FF Acanthus supports up to 50 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Irish, Basque, Luxembourgian, and Icelandic in Latin and other scripts.
Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.
The initial concept behind FF Acanthus was to produce a “modern” neoclassical Roman that would have a less stark appearance than most French Didot-esque faces. FF Acanthus Regular takes direct cues from the Henri Didot typeface used in “De Imitatione Christi,” published 1788, but itself introduces more warmth and subtlety – this is especially noticeable at larger sizes. At smaller sizes, the slightly emphasized serifs remain crisp. The family includes a set of matching ornaments and borders. When it was finished, Akira Kobayashi felt inspired to make an additional text version, for use at even smaller sizes. The resulting letterforms of FF Acanthus Text are optimized for settings around 10 point, and feature sturdier serifs and hairlines. The proportions have been adjusted to suit the smaller size by slightly widening the letters, shortening the extenders, and increasing the x-height. For greater 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 also include a selection of decorative borders and braces. With the creation of a suite of useful typefaces in mind, Kobayashi added FF Acanthus Open, a classic engraving-inspired design in three styles (Roman, Italic, and Caps). While most open titling faces have a quite limited character set, this one includes numerals, punctuation, diacritics, and currency symbols.