Monthly Archives: January 2011

January ’11 Staff Picks

The first FontShop Staff Picks of 2011 are up. Now that we’ve got our new blog rolling, I thought we could show off a few of our picks in more detail.

First up is Henrietta Samuels from Samuelstype. Like the aforementioned FF Mister K, Henrietta Samuels is full of extra ligatures and stylistic alternatives to help avoid identical forms of a single character, or combination thereof. (Notice the differing ‘ra’ ligatures above.) There’s a certain quirky, imperfect decadence to the typeface that makes it unique. Exclusive to FontShop.

Download the PDF (229 KB).

Reservation Wide, designed by Silas Dilworth of the TypeTrust, is an extended neo-grotesque face intended for headlines. Dilworth originally designed Reservation Wide for the Food Network, which uses the typeface (originally named Majestos) on its website and in on-air promos. Its terminals have a slight angle, keeping it open and approachable—one might even say appetizing. As an avid Food Network watcher, it has a place near and dear to my stomach.

Download the PDF (279 KB).

Calluna from exljbris is a playful text face that comes fully loaded with all of your favorite OpenType features. Jos Buivenga happened upon the basic structure of Calluna while “fiddling around a bit with Museo“. A fortunate accident, which you can read about in the specimen PDF. Also fortunate (which may be an understatement): you can download the Regular weight of Calluna for free. Once you’re hooked, pick up the 8-style family pack.

Remember to check out the rest of our January 2011 Staff Picks.

Upcoming Kafka book jackets featuring FF Mister K

Peter Mendelsund has designed a gorgeous new set of book jackets for the works of Franz Kafka. Scheduled to begin their release cycle in June or July through Alfred A. Knopf, the minimal and striking jackets feature three consistent components: the eye motif, bright color, and the type. Mendelsund made great use of FF Mister K by Julia Sysmäläinen, a design based on the handwritten manuscripts of Kafka.

FF Mister K is an expansive script. A single weight of FF Mister K Pro contains 1,509 total glyphs, including hundreds of ligatures (some combine up to four characters) and contextual and stylistic alternate glyphs. Accompanying the set of scripts is FF Mister K Dingbats, adding 1,345 symbols that range from flags to cityscapes to electronic devices. (No, Franz Kafka did not scribble the first iPod in his manuscripts—Sysmäläinen took a bit of creative leeway with these symbols to optimize them for modern usage.)

Download the PDF (4.4 MB).

Read much more about Peter Mendelsund’s Kafka book jackets on his blog, Jacket Mechanical.

Now at FontShop: Museo Italics

The wildly popular typeface Museo by exljbris recently welcomed a new member to its family: Museo Italics. The other upright members of the family, Museo Sans and Museo Slab, also have italic kin. This latest addition completes the family.

For those who’ve already gotten their hands on Museo, you can buy the italic bundle separately. If you’ve been holding out until now, buy the uprights and italics as a set.

MoMA adds typefaces to its collection

Photo: 50 Years of Helvetica on Flickr

Big news today for fans of digital type: MoMA has added 23 typefaces to its Architecture and Design Collection:

“Helped by a panel of expert advisors that included graphic design critics, designers, and historians, we based our decisions on the same criteria—ranging from aesthetics to historical relevancy, from functionality to social significance, from technological ingenuity to economy—that we use when evaluating objects. We paid particular attention to the synthesis of goals, means, and elegance that we always seek in modern design.”

The new selections:

  • OCR-A by American Type Founders (1966)
  • New Alphabet by Wim Crouwel (1967)
  • Bell Centennial by Matthew Carter (1976-78)
  • ITC Galliard by Matthew Carter (1978)
  • FF Meta by Erik Spiekermann (1984-1991)
  • Oakland by Zuzana Licko (1985)
  • Keedy Sans by Jeffery Keedy (1991)
  • FF Beowolf by Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum (1990)
  • Template Gothic by Barry Deck (1990)
  • Dead History by P. Scott Makela (1990)
  • HTF Didot by Jonathan Hoefler (1991)
  • FF Blur by Neville Brody (1992)
  • Mason by Jonathan Barnbrook (1992)
  • Mantinia by Matthew Carter (1993)
  • Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones (1993-95)
  • Big Caslon by Matthew Carter (1994)
  • FF DIN by Albert-Jan Pool (1995)
  • Walker by Matthew Carter (1995)
  • Verdana by Matthew Carter (1996)
  • Mercury by Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones (1996)
  • Miller by Matthew Carter (1997)
  • Retina by Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones (1999)
  • Gotham by Jonathan Hoefler & Tobias Frere-Jones (2000)

FF Bau: Now available in OpenType and Web formats

Next in our series of cool font specimen PDF callouts comes FF Bau. Designed by Christian Schwartz in 2002, FF Bau is based on Schelter & Giesecke’s Grotesk, an early ancestor of Helvetica. In the most recent Fontfont update, FF Bau was rereleased in the following versions:

OpenType | Pro | Office | Office Pro | Web | Web Pro

FontFont has posted a very cool “Stylistic Set Pocket Guide”, detailing the new OpenType features in FF Bau OT. Among them are a number of alternate glyphs, figure variants, and Central European language support (in the Pro versions). You can also read more about FF Bau, and the rest of the FontFont 54 release, over at FontShop Benelux’s Unzipped.

Download the PDF (172 KB).

New: FF Fontesque Display

Included in FontFont Release #54 is the newly revised FF Fontesque Display. This new OpenType feature-laden version of FF Fontesque includes alternate glyphs for nearly every character in the typeface, including Central European characters (found in the Pro version). Designer Nick Shinn has also released a user guide/specimen PDF, detailing the family’s specifics.

Download the PDF (260 KB).

A new year, a new blog

As 2011 gets rolling, we’re happy to announce the launch of a new FontShop blog.

Here’s a rundown of the FontShop family of newsletters, blogs, and Twitter accounts — all of which you should consider following in the new year.

  • The FontShop Newsletter
    Still going strong after six years, the bi-weekly FontShop email newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date on new font releases, FontFont updates, and industry news.
  • The FontShop Blog
    Written by the San Francisco team, we’ll spotlight new website features, common support issues, and other operational miscellany. Additionally, we’ll showcase longer articles and extended type samples which don’t fit neatly in our newsletter format.
  • The FontFeed
    Need some typographic inspiration? The FontFeed is for you. Published by Yves Peters and a motley crew of typomaniacs from various locales in Europe, the FontFeed is a great way to see how type is being used today.
  • Twitter: @FontShop
    The @FontShop account has a little bit of everything from the team in SF. Follow us at
  • Twitter: @TypeTips
    Fun, useful educational tidbits. A companion to the education section at

FontFont Release #54

FontShop starts its new year with the 54th release update from FontFont. Check out our extensive release notes in this PDF, including new FontFont designs FF Basic Gothic, FF Massive, and a new batch of Web Fonts.

Download the PDF (4.2 MB).

User’s Manual for the FF Massive Typeface System

With its 2010 release the FF Massive OT family was expanded with an extra outline version into eight different Open Type fonts, divided in four variations which together form a versatile typographic system. The eight different FF Massive variations enable the user to compose a number of combinations, which can lead to surprising results, especially with the use of contrasting colours.

This manual will explain how the FF Massive type system is best employed. Enjoy!

Download the PDF (1.4 MB).