FF KARBID PRO

2011

FF Karbid (1999) was ori­gin­ally inspired by a Ger­man store­front let­ter­ing from the 1930s. Using it as a start­ing point, I then dis­sem­in­ate its spirit into a fam­ily of well-behaved but ener­getic text faces. In 2011, the typeface has been redesigned an exten­ded: it has now ten basic styles plus Text, Slab and Dis­play ver­sions. FF Karbid Pro Dis­play kept most of the pecu­li­ar­it­ies of the inspir­ing store­front. FF Karbid Pro Text reveals a sim­pli­fied, more neut­ral design while FF Karbid Pro Slab is a com­pletely new com­pan­ion. All fam­il­ies con­tain Light, Reg­u­lar, Medium, Bold, Black and their Ital­ics. Many altern­ate char­ac­ters have been added, for example low– and high-waist upper­case let­ter ver­sions in FF Karbid Pro , FF Karbid Pro Text and FF Karbid Pro Slab; single-storey a and g as well as bul­lets and arrows.

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All ver­sions of FF Karbid Pro con­tain numer­ous altern­ate char­ac­ters, so that each typeface can con­sid­er­ably change its over­all appear­ance. These altern­ates are based on Art­deco let­ter­ings with their some­times rather eccent­ric shapes. You can choose between low– and high-waist altern­ates for the upper case let­ters, cir­cu­lar O and G ver­sions, roun­ded down A and many more and you can mix them all. There are four fig­ure sets, small fig­ures, arrows, bul­lets as well as Latin Exten­ded lan­guage support.

Avail­able from Font­shop.

You will find a lot more inform­a­tion about the whole Karbid story, lots of great pho­to­graphs, two fant­astic essays on Ger­man let­ter­ing by Fritz Grö­gel, and a lot of fant­astic type spe­ci­men in my just pub­lished (autumn 2013) book KARBID, BERLIN — de la lettre peinte au cara­ctère typo­graph­ique | From Let­ter­ing to Type Design | Von Schrift­malerei zu Schrift­gestal­tung.

FF Karbid Pro Text

Prin­ted Semple

The fam­ily has been com­pleted by a new Text ver­sion, mainly inten­ded for body copy in small sizes, e. g. for book design. The eccent­ric, serif-like swashes in the let­ters a, d, h, n, m, u and R have been aban­doned, while the friendly, lively forms of l, y, z and Z show the close rela­tion­ship to the Karbid fam­ily. Again, there are five weights with match­ing Obliques.

FF Karbid Pro Text in use in the books Soma, Trust In Taste, and Friedrich Seiden­stücker.

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FF Karbid Pro Display

This vari­ant is the most obvi­ous spin-off of the ori­ginal FF Karbid. The shapes have been absorbed, although revised accord­ing to the new concept and com­pleted by an Oblique and exten­ded to five weights.

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FF Karbid Pro Slab

Prin­ted Semple

Even­tu­ally, a new Slab ver­sion joined the fam­ily. It has a sober, journ­al­istic char­ac­ter, inspired by 1920s’ magazines typo­graphy (like Mem­phis, etc.). The strong serifs give the typeface a proper stand­ing and sig­ni­fic­ance. It has more con­trast than the sans serif ver­sion, to keep legib­il­ity and balance.

FF Karbid Pro Slab in use in the books The murder of Crows, and Trust In Taste.

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