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FF Scala: a perfectly equipped font family group, for more than just text setting
In the mid-1980s, Martin Majoor worked as a designer for the Vredenburg Music Center in the Dutch city of Utrecht. At that time, one of the relatively new DTP systems was available to him. However, none of the only 16 installed PostScript fonts could satisfy his professional demands for text setting. He did not have any old style figures, for example, or small caps or ligatures. Majoor decided to compensate for this lack with his own font, Scala. The font was released in 1991 as the first real text font from the newly formed FontShop. A few years later, a sans companion was added and subsequently the font became a continuously growing super family. Today, FF Scala®, FF Scala® Sans and the ornamental font FF Scala® Jewel are available as well-equipped OpenType fonts, and not only for text setting.
FF Scala Sans
The sans serif variant, which appeared a few years after the FF Scala, not only opened up new applications for the font, but also increased greatly the popularity of the Scala family.
Martin Majoor did not simply remove the serifs from FF Scala, however. He revised every single character. The most striking result is the reduced stroke width, adapted to a sans. All the same, the characteristic, sharp forms reminiscent of a fountain pen remain in FF Scala Sans. The same applies to the dynamic forms of the italic, which are similar to the Antiqua cursive, unusually diverse and energetic for a sans.
In addition to the two Regular and Bold weights, which harmonize with FF Scala, Majoor also designed the leaner Light and the bolder Black, each with a matching italic. The Condensed styles are also included for the upright, middle weights, familiar from the Antiqua, as well as the hand pictograms.
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