FF Hertz

A text typeface family by Jens Kutilek.
In work since 2012, released in 2015.
Available on: FontShop | MyFonts | Fonts.com

About FF Hertz

Low stroke contrast, generous spacing, and fine-grained weights from Light to Extra Bold make FF Hertz a workhorse text typeface which holds up well under today’s widely varying output conditions from print to screen. The quite dark Book style works well on e-ink displays which usually tend to thin out letters, as well as in print when you want to evoke the solid letter image of the hot-metal type era. Two sizes of Small Caps are included: A larger size for abbreviations and acronyms, and a smaller size matching the height of the lowercase letters.

FF Hertz is a uniwidth design, that means each letter occupies the same space in all weights. This feature allows the user to switch between weights (but not between Roman and Italic styles) without text reflow.

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The history of FF Hertz

I began work on FF Hertz in 2012. From a drawing exercise on a low-resolution grid (a technique proposed by Tim Ahrens to avoid fiddling with details too early), it soon evolved into a bigger project combining a multitude of influences which up until that point had only been floating around in my head, including my mother’s 1970s typewriter with its wonderful numbers, Hermann Zapf’s Melior as well as his forgotten Mergenthaler Antiqua (an interpretation of the Modern genre), and old German cartographic lettering styles.


9 point Mergenthaler Antiqua, from ‘Linotype-Schriften’, 1969


Melior printer’s filing card


German cartographic lettering template


Olympia typewriter sample, 1970s


FF Hertz: Experimental typewriter cut

FF Hertz Specimen