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FF Nexus Typewriter Alternatives

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Noah Nazir
Last edited July 30, 2018

As Martin Majoor designed FF Scala and FF Scala Sans in the years between 1988 and 1994, the driving idea was to design a humanist serif from which a sans would be derived. In Majoor’s words: two typefaces, one form principle. The concept became the basis upon which his type design philosophy stood. Since the release of FF Scala’s companion sans, the combination of serif and sans in a single type family has grown to become popular and highly successful in corporate, book, and newspaper design. Ten years after first testing his idea of “two typefaces, one form principle,” he ventured into a new phase: “three typefaces, one form principle,” creating a superfamily as a result: FF Nexus. A popular and strong performer in the FontFont Library, FF Nexus takes some of its structure from FF Scala, adding a slab-like FF Nexus Mix and the monospaced FF Nexus Typewriter to the series.“Even though my first typeface, FF Scala, is still more popular, FF Nexus is, in my opinion, the best typeface I have created so far,” says Majoor. “With FF Nexus Mix, I introduced a third family member in my type design philosophy, and I am happy that this slab version is not a stand-alone typeface; it feels best when accompanied by serif and sans.” While working on the FF Nexus Web FontFonts, the FontFont Type Department decided to revisit the OpenType features of its print fonts as well. In 2006, Martin Majoor’s FF Nexus Serif won first prize at the Creative Review Type Design Awards held in London, in the category of Text Families.

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Arial was designed for Monotype in 1982 by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders. A contemporary sans serif design, Arial contains more humanist characteristics than many of its predecessors and as such is more in tune with the mood of the last decades of the twentieth century. The overall treatment of curves is softer and fuller than in most industrial style sans serif faces. Terminal strokes... Read More

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FF OCR-F came as the first in a series of “non-design” typefaces for the FontFont library. Technically oriented faces, such as DIN, Courier, Pica, or OCR-A and OCR-B have never seen so much demand in design as today. Art directors, magazine publishers, and poster designers love their cold, martial forms. At the same time, many would like to have a few more weight options and perhaps a... Read More

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