FF Suhmo is inspired by classic slab serif types, as well as by typewriter faces, like Courier and American Typewriter. All of these typefaces are used simultaneously now for text and headline use. Alex Rütten pulled this duality into FF Suhmo, too. But those weren’t the only influences behind the typeface. Many formal details were derived from the typical neon-lettering you can find on old Italian restaurants all across Germany, for instance.
Rütten’s design has short ascenders and descenders and a generous x-height, making it a good choice for editorial design. It combines simplicity and functionality with playfulness, offering loops and swashes and a slight stroke contrast. Its varied details are unobtrusive in text sizes, but developing character and sparkle in headlines.
The extensive character set includes numerous special characters and ligatures, several figure sets, and small caps throughout all styles. The family has four weights: Light, Regular, Bold and Black – each with an Italic. The weights were staggered to complement each other within a layout, the Black corresponding to the Regular and the Light corresponding to the Bold weight, allowing words or phrases to be clearly stressed within a text. The Italics are lighter than the Roman and have a relatively slight angle of slope. The forms are derived from a manual writing process and often cross the base-line or the x-height.
FF Suhmo was selected by the TDC judges for a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design in 2011.
FF Suhmo supports 114 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, German and French in Latin scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)