FF Megano is a humanist sans serif in six weights from French designer Xavier Dupré. It is one of over a dozen families from Dupré in the FontFont library. As with most of Dupré’s typefaces, FF Megano is a mixture of “sweet and aggressive shapes.”
The initial concept for FF Megano came to designer Xavier Dupré while riding on a French TGV train. The TGV – or Train à Grande Vitesse – are France’s high-speed trains. The envy of the world, they are both an achievement of engineering and design. According to Dupré, these trains are “quite comfortable places to make sketches,” says Dupré. “I wanted to make a ‘fun sans’ like Zuzana Licko’s Triplex.”
These first sketches featured a display design with strange shapes, which became more classical and usable in text thanks to the addition of subtle human touches. “When I designed the regular beta initial font, the cosmetic packaging studio of the agency where I worked was interested in this font, and I completed other weights and italics,” Dupré says. The roundness of the diagonals is evocative of feminine curves, making the typeface nicely suited to cosmetics marketing.
“We usually don’t have this combination in one family: humanistic and calligraphic shapes, roundness in diagonals (especially in the uppercase), ‘unserious’ stars, and arrows,” Dupré says. “I tried to mix what I like in typography – humanistic oblique axis, high readability, and a touch of fun.” The final design is more human, round, and less angular than the initial letterforms. The family was made more useful by a complement of arrows created for all weights.
FF Megano supports 101 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)