FontFont Release 44
February 2008: FSI FontShop International announced the latest additions to its award-winning FontFont® typeface library. The independent foundry released three new type families and added language extensions and OpenType® upgrades to a selection of popular FontFonts.
The New FontFonts
FF Polymorph™ is an experimental typographic system inspired by characters found in languages all over the world. German designer Stefanie Schwarz selected approximately 500 characters from 43 scripts in the Unicode Standard – forms that evoked the shapes (but not necessarily the meaning) of Latin letters. She built four distinct sets of letterforms – Decoration, Serif, Loop, and Interruption – resulting in ten separate alphabets. FF Polymorph's decorative and abstract glyphs can be layered with the legible base character sets to create multi-colored effects or used alone as ornaments and patterns.
FF Unit™ Rounded started as a custom typeface Berlin-based Erik Spiekermann (with New York City's Christian Schwartz) developed for Gravis, the biggest Apple dealer in Germany. The brief called for a friendly yet precise design versatile enough for to be used in signage, T-shirts, print advertising, and onscreen. Spiekermann wanted to expand the family from the two base weights used by Gravis, and, with the help of Dutch type designer and programmer Erik van Blokland and his Superpolator technology, created multiple weights displaying varying degrees of roundness. FF Unit™ Rounded is available in six weights with complementary small caps for each.
Originally conceived as a headline typeface (in a thesis project dubbed Gazoline), FF Utility™ has evolved into a functional text typeface with an independent spirit. Inspired by familiar types like DIN and Franklin Gothic, Frankfurt designer Lukas Schneider's sassy sans boasts a technocratic attitude with a humanistic touch. FF Utility is comprised of five weights, each with four figure sets, and features alternate "g" and "a" characters for added typographic flexibility.
FontFont Language Extensions and OpenType Versions
In keeping with its mission to offer enhanced options to type users, FSI has announced language extensions to sixteen important FontFont families. FF Meta® Condensed Italic is now available with Baltic, Central European, Turkish, and Greek language support. FF Dax® Condensed, FF Fago™ Condensed, FF Fago™ Extended, FF Profile®, FF Sari™, FF Signa™ Condensed, FF Signa™ Extended, FF Zwo™, and FF Zwo™ Correspondence now include Baltic, Central European, and Turkish character sets, while FF Eureka®, FF Eureka® Mono, FF Eureka® Mono Condensed, FF Eureka® Sans, FF Eureka® Sans Condensed, and FF Fago™ have been upgraded to support Baltic and Turkish.
Type designers and type users worldwide have embraced the cross-platform OpenType format, which offers a wealth of advanced typographic features and extended language support. This release includes an OpenType Standard (Western language) upgrade for FF Celeste® Sans. Of the new FontFonts, FF Polymorph™ is available in OT Standard, with FF Utility™ and FF Unit™ Rounded available in both Standard and Pro (multilingual) versions.
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