FF Trixie is a typeface of superlatives. The capital “X” of the FF Trixie Plain is the most-famous letter in the entire FontFont library – it was used in the X-Files logo. And because of this, FF Trixie is perhaps the most-used typewriter-style font in the world. But in the beginning, FF Trixie was considered to be kind of a joke. The typical response to the design in the early 1990s went along these lines: “why make a font that makes expensive desktop publishing supercomputers look like old typewriters?” History has given the definitive answer. Fonts like FF Trixie are designed and used because they look cool, and are a lot of fun.
Was FF Trixie designed by strange beings from outer space? Or is it really another one of Erik van Blokland’s typefaces? We may never really know the truth.
FF Trixie is a highly detailed typeface that captures the roughness and irregularities of an old typewriter. It is really just an accurate document of one typewriter in particular. All the characters from this typewriter kept their faults during this typeface’s development. The characters in the font vary in height, rotation and distance to the baseline, just as they did in text typewritten on the original machine.
The FF Trixie OpenType series offers a number of improvements over the original PostScript release from 1991. For instance, the OpenType fonts offer larger character sets and more choice in roughness and texture. For use in larger sizes, the FF Trixie Rough fonts show more detail. This ensures that letters continue to look rough and interesting, rather than turn into sharp straight lines. The level of detail was optimized so the overall feeling of the Rough weights is the same as the original FF Trixie – you can switch to the Rough without changing the overall visual appearance.
The FF Trixie HD series sets a new standard for detail, and takes full advantage of OpenType technology. For use in typography where resolution matters, FF Trixie HD brings seven alternates for each character, each with its own weight and roughness detailing. OpenType features switch the alternates around to simulate typewriter type in a way never before seen in digital typography. The type varies in weight, and dances on the baseline. The effect of the ink and the ribbon is visible. The characters appear in hyper-realistic resolution both on-screen and in print. These details come at a price, though: the largest HD weight, FF Trixie HD Pro Heavy, has over 6.7 million points. All FF Trixie OpenType weights combined contain over 1 million contours, and 14.5 million points!
FF Trixie supports 133 different languages such as Spanish, English, Portuguese, Russian, German, French and Greek in Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek scripts. (Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.)