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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 Jewel
Majoor expanded the FF Scala family with four upper-case, ornamental fonts based on the Antiqua. Strong highlights and inlaid decorations are meant to recall various pieces of jewelry. Scala Jewel Crystal, for example, recalls the structure of polished crystals. Diamond and Saphyr have inlaid gemstones in the stems, while Pearl has ovals in the same position. The ornaments are designed so as to be recognized even in small font sizes, so the fonts can be used as decorative variants in all text sizes.
All the fonts in the FF Scala family are co-ordinated in stroke width and X-height and fit each other perfectly. Whether in the typesetting or for other, large projects, you have access to rich and varied design options, not least thanks to the unique Jewel styles.
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