FF Bau supports up to 82 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Kurdish (Latin), Azerbaijani (Latin), Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Kazakh, Serbian (Latin), Czech, Swedish, Belarusian (Latin), Croatian, Finnish, Slovak, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Irish, Estonian, Basque, Luxembourgian, and Icelandic in Latin and other scripts.
Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.
FF Bau is a large workhorse family of sans serif typefaces drawn in the “Grotesk” genre. Christian Schwartz is its designer, working under the inspiration of Grotesk types cast by the Schelter & Giesecke foundry in Leipzig. Schelter & Giesecke sold these popular Grotesks for many decades; they were first introduced around 1880. When the Bauhaus moved nearby in Dessau in the mid-1920s, these faces were chosen as the main selection in their printing shop, and the vast majority of their classic experiments in asymmetrical typography featured them prominently. In 1999, Erik Spiekermann asked Schwartz to consider doing a revival of these sanses by Schelter & Giesecke, updating the family for contemporary typographic needs, but without rationalizing away the spirit and warmth of the original. Its Regular, Medium, and Bold styles are drawn directly from Schelter & Giesecke sources, and its Super weight was added for cases where subtlety would be inappropriate. The italics, too were a fabrication, taking cues from the original Romans; their slight awkwardness seems to match it well. The family was released in 2002 with the name FF Bau – something of homage to the most noted users of the original Grotesks.