FF Fontesque supports up to 106 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French, Turkish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Kurdish (Latin), Azerbaijani (Latin), Romanian, Dutch, Hungarian, Kazakh, Serbian (Latin), Serbian (Cyrillic), Czech, Bulgarian, 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.
In your mind, you know what the letters should look like. That’s why FF Fontesque’s funhouse-mirror–style distortion is so successful at disorienting and drawing in the unsuspecting onlooker. The typeface keeps it loose with extreme proportions, unpredictable character axis, a bouncing baseline, and wild variation of stroke weight. The designer, Nick Shinn, argues that all the irregularity only aids its legibility, holding up for contrast the modernist idea that ‘similar things should look the same’ with the example of the word ‘sea’ set in Helvetica. “…with its six similar spaces, you can see what I’ve tried to avoid.” FF Fontesque isn’t a one-off novelty piece; its range of weights and styles shows real commitment. In addition to the original four-weight Display family, complete with italics in all but the heaviest weight, a more robust Text variant was also developed for use at smaller sizes. As an encore, the family was expanded to include a five-weight FF Fontesque Sans in 2011, a linear interpretation of the design that functions primarily at display and larger text sizes.