Initially, French designer Albert Boton developed FF Tibere as an all-caps titling face for titles and headlines. However, during the process, he saw the potential for the face to be adapted to fully function in text, too. So he reworked his drawings, making the characters more versatile.
FF Tibere takes its name from the Tiber river in Rome, and classical Roman inscriptional letters were the inspiration for the typeface – unique in its classical beauty and still the base of many of our Latin letters today. However, Boton did introduce some changes to the Roman model: He first intended the face, making the H, C, M, and A wider, as well as the E, S, and F narrower. FF Tibere’s companion italics are inspired by humanist calligraphy.