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OpenType:
Best for desktop publishing and is the most full-featured font format (although OT-savvy apps such as InDesign are required to access advanced typographic control).

Office:
Created for use with Microsoft Office.

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Optimized for use exclusively on web pages. Self-hosted or hosted through Typekit, these fonts are perpetually licensed based on the number of pageviews per month for all sites in an organization using the font.

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FF DIN

A FontList

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In 1994, in San Francisco, Albert-Jan Pool and Erik Spiekermann took a cab together from the ATypI conference to the airport. Spiekermann knew that Pool’s employer went bust, so he told him that if he wanted to earn some money with type design, he should have a look at fonts such as OCR and DIN. At the same time, he invited Pool to Berlin to discuss the idea in detail.

One year later, FontFont published Pool’s typeface FF OCR-F, followed by the family FF DIN. Spiekermann had the skill to point out an empty space in the market. Digital DIN fonts were available at that time, however, only in two weights and solely in pure geometric shape. Pool designed a family of five weights, he added true italics and also some alternative characters, such as the “i” with a round dot and the lower case figures.

With time, five weights of DIN Condensed were added, as well as Greek and Cyrillic versions. The shape of the new FF DIN differs from the original mostly by thinner horizontal strokes and by more fluent curves. Despite its primitive, technical look and the clear reference to the German motorway signboards, FF DIN became a phenomenon. The typeface has even pervaded book and magazine typography, and it found its place in posters of cultural institutions.

In 2009 Condensed Italic styles were released. More than a simple oblique, this is an optically-adjusted italic matching all five weights of FF DIN Condensed. It fits nicely into Albert-Jan Pool’s finely crafted version of the DIN model.

FF DIN fonts can be purchased individually, but the packages on this page offer the best value and performance. Discounted packages containing complimentary fonts ensure you get all the styles you need for professional typography. The Collection packages offer all the FF DIN weights and widths in a single product.

The difference between “OT” and “Pro” OpenType fonts is in their language support.

Learn more about FF DIN at DINFont.com »

 
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