Handpicked Typefaces

 

In Use: FF Liant for Weleda

A storefront in Stockholm sports a logotype set in FF Liant. In 1976, Ingrid Liche began designing what would be FF Liant Medium for the packaging of the natural cosmetic company Weleda AG in Germany. The face defined the corporate identity of Weleda worldwide, and because of the company’s prestige, the look of the entire [...]

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Meta-morphosis: How FF MetaPlus Became FF Meta

When we see the expansive superfamily that FF Meta has become, it’s hard to believe its beginnings were so humble. As the family has known three different incarnations, there tends to be some confusion about which version is which. So let’s clear the air and explore the history of the most successful humanist sans of [...]

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Jeffery Keedy: Thoughts on Designing Type

The following article was written for FontShop by Jeffery Keedy. In the early days of digital design I was frustrated by how few good typefaces were available in digital form. Also I realized that most typefaces were extremely out-of-date and did not express the spirit of our time. I felt it had become impossible to [...]

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David Berlow on the Making of California

The following article was written for FontShop by David Berlow, founder of Font Bureau. California magazine hired Roger Black to propose a redesign in 1987. The technology of the publishing industry at the time was proprietary hardware and software, and was not particularly open to typographic innovation as we know it today. But with the [...]

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Bold Formal Scripts

We get a lot of requests for fancy scripts. A font with a calligraphic touch is often the best option for formal invitations, wedding announcements, and phony high school diplomas. The problem with these scripts is that most are very light, making them impractical for use at small sizes or reversed against dark backgrounds. Here [...]

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Avant Garde Gothic Alternates Are Back

ITC Avant Garde Gothic’s alts are a trademark of ’60s and ’70s design, but have seen a huge resurgence of late. Maligned by some, sought by many, Herb Lubalin’s logo-turned-typeface has become a go-to font for hipsters and fashion mags the world over. Thanks to our partner, Elsner+Flake, The Avant Garde ligs and alts are [...]

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