FF Automatic 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.)
Donald Beekman’s FF Backbone package includes four different display families: FF Automatic, FF Overdose, FF Stargate, and FF Totem.
FF Automatic was developed as a logo for Automatic Music Productions, a company that, among other things, produces music for computer games and advertisements. The letterforms were inspired by Japanese characters.
The first characters for FF Overdose were made for the logo for Digital Overdose, a series of raves for 10,000 to 15,000 people. From here came a line of CDs, videos and merchandising and now a two-weight typeface.
FF Stargate also started life as a logo, this time for a brand of herbal ecstasy for Conscious Dreams, the world’s first Smartshop (not a car dealership) and distributor of smart drugs. The initial inspiration was Barry Deck’s FUSE-font Caustic Biomorph; from here Beekman went on to create a new, more constructed face.
FF Totem was designed with an eye on Native American style. Though symmetrical and modern, it is clearly influenced by North American Indian, Aztec and Mayan designs.