When Martin Majoor designed FF Scala and FF Scala Sans between 1988 and 1994, the idea behind this was to design a serif, humanistic typeface from which a sans serif version would be derived. Martin called it: two typefaces, one form principle. This became the basis of his type design philosophy.
Since FF Scala’s release, the combination of serif and sans versions of a single typeface family has proven to be highly successful in corporate, book, and newspaper design. Ten years later, he expanded his idea of “two typefaces, one form principle” into “three typefaces, one form principle,” creating a new superfamily as a result: FF Nexus. One of the most popular typefaces in the FontFont Library, FF Nexus borrows some of its structure from FF Scala, but adds the slab-like FF Nexus Mix and the monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter to the set.
“Even though my first typeface, FF Scala, is still more popular, FF Nexus is, in my opinion, the best typeface I have created so far,” says Majoor. “With FF Nexus Mix, I introduced a third family member in my type design philosophy, and I am happy that this slab version is not a stand-alone typeface; it feels best when accompanied by serif and sans.”
While working on the Web FontFonts of FF Nexus, the FontFont Type Department decided to revisit the OpenType features of the print fonts as well. They worked closely with Majoor to achieve the optimum results from a revision.
In 2006, Martin Majoor’s FF Nexus Serif won the first prize at the Creative Review Type Design Awards in London, in the category Text Families.
FF Nexus Sans 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.)