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36 New OpenType FontFont Packages
The FSI office in Berlin is working feverishly to develop OpenType® versions of all the finest FontFonts®. This FontFont release offers 36 new reasons to make the move to OpenType.


OpenType Empowers Professional Typography
These new fonts aren’t mere conversions from legacy formats. OpenType’s most obvious benefit is cross-platform compatibility (the same font file works on Mac and Windows machines), but the format also enables advanced features for beautiful, efficient typesetting. Every OT FontFont has been painstakingly crafted to make advanced glyphs like small caps, ligatures, alternates, and figure styles easily accessible.


Show Me the Glyphs!
With a capacity for thousands of glyphs, OpenType presents new challenges for previewing fonts. No worries – we’re on top of it.’s new specimen pages now reveal every glyph of every font. Users of Adobe’s glyph palette will be familiar with the display. You can view the full character set all at once, or filter by OT feature. An arrow in a character slot indicates alternate glyphs are available. You can also download printable PDFs which showcase each OT FontFonts’ character set, features, and language support.


The Story of FF Beowolf® and FF BeoSans®

FF Beowolf was born at the end of the dark and murky 1980s when Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland found a way to change the programming in PostScript fonts. When printed, each point in each letter in every word on the page would move randomly, giving the letters a shaken, distraught appearance. Initially dubbed “RandomFont”, van Blokland and van Rossum created three versions with increasing degrees of potential randomness and FontShop released it as FF Beowolf, the first typeface with a mind of its own.

The technology in FF Beowolf wasn’t what computer and printer manufacturers had in mind for desktop publishing. So, while it worked great (if a tad slow) through most of the 1990s, FF Beowolf was eventually barred from performing its magic: pesky things like printer drivers and operating systems learned to ignore the non-standard. FF Beowolf seemed relegated to mere recollection.

But OpenType technology brought new hope, forging paths in the typetech continuum which would eventually lead to a new generation of RandomFonts. Each glyph in each font has ten alternates and a massive Faustian brain to control the mayhem. Specially developed and hellishly complex software, nearly ninety thousand glyphs, and an army of purpose-built ’bots took days to forge the OpenType features no ordinary type tool could have assembled.

The serifless counterpart, FF BeoSans, is based on a robust face by Just van Rossum. FF BeoSans Hard follows the harsh angles of Beowolf. FF BeoSans Soft is the smoother companion. Each has a bold version and all have 10 randomly generated alternatives for every character.

Put those computers and printers to good use and give good taste the salute it deserves! The FF Beowolf OpenTypes come in 4 strengths. The randomness performs on screen in any application on MacOS and Windows which supports OpenType.


FF Strada™ OT

Albert Pinggera’s thesis project is one of the few contemporary typefaces from Italy. Its organic curves give FF Strada a friendly air, particularly in the italics, but it's sturdy and practical enough for serious texts as well. The new OpenType version includes built-in small caps, case-sensitive forms, and a complete sets of figure styles.


FF Celeste® OT

The OpenType version of Chris Burke’s humanist serif includes discretionary ligatures, built-in small caps, case-sensitive forms, and a complete set of figure styles.


FF Legato® OT

Evert Bloemsma completed FF Legato just before his death in 2005. His masterpiece turned heads for its pioneering concepts in letterforms and readability. The OpenType version features built-in small caps, case-sensitive forms, a complete set of figure styles, and an alternate ‘G’.


FF TradeMarker™ OT

This release jumps Critzler’s futuristic display face into typographic hyperdrive with case-sensitive forms, superscript, and alternates for the upper- and lowercase 'S'.


FF Zwo™ OT and FF Zwo™ Pro

Few typefaces deserve the OpenType treatment more than this modern mega-family from Jörg Hemker and Henning Krause. The new release includes built-in small caps, discretionary ligatures, a full set of figure styles, and various stylistic alternates. FF Zwo Pro features extra language support including Baltic, CE, Latin, and Turkish character sets.



FF BeoSans OT Hard
FF BeoSans OT Soft
FF Beowolf OT
FF Celeste OT 1
FF Celeste OT 2
FF Dax OT/Pro Condensed
FF Eureka OT/Pro
FF Eureka Mono OT/Pro 1
FF Eureka Mono OT/Pro 2
FF Eureka Mono OT/Pro Condensed 1
FF Eureka Mono OT/Pro Condensed 2
FF Eureka Sans OT/Pro 1
FF Eureka Sans OT/Pro 2
FF Eureka Sans OT/Pro Condensed 1
FF Eureka Sans OT/Pro Condensed 2
FF Gothic Min
FF Legato OT 1
FF Legato OT 2
FF Meta Condensed OT/Pro Italic

FF Pop Min
FF Profile Pro
FF Sari OT/Pro 1
FF Sari OT/Pro 2
FF Signa OT/Pro Condensed
FF Signa OT/Pro Condensed Italic
FF Signa OT/Pro Extended
FF Signa OT/Pro Extended Italic
FF Soupbone OT
FF Strada OT
FF Strada OT Italic
FF Strada OT Condensed
FF Strada OT Condensed Italic
FF TradeMarker OT
FF Zwo Correspondence OT/Pro
FF Zwo OT/Pro 1
FF Zwo OT/Pro 2


Pro FontFonts support a broader range of languages than OT FontFonts. See each font’s specimen page and PDF for details on character sets.



Jim Rimmer is one of the rare craftsmen who is fully at ease cutting metal typefaces by hand and working the same designs with Bezier Curves on a Macintosh computer. Rimmer has designed typefaces for his own books that he designs, illustrates, prints, and occasionally writes himself. Visit Rimmer’s Pie Tree Press in Vancouver and you’ll find lead versions of many of the following typefaces. Fortunately for those of us without a proper press, we can still make use of Rimmer’s types on our lowly digital screens.


RTF Zigarre Script


RTF Lapis


RTF Credo


RTF Albertan



Fonts used in title graphic: FF Legato OT™.


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