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New FontFont fonts - 18 June 2001

A monster batch of new FontFont fonts have just been released. The fonts are available from



For immediate release June 13, 2001

FSI FontShop International releases new FontFonts™
A range of text faces, display faces and scripts proliferate in the recent FontFont release from FSI FontShop International.

FF DIN Italic™
FF DIN Condensed™
The ubiquitous FF DIN family has been without italics long enough. Albert Jan-Pool just added them. The stimulus for a narrow version of FF DIN came from Factor Design in Hamburg when they made C&A InfoType, a modified version of FF DIN for client C&A. The need for a condensed version became recognized, so Olaf Stein and Uwe Melichar from Factor Design with Albert-Jan Pool created two new weights. Pool then developed FF DIN Condensed in five weights to harmonize with his original FF DIN family.
Dutch designer Albert-Jan Pool heads Dutch Design, located in Hamburg.

FF Kievit™
Michael Abbink began work on FF Kievit in 1995 as part of a school project and finished it several years later for a corporate client of San Francisco design firm Method, Inc. The openness of the characters makes it an ideal typeface for use in small print. The clarity of classic sans serif faces (like Frutiger and Univers) and the humanistic characteristics of old styles (such as Garamond and Granjon) were the inspiration for this contemporary design that is equally at home in a headline or a body of text. The FF Kievit family includes six weights, true italics, oldstyle figures and small caps.
Mike Abbink, who had worked at Meta Design San Francisco, is co-founder of Method, Inc., a San Francisco-based company specializing in communication strategy, interaction and graphic design. He lives in San Francisco and continues to design typefaces.

FF Prater™
FF Prater was designed with the spontaneity of loose illustration. Designers Henning Wagenbreth and Steffen Sauerteig have recreated the irregularities of handwriting through variation in stroke width and angle, as well as letter spacing. In order to create a convincing handwritten effect, the designers made two versions of every character.
Henning Wagenbreth works as a freelance graphic designer and is a professor of visual communication at the Berliner Hochschule der Künste. Steffen Sauerteig lives in Berlin where he has his design bureau. His fonts published to date include FF Jigger™, FF Readout™, FF Typestar™, and FF Peecol™.

FF Ropsen Script™
In Prenzlauer Berg, a section of former East Berlin and home to type designer Jürgen Brinckmann, is a street named for the American singer Paul Robeson. The local population pronounce it "ropsen," and Brinckmann thought it a fine name for a friendly typeface.
FF Ropsen Script was created from various handwriting samples, and early versions were used in dialogue boxes of schoolbooks Brinckmann designed. Over several months the typeface was refined until an ideal was reached: the traits of handwritten characters in the framework of a versatile text face that works as well in a headline as in a block of text.
Jürgen Brinckmann is a German type designer.

FF Seria™
FF Seria Sans™
Book designer Martin Majoor wanted to supplement his FF Scala™ type family because the short ascenders and descenders seemed inappropriate for literature and poetry text. So he created FF Seria with extremely long ascenders and descenders and very fine detailing. Inspired by the design combination of FF Scala and FF Scala Sans, Majoor added a sans version to FF Seria, also with long ascenders and descenders.
A penultimate type designer, Majoor teaches typography and type design in Arnhem and Brida, and regularly publishes articles for Dutch design magazines. He lives in Arnhem and Warsaw.

FF Eureka Mono™
FF Eureka Sans Condensed™
Peter Bilak has created a monospaced version of his FF Eureka. Those familiar with his contribution to the magazine dot dot dot (...) will no doubt recognize this soon-to-be-everywhere face. He has also created condensed versions of his popular FF Eureka Sans family.
Peter Bilak was born in 1973 in Slovakia and currently lives in the Netherlands. In the past he studied design and worked in Czechoslovakia, England, the U.S., and France. He is the author of two books, Illegibility and Transparency, and is the founder of the Jan van Eyck Akademie football team. He is also the creator of a number of other FontFonts: FF Craft™, FF Atlanta™, FF Masterpiece™ and FF Orbital™.

