It took three years and three designers to develop FF Meta® Serif. All through the ’90s, Erik Spiekermann made several attempts at designing a counterpart for his groundbreaking FF Meta®. Fans of FF Meta frequently asked him which serif face would best complement it. He recommended Swift™, Minion™, FF Clifford™, and others, until he realized that he should just buckle down and draw his own serif companion. True to his principle of collaboration, Spiekermann enlisted the help of accomplished type designers Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby.
Obviously, a serif Meta needs to fit in with the existing FF Meta family. Through their combined experience, the designers created a typeface with metrics that are not mathematically identical to FF Meta, but optically the same. Now what you see is what you get, a harmonious serif/sans type system. While it is a typeface that can stand up on its own in a wide range of applications, the extra benefit of FF Meta Serif is its close relationship to its sans serif sister. The two families can be mixed in the same line and one can be used to accentuate the other. Using both on the same page adds variety and meaning to a text.
FF Meta Serif was originally available in four weights: Book, Medium, Bold, and Black, each with Italics. All styles include Small Caps, lining and oldstyle figures in proportional and tabular widths, and a range of arrows and other symbols. In 2011/2012, Extra Bold and Light weights as well as Cyrillic and Greek character sets were added by Ralph du Carrois and Botjo Nikoltchev.
FF Meta Serif supports 167 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French and Greek in Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)