“When we looked at prints of FF Info Display used in small point sizes, we found that the typeface also worked well as a text face,” said Erik Spiekermann about the second phase of his FF Info type family. “I’ve always maintained that technical specifications, which help determine the appearance of a typeface, also make it work well in other difficult circumstances. FF Meta, for instance, was originally conceived as a typeface for use in small point sizes under poor printing conditions.” At the same time, however, the face works very well in big point sizes on signs, even though a few strange effects become apparent that are invisible at small sizes. Spiekermann’s ITC Officina was intended for office use as a sort of replacement typewriter-letter for the laser printer. But the special characteristics of the face make it look good on screen and for this reason it has become one of the most popular typefaces for multimedia and online use.
Therefore, it seemed sensible to give the FF Info family an optimized version for text. FF Info Text is generously spaced, as it should be for reading in large blocks. Similar letters that required special treatment in the display version are less critical in text – i, l, I, and 1 can do without their serifs. The lowercase g, which in Display is open, is closed in the text version. Small Caps and Old Style Figures are also available.
Use of both the text and the display versions of FF Info at the same time is not a problem; the line widths of the letters are the same. But be careful, though, because the letter spacing of the two versions differ! It is necessary to correct this in the layout program.
The first drawings for FF Info were done in the mid-eighties in Ikarus format. The family has grown exponentially since that time with the help of Ole Schäfer. Critique Magazine paid specific recognition to the FF Info family back in 1998. In that year, it was one of just 1% of considered designs to receive an award in their “Big Crit” contest.
FF Info Text supports 113 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)