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FF Mister K – TYPO Berlin Cards 9/9

FontFont has added a photo to the pool: Postcards designed by Julia Sysmäläinen for TYPO Berlin 2009 showing her typeface family FF Mister K in use. About FF Mister K It was a great temptation and challenge for Julia Sysmäläinen to design FF Mister K, a typeface inspired by manuscripts of Franz Kafka and named after main characters of the novels “Das Schloß” and “Der Prozess”. Kafka’s manuscripts reveal a unique handwriting style with strong calligraphic features. Looking closer, glyph shapes derived from the Latin as well as the German script popular in Austro-Hungary at the beginning of the 20th century can be distinguished in different texts. In designing the typeface, a balance had to be found between the Kafka’s strong and partly excentric letterforms and new forms to enable a steady typographic flow. Technically, FF Mister K is available in OpenType format and includes: several hundred ligatures (2-, 3-, 4-characters) which reflect typical sequences in different languages and reduce repetitions; alternate glyphs for “high”, “medium” and “low” connections; and stylistic alternates allowing for different kinds of crosshatching, underlining, etc. Not only for the sake of completeness but also because of the influences Kafka took from Russian literature, esp. Dostoevsky, Cyrillic characters are in the making, using Kafka’s German script and popular Russian handwriting of the beginning of the 20th century as sources as well as completely new FF Mister K Dingbats and Symbols. [Also used: FF Unit ]
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