While creating the FF Backstage package, Stephan Müller and Cornel Windlin were fascinated by the stencils, templates, and other primitive signage devices that are all over the world to make the charmingly-blurred messages that try to shout: FIRE DOOR, EMERGENCY EXIT, HIGH VOLTAGE, HANDLE WITH CARE, DO NOT THROW, BACKSTAGE AREA – NO ACCESS, etc.
A newspaper clipping of the Chernobyl nuclear power station disaster provided the starting point for FF Chernobyl. A picture of one of the cooling towers showed huge Cyrillic stenciled letters. This was enough for Müller who went on to create a complete Roman character set.
FF Container is based on the signs, symbols, and words typically found on overseas freight carriers and containers, adapted and extended to a full character set by Stephan Müller.
The variants FF WaterTower Caps (accessible via Titling feature in OpenType format) and FF WaterTower Regular are based on standard American cardboard stencil sets typically found in art supply shops. The face was initially designed by Windlin for the cover of a book on Rachel Whiteread’s New York “Water Tower” sculpture. The typeface exists in two variations, a caps only version with alternative caps in the upper case positions, and the regular version with a complete upper and lower case. There are alternative numbers and special symbols as well.
FF Chernobyl 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.)