FF Meta® font family


Designed by  Erik Spiekermann in 1991
One of the most famous and popular typefaces of the FontFont library is Meta®, designed by Erik Spiekermann. Since 1991, when the first styles were published, the font has developed into a super family with numerous variants.The basic shape of FF Meta is based on Renaissance Antiqua and has a corresponding, slight variation in the stroke width. Beveled stroke ends and the partially curved lines in particular lend Meta a distinctive, lively and friendly character, which is further supported by the round points. The two-story "g", which is very striking and has become a kind of trademark of the font, was adapted from the Antiqua. Meta is also perfectly legible in the small font sizes, not in the least because of the large x-height and open letter forms. FF Meta is now available in two widths with six condensed weights and eight normal weights. All styles have a true italic with their own letter forms and are perfectly equipped typographically. You have the option of small capitals, different number sets, numerous and in some cases very particular ligatures and alternate characters.If the vivid and detailed structures of FF Meta prove to be a little too dominant in headlines and larger font sizes, FF Meta® Headline is the ideal choice. Under the direction of Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz, Joshua Darden designed three widths, each with four weights for the compact font, optimizing it for larger sizes. To this end, he not only cut back the curved lines, but also shortened slightly the descenders and reduced the letter-spacing. Alternate characters with a reduced form for "a", "g" and "l" offer you more leeway.FF Meta® Correspondence is designed specifically for the requirements of the office environment. Not only did a few letters get a more solid form, such as the lowercase "i" and "j" or the uppercase "I" and "Q", but other characters, such as "f", "E" and "F", have been optimized for better screen display, dispensing with the oblique ends. The small "g" is available in the single-story form, although the two-story version, typical to the Meta font, is also included. FF Meta Correspondence also contains numerous symbols and pictograms for everyday office work.It took Erik Spiekermann, collaborating with Christian Schwartz and Kris Sowersby, three years to design FF Meta® Serif. The approach was not to cling obsessively to the basic shape of FF Meta, but rather to create a serif that was fitting for the font. As a result, the Renaissance Antiqua FF Meta Serif is in perfect harmony with FF Meta in terms of its weights and x-height. It embraces the style of its sister font so as to be optically perfect, not mathematically exact. All six weights of FF Meta Serif Italic feature real italic styles and can be combined with the FF Meta on the same page or in the same line.

FF Meta Bold Italic

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FF Meta


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Technical details
OpenType outline flavour:
CFF - PostScript-Outlines
Technical font names:
File name: FontFont Installation Guides.pdf, MetaHebrew-BoldItalic.otf, MetaHebrewBoldItalic-InfoGuide.pdf, MetaHebrewBoldItalic-SpecSheet.pdf
Windows menu name: MetaHebrew-BoldItalic
PostScript name: MetaHebrew-BoldItalic
PostScript full name: MetaHebrew-BoldItalic
Catalog number:
167375423
Characters:
498
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Features

Languages

Case-Sensitive Forms

Tag: case

Function: Shifts various punctuation marks up to a position that works better with all-capital sequences or sets of lining figures; also changes oldstyle figures to lining figures. By default, glyphs in a text face are designed to work with lowercase characters. Some characters should be shifted vertically to fit the higher visual center of all-capital or lining text. Also, lining figures are the same height (or close to it) as capitals, and fit much better with all-capital text. The user selects a block of text and applies this feature. The dashes, bracketing characters, guillemet quotes and the like shift up to match the capitals, and oldstyle figures change to lining figures.

Denominators

Tag: dnom

Function: Replaces selected figures which follow a slash with denominator figures. In the string 11/17 selected by the user, the application turns the 17 into denominators when the user applies the fraction feature.

Fractions

Tag: frac

Function: Replaces figures separated by a slash with 'common' (diagonal) fractions. The user enters 3/4 in a recipe and gets the threequarters fraction.

