The design of FF Atomium was part of a proposal for Ultrasonix, an underground electronic music festival in Amsterdam that never took place, due to lack of funding. The main source of inspiration for Donald Beekman as he designed FF Atomium was a series of black and white photos that he took of the Atomium building in Brussels, built for the World Exhibition in 1958. Looking at this weird futuristic structure through a misty fog captured exactly the atmosphere that he was looking for. He decided that the project needed a font, built out of the same atomic shapes: a series of balls connected by straight lines. When working on FF Atomium, he hammered on and designed different variations, including outlines and dingbats. Thin can be layered on top of Heavy to create double-colored effects.
FF Atomium 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.)