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We came across this fantastic FF Good “In-Use” case by the Warsaw Museum and its recent branding overhaul. The stylish and tasteful rebrand saw a full update of all marketing material, stationary and advertisements.
As a sans serif family in the American Gothic tradition FF Good has something of an old heritage whilst maintaining a new and modern feel. This helps the typeface to effectively convey the sense of the history held by the museum, whilst keeping its image firmly in the 21st century.permalink
We love any opportunity to be able to share our top tips and tools with you, because we know our own lives would be much harder if it wasn’t for the variety of Open Source tools we use in our font production workflow.
Which is why we’ve set up our own Github account where we will share tools from time to time to make your life easier.
The first thing we have to share with you is RoboChrome, an extension for the RoboFont editor, which enables font developers to add colour information to their UFO files and export it to the new colour font formats. A fantastic tool, we put it to good use when building our free FF Copa flag font that was released for the World Cup back in June.
Published under an Open Source licence, you can get your own copy of RoboChrome via our GitHub account: https://github.com/fontfont/RoboChrome
From the images of Lukas in his home it is clear to see how his lifestyle transcends into his type design. Contemporary, creative and clear are descriptions that can be applied to both Schneider’s typeface and home, showing that in this case life truly reflects art!
Photography by Max Zerrahn.permalink
For the latest in our Über FontFont series we celebrate the rather delightful FF Kava! This soft sans serif family is a revised version of Yanone Kaffeesatz, a typeface which became one of the most successful free fonts since Yanone released it about ten years ago.
Originally reminiscent of the old coffee house grotesk typefaces from the 1920s when shown in its heavier weights, the current FF Kava has become a more rounded version of the old Yanone Kaffeesatz. This contemporary family has a black weight, small caps and italics all designed to enhance its versatility thus resulting in an attractive, flexible and modern typeface perfect for our Über FontFont collection.
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.permalink
Today is a groundbreaking day in our history, in fact the most important one since Erik Spiekermann and Neville Brody have started the FontFont library back in 1990. The US typeface company Monotype announced that they have acquired FontShop and us, the FontFont library.permalink
FF Mark — “Ze Germanetric sans” has most recently been used in this beautiful reprint, by Przemek Dębowski and printed by Polish publishing house Karakter, of a collection of essays by the founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius. Gropius’ “The Scope of Total Architecture” was originally written at a the time of an industrial boom during the early 20th Century, a time that bears a lot of influence on FF Mark — an up-to-date typeface rooted in 1920s German geometry. As a family that maintains the integrity of tradition but in a contemporary context, FF Mark is the ideal type partner to this collection of essays that are is still considered to be applicable to modern architecture today.
For these images and more head to the FontFont Behance page.
About FF Mark
FF Mark is a self-initiated collaboration between Hannes von Döhren, FontFont’s very own Christoph Koeberlin, and the entire FontFont Type Department. With the creative support/input of no less than Erik Spiekermann, they designed this distinctive typeface. FF Mark is strong, simple and bold in form and at a glance may appear to be typical of its predecessors from the time. On closer inspection, letter shapes are wider, letter proportions are better balanced and the x-height is uncharacteristically “normal” or higher, which increases its versatility tremendously.permalink
Newsweek, founded in 1933, is the second-largest news weekly magazine in American. Its print edition is available in the U.S., Pakistan, Europe, Middle East and Africa. It is also available in languages including Japanese, Polish, in Korean and Spanish.
Running throughout the Newsweek FF Clan, an extensive family from Warsaw based designer Łukasz Dziedzic, is one of FontFont's most popular typefaces. A fresh take on the contemporary sans model its seven weights in six widths combined with Dziedzic’s design experience makes FF Clan the ideal typeface for magazines such as Newsweek. As a publication reliant on keeping the attention of its audience, the distinct personality and weight spectrum of FF Clan is effective in engaging Newsweek readers whilst remaining truly legible throughout.
For these images and more head to the FontFont Behance page.permalink
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.permalink
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.