FF Folk supports up to 50 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Irish, Basque, Icelandic, and Luxembourgian in Latin and other scripts.
Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.
FF Folk is a small series of typefaces drawn from lettering that artist Ben Shahn used in his paintings and lithographs. The Ben Shahn Folk Alphabet was originally created as lettering in 1940, and in 1995 was produced as digital type by Maurizio Osti and Jane Patterson with the blessing of Mrs. Bernarda Shahn, approval from Ben Shahn’s estate, and under license from VAGA (New York). “Lettering for the illiterate,” Shahn called it the “folk alphabet.” He felt that letters and words ought to have the same importance as images and drawings, and demonstrated this by combining them in his work. The fonts have two character shapes per letter (one in the uppercase slot, and another in the lowercase). Combining uppercase and lowercase interchangeably (e.g., UPPERCASE ONLY, lowercase only, and UpPeR aNd LoWeRcAsE) allows the typesetter options to achieve a proper fit and perhaps more personal effect.