Standard Ligatures

Tag: liga

Function: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. This feature covers the ligatures which the designer/manufacturer judges should be used in normal conditions. The glyph for ffl replaces the sequence of glyphs f f l.

Numerators

Tag: numr

Function: Replaces selected figures which precede a slash with numerator figures, and replaces the typographic slash with the fraction slash. In the string 11/17 selected by the user, the application turns the 11 into numerators, and the slash into a fraction slash when the user applies the fraction feature.

Ordinals

Tag: ordn

Function: Replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms for use after figures. One exception to the follows-a-figure rule is the numero character (U+2116), which is actually a ligature substitution, but is best accessed through this feature. The user applies this feature to turn 2.o into 2.o (abbreviation for secundo).

Scientific Inferiors

Tag: sinf

Function: Replaces lining or oldstyle figures with inferior figures (smaller glyphs which sit lower than the standard baseline, primarily for chemical or mathematical notation). May also replace lowercase characters with alphabetic inferiors. The application can use this feature to automatically access the inferior figures (more legible than scaled figures).

Superscript

Tag: sups

Function: Replaces lining or oldstyle figures with superior figures (primarily for footnote indication), and replaces lowercase letters with superior letters (primarily for abbreviated French titles). The application can use this feature to automatically access the superior figures (more legible than scaled figures) for footnotes, or the user can apply it to Mssr to get the classic form.

Stylistic Alternates

Tag: salt

Function: Many fonts contain alternate glyph designs for a purely esthetic effect; these don't always fit into a clear category like swash or historical. As in the case of swash glyphs, there may be more than one alternate form. This feature replaces the default forms with the stylistic alternates. The user applies this feature to Industria to get the alternate form of g.

Subscript

Tag: subs

Function: The "subs" feature may replace a default glyph with a subscript glyph, or it may combine a glyph substitution with positioning adjustments for proper placement. Recommended implementation: First, a single or contextual substitution lookup implements the subscript glyph (GSUB lookup type 1). Then, if the glyph needs repositioning, an application may apply a single adjustment, pair adjustment, or contextual adjustment positioning lookup to modify its position.

Discretionary Ligatures

Tag: dlig

Function: Replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. This feature covers those ligatures which may be used for special effect, at the user's preference. The glyph for ct replaces the sequence of glyphs c t, or U+322E (Kanji ligature for "Friday") replaces the sequence U+91D1 U+66DC U+65E5.

Glyph Composition/Decomposition

Tag: ccmp

Function: To minimize the number of glyph alternates, it is sometimes desired to decompose a character into two glyphs. Additionally, it may be preferable to compose two characters into a single glyph for better glyph processing. This feature permits such composition/decompostion. The feature should be processed as the first feature processed, and should be processed only when it is called. In Syriac, the character 0x0732 is a combining mark that has a dot above AND a dot below the base character. To avoid multiple glyph variants to fit all base glyphs, the character is decomposed into two glyphs...a dot above and a dot below. These two glyphs can then be correctly placed using GPOS. In Arabic it might be preferred to combine the shadda with fatha (0x0651, 0x064E) into a ligature before processing shapes. This allows the font vendor to do special handling of the mark combination when doing further processing without requiring larger contextual rules.

Justification Alternatives

Tag: jalt

Function: Improves justification of text by replacing glyphs with alternate forms specifically designed for this purpose (they would have less or more advance width as need may be). In the Arabic script, providing alternate forms for line final glyphs would result in better justification and reduce the use of tatweels (Kashidas). eg. replacing a Swash Kaf with an alternate form.

These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in d

Tag: Basic Latin

Function: These fonts support the Basic Latin character set. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in different formats. Please review the product information for each font to ensure it will meet your requirements.

These fonts support the Hebrew script. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in different for

Tag: Hebrew

Function: These fonts support the Hebrew script. Each font is Unicode™ encoded, and available in different formats. Please review the product information for each font to ensure it will meet your requirements.