FF Scala

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Credits

Designer(s)
Martin Majoor
Foundry(ies)
FontFont
Release Year
1990
Country of Origin
Netherlands
Classification
Serif, Old Style
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
FontShop
Tags
corporate, humanist, serif, serifs, straight serif, superfamily

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FF Scala is an old style, neohumanist, serif typeface designed by Dutch typeface designer Martin Majoor in 1990 for the Vredenburg Music Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Like many contemporary Dutch serif faces, FF Scala is not an academic revival of a single historic typeface but shows influences of several historic models. Similarities can be seen with William Addison Dwiggins’ 1935 design Electra in its clarity of form, and rhythmic, highly calligraphic italics. Eric Gill’s 1931 typeface Joanna (released by Monotype in 1937), with its old style armature but nearly square serifs is also similar in its nearly mono-weighted stroke width.

FF Scala is a complete typeface family. True small capitals, a wide range of ligatures, lining, and non-lining (old style figures) are available. A companion sans-serif version, FF Scala Sans was released in 1992. In 1997 a decorative variety of capitals titled FF Scala Jewels was released. These show influence of Dutch Baroque decorative capitals. The FF Scala face and its related faces are widely used in publishing. FF Scala is the house typeface for the prominent Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

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