veteran Erik van Blokland was not satisfied. Early printing and operating systems could only handle so many points per font, so FF Trixie’s outlines weren’t as realistic as he wanted. Enter OpenType. Now that technology has caught up with his vision, Van Blokland has thrown everything he can at it. The new FF Trixie offers Rough variations that have more detail for use at larger sizes, yet keep the same overall shape as the originals. But the real advancement is found in FF Trixie HD, which contains seven alternates for each character, each with its own weight and texture. Just like typewritten forms, the letters dance on the baseline and reveal the effect of ink on the ribbon. Van Blokland didn’t stop there. Playing with OpenType’s ability to automatically substitute glyphs, he added a variety of clever effects such as more erratic baseline shifting, faux Greek and Cyrillic, and censor simulation. FF Trixie HD sets a new standard for detail and artificial intelligence. We can safely say no digital font comes closer to emulating a mechanical typewriter. The OT package contains all the features above. Go Pro for CE, Greek, and Cyrillic support.read more