Of all his typefaces in the FontFont library, FF Dax is Hans Reichel’s magnum opus. FF Dax is a contemporary streamlined sans serif family family with three widths: normal, wide, and condensed. Curiously for a typeface family of this size, FF Dax Condensed was the first part of the family to be released, back in 1995.
For Hans Reichel (1949–2011), the concept behind FF Dax was to combine the clarity of a narrow Futura with a more humanist touch. This created a space-saving and very legible typeface of timeless design. The typeface’s most obvious and influential characteristic is the lack of spurs in the d, g, m, n, p, q, r and u. After 1995, the family quickly grew to include the wider, but still narrow, FF Dax, followed by FF Dax Wide. And, in keeping with Reichel’s completist ways, all the widths are available in six weights: light, regular, medium, bold, extra bold, and black.
Critique Magazine bestowed an award on FF Dax back in 1998. In that year, it was one of just 4% of considered designs judged worthy enough for publication. But Critique Magazine hasn’t been the only fan of FF Dax: since its release in the late-1990s, the typeface has steadily been one of the FontFont library’s best selling families.