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At Home With: Jörg Hemker

Once again we are in Hamburg, this time at the home of type designer and typography lecturer Jörg Hemker for the most recent instalment of our At Home With’ series.

Seen here in his stylish city apartment we get a real insight into Jörgs world and what makes him tick. Much like his two typefaces, FF Sero (one of our top selling font families) and FF Zwo, Jörgs apartment is contemporary, neat, constructivist and yet functionable. The use of strong colours compliment one another on a background of white simplicity, suggesting an ordered and yet well thoughtout playfulness to this modern living space.

See more on Behance and Flickr. Photography by Max Zerrahn.

At Home With Jörg Hemker 

At Home With Jörg Hemker


At Home With Jörg Hemker

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FontFonts by Jörg Hemker:





The FontFont year in 2013

In anticipation of the new year ahead we took a quick look back at the year that was.
Our 2013 went a little something like this:
Annual Report 2013

  • Five new staff members came onboard, reaching a combined total of 1271 years in life (and font) experience. 
  • 50% of us favored the humble bicycle as the preferred method of transport, and of the remaining few, 26% opted for public transport with the rest split evenly between foot and car.
  • We clocked up 50000+ work air-miles, traveling across three continents, exploring 12 cities. We shared, watched, listened and learnt a thousand things or two at 12 different conferences and our fonts now support up to 170 languages. 
  • We created three microsites and five print specimens with altogether 10 different pantone colours in total.
  • 580 tweets were typed and we hit the 26846 followers mark.
  • Four new designers joined the family, seven new typeface designs enriched our library, bringing our tally to 171 designers, 399 families and 2588 fonts in total.

To all our designers and friends, thank you for your creativity, support and mutual love for type.

2013 was a great year.

Here is to an even better one for 2014.

January 13th, 2014 Comments

FF Profile & FF Chartwell Annual Report Poster Giveaway

We love it when fonts compliment each other. Two of our favourites are FF Profile and FF Chartwell, who together create a great corporate combination, perfect for annual reports. 

In celebration of this fantastic pairing we have created a poster demonstrating the fonts in action!

To receive a copy of the poster simply be one of the first 20 people to send an email with the subject title ‘FF Profile and FF Chartwell’ to along with your name, occupation and delivery address in the body of the message.

The competition will close on 31st January 2014. Good luck!

FF Profile and FF Chartwell poster

FF Profile and FF Chartwell poster

FF Profile and FF Chartwell poster

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Featured Web FontFonts, January 2014

Erased Tapes - FF Netto Web


FF Netto Web

Based in London, Erased Tapes Records is an independent record label with a specific interest in releasing avant-garde music. With a roster of contemporary classical music composers, including musician of the moment Nils Frahm, Erased Tapes is a melting pot of brilliant innovative and imaginative musicians.

The use of Daniel Utz’s recently revamped FF Netto Web with its revised curves and connections aesthetically brings together this hub of music creativity.

PONS - FF Sero Web is the free online dictionary by Stuttgart based PONS Publishing. Dictionary users can consult 12 million words and phrases in 12 different languages including German, French and Spanish. Jörg Hemker’s FF Sero Web with its legibility of a humanist sans serif typeface, versatility and flexibility fits well within this international reaching site.

Umweltbundesamt - FF Marselis, FF Meta Web and FF Meta Serif Web


Umweltbundesamt (UBA) is Germany’s Federal Environmental Agency. Operating as the country’s main environmental protection agency, the UBA is responsible for providing German citizens with a healthy environment in which to live in. The use of FF Marselis and its humanistic forms for the UBA logo embodies the humanist interests of the agency perfectly. Whilst the use of one of the most popular typeface of the computer era, FF Meta Web and its newer counterpart, FF Meta Serif Web, create a reassuringly familiar yet fresh feel.

January 7th, 2014 Comments

Communication Arts Award for FF Dora

Seven days into 2014 and we’ve already received an award! 

We are excited to announce that FF Dora by Slávka Pauliková is listed as one of the best Typeface Designs of 2014 in the Communication Arts Typographic Annual 2014 

Showcasing the best in typography, the Communication Arts Typography Annual is judged by three typography experts:  Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich, Sibylle Hagmann and Erik Marinovich. 

