FF Dolores supports up to 85 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Kurdish (Latin), Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Serbian (Latin), Serbian (Cyrillic), Kazakh, Czech, Swedish, Belarusian (Latin), Belarusian (Cyrillic), Croatian, Slovak, Finnish, 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.
Dolores was started as a Christmas gift from Tobias Frere-Jones to his brother, who had always wanted the right typeface for his band. Then a student at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Frere-Jones regularly patronized a bar near campus, where the initial design for Dolores was doodled onto a napkin.“I though it was funny, so I took it back to school and digitized it,” Frere-Jones recollects. “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 near the time of FF Dolores’ release, but the design was a great success and is still commonly seen in advertising. FF Dolores was the first published typeface by Frere-Jones, who went on to become a senior type designer at The Font Bureau, then a partner at Hoefler & Frere-Jones, and now in a successful practice of his own.