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FF Bauer Grotesk in action

FF Bauer Grotesk

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FF Bauer Grotesk is a revival of the metal type Friedrich Bauer Grotesk, released between 1933 and 1934 by the foundry Trennert & Sohn in Hamburg Altona, Germany. The geometric construction of the typeface, infused with the Art Déco zeitgeist of that era, is closely related to famous German designs such as Futura, Erbar, Kabel and Super Grotesk that debuted a few years earlier. However, Bauer Grotesk stands out for not being so dogmatic with the geometry, lending the design a warmer, more homogenous feeling. The oval ‘O’ is a good example of this approach, as are characteristic shapes like the capital ‘M’ or the unconventional varying stroke endings on the ‘c’ and ‘s’ which give them a less constructed look.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

Thomas Ackermann and Felix Bonge equipped FF Bauer Grotesk with a large variety of alternate characters in the upright and italic weights respectively, e.g. a lower case ‘e’ with two different stroke endings, ‘t’ with a straight and a round terminal. It also comes with playful umlauts such as the dots in the bowl of the ‘Ü’. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk

All fonts come in eight astonishing sets of figures, including playful numerals in square or circular outlines—both positive and negative. All these sets have alternative shapes for figures ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘4’ and ‘7’. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk

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FF Bauer Grotesk

A selection of shapes, arrows and even hands (with little sleeves) round off the font. What’s more, note the selection of “Hanseatic features”: an umbrella, an anchor and the coat of arms of the city of Altona.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

True to the historic examples of Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk and Genzsch-Grotesk, FF Bauer Grotesk is equipped with both pointing and flat climaxes in ‘A’, ‘M’, ‘N’, ‘V’, and ‘W’.

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FF Bauer Grotesk

While ‘G’ and ‘R’ feature a high “art-deco-waist” in Friedrich-Bauer-Grotesk, they have been digitized in that historic model as well as in more contemporary shapes. ‘Q’ also comes in its original appearance as well as in two new alternative forms. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk

FF Bauer Grotesk features all ligatures in demand. Of course some of them have different sets of stroke endings. Unfortunately the ‘fff’-ligature cannot be used in German words such as Sauerstoffflasche or Schifffahrt—that would be considered a typo. 

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FF Bauer Grotesk Light

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FF Bauer Grotesk

FF Bauer Grotesk Light Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Regular

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FF Bauer Grotesk Regular Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Book

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FF Bauer Grotesk Book Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Medium

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FF Bauer Grotesk Medium Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Demi Bold

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FF Bauer Grotesk Demi Bold Italic

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FF Bauer Grotesk Bold

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FF Bauer Grotesk Bold Italic

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“Standing at the bottom of Mount Everest wearing a swimsuit.”

At TYPO Berlin 2012, Nina Stössinger, designer of FF Ernestine gave a talk on the ‘Importance of Being Ernestine’.

In her highly humorous and regaling tale, she talks about her ‘tricky trip into the depths of detail’ as she set out on her journey to become a type designer.

Watch the talk in full screen on Vimeo or YouTube and find out more about FF Ernestine.

Thanks to TYPO for sharing this video with us.

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FF Scuba dancing to a different beat

If music be the food of love, play on. If type is what voice is to speech, speak louder. Here at FontFont, we are driven by our love for type and powered by a passion for music.

Inspired by the friendly and distinctive character of FF Scuba by Felix Braden and the newest EP from the rising star Tourist; we wanted to combine both passions and explore a different way of ‘showing’ type. We are delighted to share with our video for FF Scuba.

About FF Scuba

Searching for an offline companion for Verdana and not finding the exact tone he was looking for, designer Felix Braden set off to develop FF Scuba.

It’s a legible contemporary sans with a frank, friendly, distinctive character. In small sizes FF Scuba blends well and in display sizes it rings fresh and original. It combines constructed letters — like an almost rectangular o — with dynamic strokes and other elements that refer to handwriting, lending a lively touch to the font’s truly technical roots.

For a limited time, FF Scuba Regular OT and Web are available for free download.

About Tourist

Will Phillips a.k.a Tourist announced his debut 7" and digital EP release on Make Mine in March 2012. Will has made a name for himself with his remixes under the name Little Loud and his mixes over the past 18 months for artists such as Ariel Pink, HEALTH, Yeasayer, and Memory Tapes were regular fixtures on many a music blog. Under his new moniker, Will loves to use analogue tapes and field recordings to create a melodic sound that really resonates when listened to alone or on the dance floor.

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Swashin’ around with FF Nexus

When Martin Majoor designed FF Scala and FF Scala Sans between 1988 and 1994, the idea behind this was to design a serif, humanistic typeface from which a sans serif version would be derived. Martin called it: Two typefaces, one form principle. Ten years later, he expanded his idea of two typefaces, one form principle into four typefaces, one form principle, creating a new superfamily as a result. FF Nexus, today one of the most popular typefaces in the FontFont Library, borrows some of its structure from FF Scala, but adds the slab-like FF Nexus Mix and the monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter to the set.

FF Nexus and FF Scala

And as if FF Nexus itself wasn’t amazing enough, designer Martin Majoor made one of the styles stand out even more; FF Nexus Serif Italic comes with two additional swash alphabets:

Recently, while working on the Web FontFonts of FF Nexus, we decided to revisit the OpenType features of the OT versions as well. So our Type Department worked closely with Martin Majoor to achieve the optimum result from the revision.

“The happiest period in my type design life was when I worked on FF Nexus Serif Italic Swash. I found out that it is impossible to create one ideal series of swash capitals, so I decided to make two.”

“Even though my first typeface, FF Scala, is still more popular, FF Nexus is, in my opinion, the best typeface I have created so far. With FF Nexus Mix, I introduced a third family member in my type design philosophy, and I am happy that this slab version is not a stand-alone typeface; it feels best when accompanied by serif and sans.” says Martin Majoor.

A combination of the OpenType features Discretionary Ligatures and Contextual Swashes

FF Nexus Serif Italic: A combination of the OpenType features Discretionary Ligatures and Contextual Swashes.

It was a great challenge to translate Martin’s ideas into a well-performing OpenType font, but no matter if you prefer activating features or choosing from the glyph palette, in the end you'll see that we achieved maximum flexibility. This screencast shows you how it works:

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Shift

To interpret this year’s TYPO Berlin conference motto, SHIFT: We’ve created four short videos showing FF Cocon, FF Info, FF Tisa, FF DIN Round and FF Kava – shifting, of course …

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FontShop’s FontCasts featuring seven FontFont designers

FontFont represents some of the most talented and interesting type designers in the world. And for most of the year, that’s where they are: scattered all over the globe. In celebration of FontShop’s 20th Anniversary, FSI’s Ivo Gabrowitsch took the opportunity of a rare gathering this spring to talk with seven FontFont designers and get their take on their personal history in type design and what’s coming next. These conversations, peppered with insight about the creative process, are a rare look at the faces behind the typefaces.

The first of three FontCasts – published as part of FontShop’s FontCast series – from the day features Michael Abbink from New York City (FF Kievit, FF Milo) and Erik van Blokland from The Hague (FF Trixie, FF Erikrighthand, FF Beowolf).

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