FF City Street Type™
For decades two different signage systems divided East and West Berlin. The West used a sans serif dating back to the 1930s, while the East preferred a more technically drawn face from the 1950s.
Ole Schäfer and Verena Gerlach based their new type designs on the actual street signs, resulting in two versions for the East and a single version for the West. The FontFont character set also includes many characters that would never be found on street signage, so Schäfer and Gerlach designed the missing letters, punctuation and symbols. They also designed special headline fonts for both East and West available in three weights.
Ole Schäfer has worked as typographer and type designer at MetaDesign in Berlin. He also expanded and redesigned Erik Spiekermann's top-selling FontFonts FF Meta™ and FF Info™ as well as the recently reworked ITC Officina®. He currently works as a type designer in Berlin.
Verena Gerlach has been digitizing type since 1996 and has previously published LT Pide Nashi, EF Aranea and FF Karbid™. For this most recent type endeavor Gerlach researched the signage, did the initial digitizing, and designed the FF City Street Type East headline fonts.

FF Fago Office Sans™
FF Fago Office Serif™
Ole Schäfer designed these additions to the FF Fago family with office correspondence in mind. Both offer four weights (Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic) plus expert sets, alternative numbers, and a variety of dingbats and ligatures. The serif version is well-suited to long text, and both versions work well in headlines and offer sufficient contrast for emphasizing words in text.
For information about Ole Schäfer see FF City Street Type™ (above).

FF Zine™
The starting point for FF Zine was a single headline font made for the German newspaper Sächsische Zeitung. For FF Zine, Ole Schäfer redrew the face, adjusting letterforms and adding weights. He also addressed something that has long been a problem in newspaper and magazine design: finding sans and serif faces that work well together as headline fonts. His solution was to draw them all right from the start: serif, sans serif and slab serif. As display fonts, the FF Zine types are best suited to headlines, sublines, titles, etc.
For information about Ole Schäfer see FF City Street Type™ (above).

FF Govan™
Ole Schäfer and Erik Spiekermann's new co-production is based on the acclaimed type concept developed for Glasgow 1999 City of Architecture and Design. The Glasgow fonts were reworked by Schäfer and extended to include three widths each of six variations with dingbats. The strength of the family lies in the innovative manner in which the three widths, two descender lengths and dingbats can be combined. The results are striking and offer a unique way to create emphasis in a sentence or within a single word. The expert sets also include a large selection of ligatures that represent the most common letter combinations in English, German and French. With FF Govan, type-setting can become type-sculpting.
For information about Ole Schäfer see FF City Street Type™ (above).
Erik Spiekermann is an internationally renowned graphic designer and typographer. Founder and former head of Berlin's biggest design agency, MetaDesign, he is also a founding member of FSI FontShop International. He is one of Germany's leading authorities on typography, and, in addition to being a member of FSI's international Type Board, he collaborated on the publication of FontBook, the world's most comprehensive reference book on digital typefaces. He has written several books on graphic design, and lectures on design and typography frequently. His typeface designs include ITC Officina® Sans, ITC Officina Serif, Berthold Block®, Berliner Grotesk™ and FF Meta™.

FF Info Text™ (update)
FF Info Display™ (update)
Erik Spiekermann and Ole Schäfer have revisited the FF Info Text and FF Info Display families. To both Schäfer has added new italic designs and updated the original weights to harmonize with them. The new families also have Adobe Standard encoding and integrated Euro symbols. There are now two sets of figures (proportional and monospaced), as well as expert sets with arrows, math symbols and fractions.
For information about Erik Spiekermann see FF Govan™ (above).
For information about Ole Schäfer see FF City Street Type™ (above).

FF Rattle Script™
FF Rattle Script was inspired by Mårten Thavenius's trip to Death Valley where he was struck by the similarity of marks made in the sand by a sidewinder to the flow of handwriting. FF Rattle Script's open and friendly appearance makes it highly suitable for an informal context where other handwritten faces may be less readable. The family is made up of four weights, each available in six styles.
Thavenius worked as an Internet designer specializing in integrating graphic design with information architecture, as well as optimizing screen typography. FF Rattle Script is his first type design.

FF Motter Festival™
Othmar Motter's FF Motter Festival was born of the desire to forge an alliance of a universally legible serif face with the rhythm and elegance of a gothic. The result is a striking design with a particular interchange of pointed and rounded endings. The lighter-than-normal connection between vertical and horizontal elements results in more openness than normally found in a condensed design. FF Motter Festival comes in three weights: Light, Book and Bold.
Othmar Motter is the founder of the Vorarlberger Graphik studio at Hard am Bodensee (Lake Constance, Austria). He is also the designer of the typefaces Motter Femina and Ombra.

FF Manga™
Donald Beekman got the idea for FF Manga Steel and FF Manga Stone while reading the book Sun and Steel by Yukio Mishima. The two headline faces are constructed with elements from Japanese script and work equally well set horizontally or vertically.
Donald Beekman is a graphic and audio-visual designer as well as a composer, producer and musician. Working in Amsterdam, he designs logos, record and cd sleeves, flyers, posters, magazines and packaging, as well as producing television shows.

