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FF Turmino

FF Turmino by Ole Schäfer

As May draws to a close, we wrap our series on faces from the FontFont Collection Tier. The whole process has been a great chance to look back through some of the early experiments of now-well-known designers, or just to come across great designs that have fallen out of common use. It’s in fact for that reason—because they’re lesser-known—that Collection FontFonts make up some of the highest value-per-dollar families and font sets we offer. Special thanks goes to our intern Kristin Stenzel for contributing her eye to the specimens, including the one below. Take a look back through some of our selections, or to peruse them yourself, visit the FontFont foundry page and pick ‘Collection FontFonts’ inside the Tier filter. And at last, we leave you with Ole Schäfer’s FF Turmino, a semi-condensed sans that grows more compact as you take it up in weight.

FF Kipp

FF Kipp by Claudia Kipp

In or out of register, FF Kipp allows the typographer to add a bit of subtle contrast or visible wear by using any of its four distressed overlay fonts.

FF Brokenscript

FF Brokenscript by Just van Rossum

Contemporary as it is, FF Brokenscript takes its name and construction from a centuries-old gothic blackletter hand. Its strokes, rather than flowing into one another to close the forms stop short, and there remain fractured, or broken.

FF Backstage

FF Backstage by Stephan Müller, Cornel Windlin

FontFonts from the Collection Tier are value-minded font packages, combining cohesive designs from individual families, or multiple faces from multiple designers. FF Backstage is three stencil faces: FF Chernobyl, FF Container, and FF Water Tower.

FF Elementa

FF Elementa & FF Elementa Rough by Mindaugas Strockis

FF Pitu

FF Pitu by Lukasz Dziedzic

FF Acanthus

We just found this little gem hiding out in the FontFont Collection Tier:

FF Acanthus by Akira Kobayashi

FF Gothic

FF Gothic by Neville Brody

FF Parango

FF Parango by Xavier Dupré

FF Parango is Xavier Dupré’s first take on the French Oldstyle. Swash caps are the default for the italic, though non-swashed caps are accessible as a stylistic set via OpenType.

FF Beowolf & FF BeoSans

FF Beowolf & FF BeoSans by Erik van Blokland, Just van Rossum

Beowolf began as randomfont, a face whose contours changed at random with the aid of PostScript hacks. Seen together here with its serifless companion BeoSans, the two allow the designer to select the desired level of distortion to the glyph outlines. Make sure contextual alternates are turned on via the OpenType panel in order to experience the face at its full technical potential. FF Beowolf is part of the MoMA’s permanent collection of digital types within its Architecture and Design Collection.

FF Plus Sans

FF Plus Sans by Jürgen Huber

FF Plus Sans, part of the FontFont Collection Tier comes in four weights in both Roman and italic. Plus Sans excels at text.

From the FontFont Collection Tier

Back when FontFont split its library into tiers, most of the attention went to the Premium FontFonts, because they were the top selling, and the Free FontFonts, because, well, the price was right. In between these two the foundry placed a third tier called Collection FontFonts. The formats and package options of these exotic and hardworking faces were simplified, and the prices reduced. As a result, members of the Collection tier make up some of FontFont’s highest bang-per-buck families.

So we decided to pull out some of these and polish them up a bit, and make a series of it to run through May. After all, the rediscovery of fresh work that’s grown unfamiliar can be just as satisfying as coming across the new. From the FontFont Collection tier:

FF Airport by Cornel Windlin, Stephan Müller

FF Ticket by Daniel Fritz

Whether the job is related to air transit or ticketed events, or either is only the lens through which your brief takes its cues, these two families offer both pattern and texture to your visual vocabulary.