FF Quadraat Sans is a companion family to Fred Smeijers’s FF Quadraat. With FF Quadraat Sans, Smeijers follows a trend from his fellow Dutchman, Jan van Krimpen. Earlier in the 20th century, van Krimpen’s Romulus design was one of the first examples of a classic serif typeface to be augmented with a sans serif variant. It was not until the late eighties that this idea became more popular. Some well-known contemporary takes on this are ITC Stone or FF Scala, for example. Both typefaces give designers the opportunity to make use of well adapted sans serif variations.
FF Quadraat follows this tradition. Sans serif typefaces can look very much alike, especially in the bolder variations. This is certainly not the case with FF Quadraat Sans. FF Quadraat Sans has display qualities, but is an efficient typeface and is suitable for longer texts, too.
Over the years, FF Quadraat has grown into a rather large system of complementary families. In addition to FF Quadraat Sans, Smeijers has also created a monospaced sans design: FF Quadraat Sans Mono.