FF Amman is a bi-script family, with support for both the Arabic and Latin script. It is one of the largest Arabic–Latin typeface families designed to date, and one of the very few where both the Arabic and the Latin characters were drawn from scratch by the same designer at one time. Additionally, it is the first typeface family of its kind to contain “true Arabic italics,” instead of simple oblique solutions. The family consists of seven sans serif and four serif weights, each with true italics, and full Latin and Arabic character sets.
The family was designed by Jan Gerner, alias Yanone. The typefaces were developed as part of his graduation project at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. In late-2008, Yanone set out for Amman, the capital of Jordan, following an invitation from Ahmad Humeid from SYNTAX, a local design and branding office. Together, they planned to re-brand the capital city in preparation for Amman’s centennial celebrations. While not officially commissioned as a custom typeface, the design was something of a birthday present from SYNTAX and Yanone to Amman.
In the end, the result was widely adopted for use by all kinds of municipal services in Amman itself. All-in-all, it became the perfect graduation project for Yanone.
FF Amman Sans supports 116 different languages such as Arabic, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin and Arabic scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)