FF Ropsen Script was created in 1999 from various handwriting samples; early versions were used in the dialog boxes of schoolbooks that the typeface’s designer was laying out. Over several months, the typeface was refined until the definitive concept was reached: combining the traits of hand-written characters with the framework of a versatile text face, which would work in headline as well as in blocks of text. The regular and bold weights can be combined for added emphasis and, by using a larger point size, the small caps work as an extra-bold upper case. FF Ropsen Script is as well-suited to newspaper design as it is for packaging and event promotion – equally at home in the cultural and commercial worlds.
In Prenzlauer Berg, a district in the former East Berlin, there is a street named for the American singer Paul Robeson. Prenzlauer Berg is also home to FF Ropsen Script’s designer, Jürgen Brinckmann. All of his German neighbors pronounced the Robeson Street “Ropsen” – Brinckmann thought this a fine name for a friendly face.
FF Ropsen Script 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.)