FF Ernestine is a wide, sturdy wedge/slab serif text face that aims to combine no-bullshit clarity with a friendly attitude. Its wide, open shapes and clear details lend it stability down to very small sizes (and at low resolutions). A range of ligatures, stylistic & contextual alternates, arrows, and two sizes of smallcaps enrich its palette.
The design started out as a study project for the CAS Type Design postgraduate program in Zurich in late 2008, and was finally published in late 2011. Hrant Papazian contributed an Armenian counterpart (nicknamed Vem) that shares the personable character of the family while optimizing the proportions for the Armenian script; it pairs especially harmoniously with the Italic.
FF Ernestine has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD), an Out of Box Award, and an Award of Excellence from Communication Arts; it was selected for the Creative Review Type Annual, and featured on the annual best-of lists of FontShop, Typefacts, and Fontwerk.
FF Ernestine in use
FF Ernestine Pro character set