FF Unit

Designed by Christian Schwartz and Erik Spiekermann. Published by FontFont in 2003 as part of the FF Unit Super Family.

Starts at $69.00 for a single style and is available for:

FF Unit was designed by Erik Spiekermann and produced by Christian Schwartz. FF Unit is the grown-up, no-nonsense sister of Spiekermann’s famous FF Meta—in FF Unit, all of the puppy fat is off; some curves have been flattened out, and the letters’ shapes are tighter.

Since FF Meta has always been a little out-of-line, and isn’t exactly an over-engineered typeface, FF Unit is less outspoken and more disciplined. Like FF Meta, it is very suitable for use in both large and small sizes. FF Unit lacks some of the diagonal strokes and curves that give FF Meta its touch of informality. However, this difference does not make FF Unit cold or uptight, just cool. FF Unit has no redundant ornamentation, just a lot of character. The tighter shapes make it suitable for big headlines that are set closely. Smaller sizes benefit from the increased contrast between vertical and horizontal strokes and open spacing. Thin and light perform well set large, displaying the characters to their advantage. There is a great difference in weight between the thin and ultra, providing a good range of weights for contrasting combinations. Alternative characters (a, g, i, j, l, U, M) make for interesting headlines. The small caps are a bit larger than normal, making them suitable for abbreviations and acronyms. All fonts include old style figures, and tabular figures, too.

FF Unit was honored with a Certificate of Excellence in Type Design by the Type Directors Club in 2003.

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Medium Italic
Bold Italic
Black Italic
Ultra Italic
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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Bei jedem klugen Wort von Sokrates ruft Xanthippe zynisch: Quatsch! Dabei grüßt die Quellnixe freundlich am Bach. Verflixt öde …
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FF Unit supports 163 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.)

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Çifteli
Clárseach
Campanólogo
Säkkipilli
Viola campaniça

Languages

Please note that not all languages are available for all formats.

Common Languages

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • German
  • French
  • Greek

Latin

  • A
  • Afrikaans
  • Albanian
  • Aragonese
  • Arumanian
  • Arvanitika (Latin)
  • Asturian
  • Azerbaijani (Latin)
  • B
  • Baraba Tatar
  • Basque
  • Bats (Latin)
  • Belarusian (Latin)
  • Bislama
  • Bosnian (Latin)
  • Breton
  • C
  • Catalan
  • Chamorro
  • Chichewa
  • Cook Islands Maori
  • Crimean Tatar (Latin)
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • D
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • E
  • English
  • Esperanto
  • Estonian
  • F
  • Faroese
  • Finnish
  • Franco-Provencal
  • French
  • Frisian
  • Frisian, East
  • Frisian, North
  • Frisian, West
  • Friulian
  • G
  • Gagauz (Latin)
  • Galician
  • German
  • Greenlandic
  • Greenlandic (pre-1973)
  • H
  • Hawaiian
  • Hungarian
  • I
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Interlingua
  • Irish
  • Istro-Romanian
  • Italian
  • K
  • Karaim (Latin)
  • Kashubian
  • Kazan Tatar (Latin)
  • Kurdish (Latin)
  • Kurmanji
  • L
  • Ladin
  • Ladino (Latin)
  • Latin
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Low German
  • Luxembourgian
  • M
  • Malagasy
  • Malay (Latin)
  • Maltese
  • Manx Gaelic
  • Maori
  • Marshallese
  • Moldavian (Latin)
  • N
  • Norwegian, Bokmål
  • Norwegian, Nynorsk
  • O
  • Occitan
  • P
  • Pilipino (Tagalog)
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Portunhol
  • R
  • Rhaeto-Romance
  • Romani (Latin)
  • Romanian
  • Romansch
  • S
  • Sami, Inari
  • Sami, Lule
  • Sami, Northern
  • Sami, Southern
  • Sami, Ume
  • Samoan
  • Sardinian
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Serbian (Latin)
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Somali
  • Sorbian, Lower
  • Sorbian, Upper
  • Sotho, Northern
  • Sotho, Southern
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • T
  • Tahitian
  • Tongan
  • Tsakhur (Latin)
  • Tsonga
  • Tswana
  • Turkish
  • U
  • Ubykh
  • V
  • Vepsian
  • Våmhusmål
  • W
  • Wallisian
  • Walloon
  • Welsh
  • Wolof
  • X
  • Xhosa
  • Y
  • Yapese
  • Z
  • Zulu
  • Ä
  • Älvdalska

Cyrillic

  • A
  • Abaza
  • Adyghe
  • Archi
  • Avaric
  • B
  • Balk
  • Belarusian (Cyrillic)
  • Bosnian (Cyrillic)
  • Botlikh
  • Budukh
  • Bulgarian
  • Buriat
  • C
  • Chechen (Cyrillic)
  • D
  • Dargin
  • Dungan
  • E
  • Erzya
  • G
  • Ghodoberi
  • I
  • Ingush
  • K
  • Kabardian
  • Kalmyk
  • Kara-Kalpak
  • Karachay-Balkar
  • Karaim (Cyrillic)
  • Kazakh
  • Kazan Tatar (Cyrillic)
  • Khinalug
  • Kryts
  • Kumyk
  • Kurdish (Cyrillic)
  • L
  • Lak
  • Lezgi
  • M
  • Macedonian
  • Moksha
  • Mongolian (Cyrillic)
  • N
  • Nanai
  • Nogay
  • R
  • Russian
  • Rusyn
  • Rutul
  • T
  • Tabasaran
  • Tajik
  • Tatar
  • Tati
  • Tsakhur (Cyrillic)
  • Turkmen
  • Tuvinian (Tuvan)
  • U
  • Ukrainian
  • Uzbek

Greek

  • A
  • Arvanitika (Greek)
  • G
  • Greek
  • T
  • Tsakonian Monotonic
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Lining Figures
167 167
Oldstyle Figures
167 167
Proportional Figures
167 167
Subscript
167 167
Superscript
167 167
Tabular Figures
167 167
Fractions
135/167 135/167
Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions.
Small Capitals From Capitals
CAPS CAPS
Small Capitals
Small Small
Case-Sensitive Forms
(H-o) (H-o)
Shifts punctuation up to a position that works better with all-caps text.
Standard Ligatures
flfi flfi
Historical Forms
hist hist
Replaces letters with historical variants that may appear anachronistic today. The best-known example is the long form of s.
Ordinals
1a2o 1a2o
Replaces characters with ordinal forms for use after figures.
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