FontFont Newsletter #01

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Our founder Erik Spiekermann is often the subject of interviews, yet the tables were turned when he recently met up with Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir to interview them about their newest typeface FF ThreeSix. In our inaugural Talking Types podcast, they discuss bending the rules, geometric typefaces and the relationship between visual and transmitted language.
Erik Spiekermann is founder of MetaDesign, FontShop, FontFont and Edenspiekermann. An information architect, type designer and author; he has won many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the German Design Awards in 2011. Hamish Muir is art director of Outcast Editions, a new independent publishing company specializing in high quality, interactive digital books. He was one of the co-founders of 8vo and co-editor of the international journal of typography ‘Octavo’. Paul McNeil is a London-based graphic design consultant specialising in type, typography and information systems. He works in Postgraduate Graphic Design at the London College of Communication and is Course Leader of MA Contemporary Typographic Media.
We are delighted to send 50 readers a special edition FF ThreeSix poster (A1 and unfolded), free of charge. Just send an email to [email protected] with your name and mailing address. (The first 50 people to respond will receive a poster.)
Nearly two decades after its first release, Erik Spiekermann’s FF Meta family has grown to become one of our largest and most popular super families. Never the sort to rest on his laurels, Erik Spiekermann decided it was time to breathe new life into FF Meta Correspondence, the younger sister to FF Meta. We are delighted to bring you a new and improved FF Meta Correspondence. Simplified and robust forms aplenty, a whole host of arrows, icons and office dingbats and less contrast, the new FF Meta Correspondence is ideal for use as webfont or within the mobile environment.
Read about the changes in full.
The Hofstede design studio in Australia, run by Dominic Hofstede, is renowned for its methodical, rational and intelligent approach to design. Placing typography at the heart of what they do, we caught up with them recently to hear about their choice of FF Kievit and FF Info Pict for their Endeavor Hills Shopping Centre project.
Read all about the project.

Did you know that numbers come in two different formats?

  • Old Style Figures (OSF) for a mixed case setting
  • Lining figures (LF) for an all caps setting

Most FontFonts are optimized for use in body text and contain OSF as the default. So, how can you access LF? If you have text set in all caps, all you need to do is use an Open-Type enabled programme (e.g. InDesign or Illustrator), click on the All-Caps button and hey presto, your numbers are transformed into LF. Not only that, but in OpenType and Pro FontFonts, thanks to the nifty ‘Case-sensitive forms’ OpenType Feature the correct figure set is chosen and the punctuation is also automatically better aligned. Want to know more about numerals? Head to Ivo’s article on The FontFeed.

Akira Kobayashi’s FF Clifford Eighteen Italic

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The beautiful illustrations were made by Barbara Bernát and the following FontFonts were used:
FF Spinoza, FF Super Grotesk, FF ThreeSix, FF Meta Correspondence, FF Kievit, FF Chartwell, FF Mister K, FF Meta and FF Clifford Eighteen Italic.

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