FontFont Newsletter #04

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There’s just a little under 3 weeks before it’s a wrap for 2013!

So much has happened since our last newsletter. We’ve welcomed new slabs (FF Kievit Slab), more language extensions (FF Mister K Regular/Informal, FF Tisa Sans, FF Profile), new classics (FF Mark), newcomers (FF Quixo) and not to mention the launch of the ffmark.com and ffkievit.com microsites.

In our fourth edition, we are ringing in the new year with a pack full of type punch. We spotlight a new book that is entirely dedicated to one of the most interesting typefaces in our library, uncover lost Gewone letters with a wonderful FF Dora in-use case, and round up with a book giveaway plus a few bits in between.

It’s been a fantastic year and we look forward to bringing you even more typographic goodness in 2014.

From all of us at FontFont — Season’s Greetings and happy reading!
The Berlin Wall came down in November 1989 and Verena Gerlach was there to witness it. Inspired by the city, the wall and an innate fascination with history and lettering, Verena strolled the streets and began to collect visual material of lettering remains from pre and post-war era Berlin. Painted letter shopfronts in Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, and beyond, became a growing and passionate interest, spanning over twenty years, eventuating in the creation of the typeface FF Karbid.

Launched in 1999, the original iteration of FF Karbid was published in three weights and one display version. Undergoing a complete redesign in 2011, it was released as FF Karbid Pro. An evolution of the original, the updated version is more harmonized and significantly extended to include ten basic styles, plus Text, Slab, Display versions.

We are excited that this energetic and spirited superfamily is now also the centerpiece for a book. Published by Paris based Ypsilon Éditeur in a trilingual (French, English and German) format, Karbid: Berlin—From Lettering to Type Design is a text and pictorial archive telling the complete story behind the typeface FF Karbid. The collection also pays homage to the history of German lettering and the letter paintings of Berlin.
In our latest Talking Types podcast, resident FontFeed master Yves Peters catches up with Verena Gerlach and Fritz Grögel, her friend, fellow countryman, historian and collaborator on the book project, to talk letterforms, Berlin and all things FF Karbid.
To celebrate the recent release of 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 news@fontfont.com with your name, city, occupation, delivery address, and the subject title “Letters in my City”. The winners will be selected by Verena Gerlach.

Entries close 3 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 fontfont.com news page.
A typographic rarity and unexpected find, 18 original and unpublished Gerrit Noordzij printing plates were uncovered a couple of years ago during a letterpress workshop cleanout at the KABK in The Hague. The result is a beautiful publication titled Gewone letters—Gerrit’s early models.

Designed by Geen Bitter, the book is a wonderful collection of sketches and material, together with five writings about the plates, Gerrit Noordzij and his contribution to the field of type and typography. Set in Slávka Pauliková’s FF Dora, it also contains contributions from former students Albert-Jan Pool, Frank E. Blokland, Aad van Dommelen, Huug Schipper and Petr van Blokland.

The first copy of the book was presented to Gerrit Noordzij in Amsterdam at ATypI 2013.
Many FontFonts, for instance FF Mark, contain sophisticated alternative glyphs inviting you to play around and change a text’s appearance. Usually you can find them in “Stylistic Sets” (OpenType layout features), which unfortunately, for InDesign, is neither easy to access nor easy to know what is contained in the set.
Glyph palette to the rescue! The glyph palette’s drop down menu lets you filter the font’s character set: Atop are Unicode categories and below features a list of the font’s OpenType features, including the “Stylistic Sets”. So you can just easily navigate through them before you elaborately activate them!
In the spirit of the festive season we have created a series of glyph model templates for you to print your own 3D glyph. The template files are 3D print ready and saved in *.STL format. Once the files are downloaded, you can send them to a 3D printer and the design will be printed layer by layer to form the real object.

Download the *.STL files for free on our FontFont Free Goodies page and read more about the 3D printing process here.
Webfonter replaces
our popular FontFonter
At Home with
Achaz Reuss
Are you the next FontFont
Designer?
What would The New York Times look like set in FF Dora? Or Kickstarter in FF Mark? With the completely new and more flexible WebFonter, you can now try and test Web FontFonts together with the 15,000+ webfonts available from FontShop.com in any existing site.
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 the designer behind FF QType and also contributed to Albert-Jan Pool’s typeface FF DIN.

Read more at FontFont news and see more on Behance or Flickr.
Our TypeBoard is in a few days!
Need a bit more motivation?
Here are 7 good reasons why you should be a FontFont designer. Submit your type design now to get it reviewed. The deadline for submissions is 16 December 2013.

For more information, check out our how to submit page or contact us directly.
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The photographs of Achaz Reuss were taken by Max Zerrahn. The following FontFonts were used:
FF Super Grotesk, FF Spinoza, FF Bokka Drawings, FF Scala Sans, FF Mark, FF Quixo and FF Clifford.

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