Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, but the FontFont Type Department does not really take the time to move their dancing feet. They have been toiling away in the summer heat, turning the drawings of the talented FontFont designers into finely crafted fonts, and proudly present FF70, the second FontFont Release this year. FF DIN® announces new thin weights and Greek support for every single; and Jens Kutílek introduces FF Hertz™, a personable, sturdy text typeface with weight duplexing – changing the weight does not make the text reflow. Finally, more than three decades after having acted as a design consultant for Neue Helvetica, Erik Spiekermann tackles the grotesque model himself with FF Real™, available in Text and Headline variants.
The model European industrial sans, Albert-Jan Pool’s FF DIN keeps getting better. This latest update includes the addition of two new weights, Thin and Extra Light, across both condensed and normal widths, and also includes Greek support in the weights where before it was missing.
A unique mixture of influences go into Jens KutÍlek’s FF Hertz, from superelliptical faces like Zapf’s Melior to German cartographic alphabets, all following certain modernist instincts. The result is a mighty and versatile text suite in six weights. One feature of note is FF Hertz’s uniwidth design—set text in a heavier weight without reflowing.
FF Real began as the voice of Erik Spiekermann’s biography Hello I am Erik, drawn in just two styles, one for headlines and one for text. Each meaning of the word ‘real’ is applicable for labeling this proper, authentic and regal sans, based closely on the original static grotesques of the turn of the twentieth century. Thirteen weights each.