FF Schmalhans began life as a few characters drawn in the 70s for use on flyers, record sleeves and later CD covers. Only medium weight to begin with, when the typeface was finally digitized the family was expanded to include four weights of uppercase characters. Only in 1996 did the current family take shape with six weights and a lowercase, as well as a few special icons and some new numerals.
The term “Schmalhans” derives from a German saying, “Schmalhans ist Küchenmeister”, or “Skinny Hans is boss of the kitchen” – used when food is scarce.
FF Schmalhans supports 112 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)