FF PicLig is a smart OpenType font that makes it possible to create symbols out of typed characters.
While OpenType’s “discretionary ligatures” usually connect two or more characters to create a typographic ligature, designer Christina Schultz used this feature of the technology to combine several characters into an icon, a “picture ligature.” The automatic substitution of certain character combinations allows the direct integration of icons into text, enabling users to communicate more expressively.
Inspired by the use of symbols in textual and computer-mediated communication, Schultz designed FF PicLig between 2004 and 2005 as part of her master’s thesis, entitled Alphabet Invaders – How New Technology Has Transformed the Way We Communicate. It is her first published font.
FF PicLig was selected by the TDC judges for a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design in 2006.
FF PicLig supports 63 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)