Dolores began as a Christmas gift from Tobias Frere-Jones to his brother, who had always wanted the right typeface for his band. Still a student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Frere-Jones frequented a bar near campus, where the initial design for Dolores was doodled on a napkin.
“I though it was funny, so I took it back to school and digitized it,” Frere-Jones recollected. “I did the whole character set in two nights over the weekend.” Soon after, Frere-Jones went on a studio tour through the Netherlands. He and a friend continued onto Berlin, where he introduced himself to Erik Spiekermann. “I proudly showed him another typeface I had been working on,” continued Frere-Jones, “but he wasn’t very impressed. Reluctantly, I showed him this other thing, a joke I had drawn on a bar napkin. To my total surprise, he ran out of the room and came back with the contracts to sell it through FontFont.” Dolores, the band broke up soon after FF Dolores the typeface was published, but the design was a great success and is still popular as a display typeface for advertising.
FF Dolores was the first published typeface by Frere-Jones, who went on to become a senior type designer at The Font Bureau, and later a partner in Hoefler & Frere-Jones.
FF Dolores supports 117 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German and French in Latin and Cyrillic scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)