Dora CA Award Showings

Originally drawn as a graduation project, FF Dora was designed by editorial and book designer Slávka Pauliková. It is a strong-willed type family consisting of five styles: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic and Display. Based on a detailed study of todays handwriting styles it focuses on transforming handwritten shapes into a serif text typeface.

As a major competition with around 1800 entrants, inclusion is one of the most-coveted awards in the typographic industry. Receiving recognition for one of our fonts in the 2014 Annual is a great way to start the year!

Previous FontFont winners of the Communication Arts Typographic Annual include:


Karbid Book Giveaway

Karbid Book Giveaway

To celebrate the recent release of the book Karbid: Berlin—From Lettering to Type Design, we have 15 copies to giveaway.

To win: send us a picture of a piece of lettering in your city that inspires you.

Email your photo to with your name, city, occupation, delivery address, and the subject title “Letters in my City”. The winners will be selected by Verena Gerlach.

Deadline extended!

Entries close 31st January 2014: 15 winners will receive a copy of the book and submissions will also be featured on our FontFont Flickr page. Winners will be announced on the news page.

Read more about the FF Karbid and the making of the book here.


At Home With: Achaz Reuss

We are in Hamburg and at home with type designer and creative director Achaz Reuss for the latest instalment of our ‘At Home With’ series. He is one design half (alongside Albert-Jan Pool) behind our bestseller FF DIN and is also responsible for one of our recent Über FontFontsFF QType.

In green-scape surrounds, this classic modernist home takes on a quiet elegance and understated design sensibility. The beauty is in the finer details and the arrangement of the space and everything within it. Much like his typefaces, it also encompasses a new kind of traditional – an effortless and royal modern kind.

See more on Behance and Flickr. Photography by Max Zerrahn.

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FontFonts by Achaz Reuss:

FF DIN (co-designed with Albert-Jan Pool)


FF QType

FF QType 




FontFonter replaced by WebFonter

What would The New York Times look like set in FF Dora? Or Kickstarter in FF Mark?

A few years ago, we in collaboration with Tim Ahrens and FontShop created FontFonter as the first free tool to allow anyone to try and preview webfonts on any website.

With the completely new and more flexible WebFonter, you can now try and test Web FontFonts together with the 15,000+ webfonts available from in any existing site. You can replace headline or body text, specific fonts, or, using custom CSS selectors, anything you want with a typeface of your choosing.

FontFonter becomes Webfonter

WebFonter can be used during the design and development process – a critical time for font choice. The target website does not need to be publicly accessible in order to test-drive webfonts. This hugely important feature marries well with the current web design trend towards designing directly in the browser.

Available for free as a Chrome extension, browser bookmarklet or by entering a URL directly at, this new tool will succeed FontFonter to make the web design process even better and as seamless as possible.


Drip. Splat. Pop. Quixo!

A small glimpse into the creative thinking behind FF Quixo via Frank Grießhammer’s  process book which was also part of his submission to our TypeBoard.

For more on the making of FF Quixo, check out our Behance page.
FF Quixo

FF Quixo

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November 27th, 2013 Comments

Featured Web FontFonts, November 2013

November’s roundup of our best Web FontFonts in-use features popular up-and-comer FF Mark alongside resident favorites FF Meta Serif, FF Scuba and FF Kievit.

Bench –  FF Mark & FF Meta Serif

Bench is a new kind of bookkeeper. Ideal for independent businesses, it is a standout in the market as it combines the service of task automation together with an actual accountant or bookkeeper. Simple, strong and contemporary, the versatility of FF Mark combined with the great FF Meta Serif is a terrific pairing for this smart, responsive and modern online business.

SAE IT-systems – FF Scuba

SAE it-systems

SAE IT-systems is one of the leading innovators in the field of substation automation, telecontrol and communal communication in infrastructure applications. Felix Braden’s FF Scuba, a distinctive, clean and flexible contemporary sans, is a fine fit for this community of specialists in energy management.

ADAC Postbus – FF Kievit

ADAC Postbus

Earlier this year German brand powerhouses ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V.) and Deutsche Post joined forces to establish ADAC Postbus. Coined as “the bus for Germany”, the ADAC Postbus site is set in Mike Abbink and Paul van der Laan’s contemporary and timeless FF Kievit which has recently been extended with a Slab version.