The original concept for FF Acanthus was to create a “modern” neoclassical Roman that would have a less stark appearance than most French Didot-style faces, or Giambattista Bodoni’s types. FF Acanthus Regular is inspired by the Henri Didot typeface used in “De Imitatione Christi” (published 1788), but with more warmth and subtlety – this is especially apparent in larger sizes. In smaller sizes, the slightly emphasized serifs remain crisp. The FF Acanthus family includes a set of matching ornaments and borders.
When this was finished, Akira Kobayashi felt inspired to make another text version, for use at even smaller sizes. The resulting letterforms of FF Acanthus Text are optimized for around 10 point, and feature sturdier serifs and hairlines. The proportions have been adapted to suit the smaller size by slightly widening the letters, shortening the extenders, and increasing the x-height. For better legibility in blocks of text, the characters have a looser fit, and accents and punctuation are slightly larger. As with the first FF Acanthus variants, these include a selection of decorative borders and braces.
With versatility in mind, Kobayashi also made FF Acanthus Open, a classic engraved face in three styles (Roman, Italic, and Caps). While most open titling faces have limited character sets, this one includes numerals, punctuation, diacritics, and currency symbols.
FF Acanthus supports 63 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)