FontFont Newsletter #02

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We’re delighted to bring you the second edition of our newsletter. A lot has happened over the past few months, including the release of FF Videtur – a contemporary translation of Axel Bertram’s original 80s screen typeface, the second and third editions of our podcast Talking Types and not forgetting our not-quite-an Annual Report.

This edition is packed full of treats including a look around the studio of one of our designers, a fabulous in-use feature, a chance to get your hands on a limited edition poster and a sneak preview of FF Dora, the newest addition coming soon to the FontFont family.

Happy Reading!
Our ‘At Work With’ series takes a peek behind the scenes of our FontFont designers at work. For the first in our series, we visited Ralph du Carrois who worked on the Cyrillic and Greek character sets for one of our most popular FontFonts, FF Meta Serif. Working alongside Botjo Nikoltchev, Ralph also contributed to the Extra Bold and Light weights of FF Meta Serif. Ralph’s studio Carrois Type Design is located very close to the Ostkreuz S-Bahn station in Berlin. A live/work arrangement set over three floors, his space is a visual treat with exposed concrete and a treasure trove of type treats. See the pictures of his studio taken by Max Zerrahn in full on Flickr or Behance.
The Raincoast Conservation Foundation recently used one of our typefaces for a fundraising project that they were working on to protect the countryside and waters of Canada’s Raincoast. Art for an Oil-Free Coast is a book that features artwork from over 50 artists, which depicts the landscape, wildlife, people and region that the Foundation have set out to protect. The book is set in FF Tundra, Ludwig Übele’s award-winning narrow serif typeface with stressed forms and soft contours.
Small Caps are not just simply smaller rescaled capital letters; they are in fact stand-alone characters that have been specially designed to ensure that they maintain the proportion and stroke weight of the typeface. They are essential for highlighting and are included in the majority of FontFonts, but how can you find them?

All you need is an OpenType-savvy program. If the Small Caps are included in the font then the small caps button will swap lower case letters with the correct small caps, and if the “OpenType > All Small Caps function” is turned on then capital letters and often numbers and punctuation will also be changed.

But be aware in InDesign® and Illustrator®: if the font doesn’t have small caps then regular capital letters will be automatically rescaled and these ‘false’ small caps are often hard to recognise. However, you can modify your settings so that any false small caps become immediately apparent .

With our Office FontFonts, small caps are available as separate fonts, as Office applications are not able to access them as OpenType features.
We were delighted to work with illustrator extraordinaire Laura Serra to create some limited edition posters. Featuring FF DIN, FF Tartine Script and FF Fontesque and a collection of our favorite quotes, Laura illustrated the quotes using our FontFonts as part of a series of beautiful posters. We have 50 posters to give away for free. If you’d like to be in for a chance to win one, just send an email to with your name and postal address. (The first 50 people to respond will receive all three posters.)
Are you the next FontFont Designer? Talking Types Win a ticket to TYPO Berlin!
Do you have a terrific typeface up your sleeve? We are always on the lookout for new typographical talent and with our next TypeBoard fast approaching the time to submit your typefaces for consideration is now. Find out more about the submission process and read about the stories of some of our designers, such as Travis Kochel. In our first newsletter last year, we launched a brand new podcast – Talking Types – where we step outside our typographic box and speak to designers, makers, disrupters, and interesting types from across the world to hear their stories and discuss design. Listen online to episode two featuring Kai Brach and to the latest edition with Peter Biľak. You can now also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Have you used a FontFont in a recent project? Would you like to win a ticket to TYPO Berlin? As proud sponsors, we have three tickets to give away to TYPO Berlin, all you have to do is share your work with us. Enter our competition now. Closing date 30 April.
If you have any comments about our newsletter or anything else FontFont related, please do get in touch with us.

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The photographs of Ralph du Carrois were taken by Max Zerrahn and the images of Art for an Oil-Free Coast were taken by Angelo Stitz. The following FontFonts were used:
FF Spinoza, FF Super Grotesk, FF Scala, FF Bokka Drawings, FF Tundra, FF Justlefthand, FF Marselis, FF Sero, FF Mister K, FF DIN, FF Trixie HD and FF Dora.

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