FontFont Newsletter #03
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|We can’t quite believe that we’re already halfway through the year! In the third edition of our newsletter, we feature a big announcement about our brand new license, explore Berlin via a gorgeous in-use case of FF Good and FF More and you have the chance to get your hands on a set of FF Transit Pict Stickers.
|At FontFont, we want you to spend your time making sure the typeface is the perfect fit for your project. To make it as easy as pie to get the font you need, we’re launching a brand new license.
Introducing App+ — comprehensive, affordable and available online, it’s now really simple to license FontFonts for apps, games, eBooks, editable PDFs and more.
Whether you want to use a FF DIN in a mobile app, embed FF Scala in a PowerPoint presentation or enhance a car interface with FF Meta, with the App+ license you can. What’s more, you don’t need to buy a license for every app or device, the one App+ license will cover them all. You just need to add an App+ license at the end of your buying process. Using FontFonts just got even easier and frustration-free!
|The newly updated and revamped FF Transit Pict is a collection of 280 signage icons and is part of the FF Transit family — a highly legible typeface that works well for readers who need quick orientation while en route. FF Transit Pict is one of the very first fonts to support the new Unicode block ‘Transport and Map Symbols’.
It also makes designers’ workflow easier. FF Transit Pict includes over 70 of the most common symbols found in airport and train station navigation systems. Now it is possible to input an icon for ‘High-Speed Train With Bullet Nose’, ‘Oncoming Police Car’, or even ‘Aerial Tramway’ and know that this symbol will never automatically change into something else. The same applies for icons and characters like for instance a Restroom or even a number or a letter, as is often the case with symbol fonts whose pictograms are simply mapped to a keyboard and not properly encoded.
FF Transit was originally developed by MetaDesign in Berlin for use in the Berlin public transportation network (BVG) as well as for the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany. Although FF Transit Pict harmonizes with the letterforms in the FF Transit fonts, its icons are also compatible with many other sans serif typefaces.
|Łukasz Dziedzic’s powerhouse superfamilies, FF Good and FF More, feature throughout a brand new guidebook about Berlin, which focuses heavily on the design side of the city. The Berlin Design Guide book is pocket-sized yet bursting at the seams with fascinating information about Berlin. Published by Alphabet Press in Berlin and created as a ‘primer to sharpen one’s senses and understanding’ of the city, it is a practical handbook for anyone who wants to get to know all about Berlin’s inspiring spaces and hidden design gems. Explore references to cultural landmarks and design highlights alongside interviews and portraits of some of the locals.
Made especially to complement each other, FF Good and FF More work as a perfect pair in any publishing project; both families offer a huge palette of fonts to play with and include a Cyrillic character set.
|Sometimes OpenType Features can be hidden away where you’d least expect to find them. Thanks to the Localized Forms feature, the program (eg. InDesign) will detect language specific quotation marks and enable the font to adjust other language specific characteristics of the chosen language. If you adjust the language of a paragraph, language specific characteristics such as letter and accent forms will update automatically.
Localized Forms can be used for:
➤ language-specific letters and accent forms (e.g. Russian, Romanian and Bulgarian ➊)
➤ language-specific behavior (e.g. Turkish: the i-dot must stay on small caps ➋)
➤ correcting language-specific compromises (e.g. The middle dot between the two l’s is replaced by a ligature ➌)
Simply change the language of the paragraph e.g. in InDesign, Illustrator or PhotoShop CS4+.
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|This issue is proudly brought to you by:
FF Fontesque Sans, FF Spinoza, FF Signa Serif Stencil, FF Super Grotesk, FF Scala Sans, FF Bokka Drawings, FF Justlefthand, FF Dingbats 2.0, FF Mister K, FF Transit, FF Transit Pict, FF More, FF Sero, FF Unit Rounded, FF Fontesque, FF Erikrighthand and the soon to be revealed — New ‘Germanetric’ Sans.