FF Noni™
Donald Beekman's vacation to Thailand served as inspiration for the FF Noni family: a combination of Thai aesthetic and techno methodology. Beekman also created alternative characters with longer tails and pointier serifs resulting in FF Noni Too, which works alone or with FF Noni Wan.
For information about Donald Beekman see FF Manga™ (above).

FF Imperial™
FF Imperial Spike was originally developed as a logo for Imperial Recordings, a Dutch techno/trance record label. The proposed logo embodied a "sword and sorcery" sensibility. Beekman recognized merit in the lettering, and decided to develop it as a complete typeface.
For information about Donald Beekman see FF Manga™ (above).

FF Signa™
FF Signa Italic™
FF Signa Condensed™
Ole S√łndergaard's contemporary sans serif family in two widths and four weights was originally designed for the Danish Design Center for use in its print, exhibitions, and signage.
Ole S√łndergaard is a graphic designer and lettering artist who teaches at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen.

FF Ottofont™
Barbara Klunder describes her FF Ottofont design as "an urban, handmade font with some 'grit.' The dingbats reflect what we might need in the near future in our publications: images of cells, biology, rats, death, but also images of hope - leaves, babies, food, music."
Barbara Klunder is a Canadian award-winning illustrator and graphic designer.

FF Bodoni Classic Text™
Gert Wiescher has added text versions to his FF Bodoni Classic family in Light, Roman, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic weights.
Gert Wiescher began his graphic career as a street artist in Paris. Events in his life brought him, via Barcelona and Johannesburg, to his current home in Munich. He heads his own studio and has published several books on design and typography.

FF Call™
For work in cell phone advertising, FF Call designers Astrid Scheuerhorst, Stefan Kisters and Maik Ignaszak were in need of display type matching cellular phone displays of Nokia, Motorola, Siemens, and others. As these fonts weren't commercially available, they decided to make their own. The result is FF Call, a package of over 70 fonts corresponding to a dozen brands of cellular phones. Each design comes in three versions: Regular, Italic and Negative, plus Expert Sets.
Astrid Scheuerhorst works for an advertising firm. FF Call is her first type design. Stefan Kisters also works in advertising as an art director and illustrator. Freelance designer Maik Ignaszak works on screen design and Web programming. All three live in Hamburg, Germany.

FF Quadraat Headliner™
FF Quadraat Sans Monospaced™
Fred Smeijers continues to add to his popular FF Quadraat family. With its enormous x-height, the new FF Quadraat Headliner takes the notion of "display" to new limits. His new FF Quadraat Sans Monospaced offers a friendlier alternative to the many cold monospaced faces presently in use.
Dutch designer Fred Smeijers has been designing typefaces since the early 1980s, and has made a thorough study of hand punchcutting techniques. He is the author of Counterpunch.

FF Dax Caps™
Hans Reichel's popular FF Dax family now includes small caps with non-lining figures. FF Dax Caps includes six weights corresponding to the earlier FF Dax fonts.
Hans Reichel lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. Reichel is best known as a pioneer of improvisational music and is the inventor of several musical instruments. The first member of the FF Dax family, FF Dax Condensed, was released in 1994; his other FontFont families include FF Schmalhans™ and FF Sari™.

FF Routes™
FF Routes is a new direction for Hans Reichel, designer of FF Dax. FF Routes "A" contains forms for streets and crossings, bridges and tunnels, highways and special symbols. FF Routes "B" contains background layers for the "A" elements. The FF Routes fonts can be used to construct complex, multicolored maps.
For information about Hans Reichel see FF Dax Caps™ (above).

FF Ticket™
Daniel Fritz's FF Ticket recreates the look of thermal printer type as found on airline tickets, luggage tags, forms, etc.
Daniel Fritz lives in Stuttgart, Germany and is a student of graphic design at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste. FF Ticket is his first published typeface.

Available online
The entire FontFont collection is available for testing and downloading at

About FontFonts
FSI FontShop International's FontFont library of digital typefaces was launched in 1990 by Neville Brody and Erik Spiekermann with the goal ofproducing cutting-edge typefaces by designers for designers. Now representing the work of over 100 of the world's most prominent and innovative designers, the FontFont library contains over 2000 fonts, with regular new releases throughout the year.

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article posted 18 June 2001 and last updated 18 June 2001.

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