FF Celeste Sans supports up to 82 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Kurdish (Latin), Azerbaijani (Latin), Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Serbian (Latin), Czech, Kazakh, Swedish, Belarusian (Latin), Croatian, Finnish, Slovak, Danish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovenian, Irish, Estonian, Basque, Icelandic, and Luxembourgian in Latin, Cyrillic, and Other scripts.
Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.
FF Celeste Sans is something of a hybrid, like its serif companion FF Celeste. Its designer Chris Burke describes it like this:
“The serif version is a deliberate attempt to temper the modern face (Didone) type model with old face (Garalde) elements; to mix what Swiss letterform theorists have called the static and the dynamic principles of letter construction. Allowing for historical fancy, FF Celeste could be interpreted as a retrospectively transitional typeface.”
“An approach to designing a sans serif partner for FF Celeste did not immediately make itself obvious; a straight humanist sans did not seem quite appropriate. I finally realized that my liking for the grotesque genre of sans serif typefaces presented the way forward.”
“The somewhat anonymous, nineteenth-century grotesques can be seen to share principles with the common modern face types of that era, and some writers have even suggested that they grew from that tradition. So, in FF Celeste Sans, I tried to make a kind of grotesque, tempered by the dynamic of humanist sans. The result perhaps errs on the side of grotesque, meaning that FF Celeste Sans differs from FF Celeste in some details of its articulation (aside from the obvious differences). It does not have a great deal of contrast between its thick and thin strokes, and so creates quite a different colour to Celeste Serif while maintaining the family resemblance. This may prove useful on occasions where a distinct, harmonious contrast between serif and sans serif is required.”