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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

  • Efteling, Dutch theme park
  • Efteling, Dutch theme park
  • Jesper Wung-Sung: Kommer let, går let; poems, Denmark 2015
  • Jesper Wung-Sung: Kommer let, går let; poems, Denmark 2015
  • Venco licorice packaging, Netherlands
  • Esquire NL magazine
  • Esquire NL magazine
  • Bäuerinnenkalender beider Basel, 2015
  • Bäuerinnenkalender beider Basel, 2015
  • T-Shirt by Kneadle Inc., California
  • FontFont banner
  • Spurenelemente, German photography journal
  • German booth at Beijing Education Fair 2010
  • Back cover of a German book on “Neuro-Aesthetics”
  • A book on the Slovenian parliament building
  • A book on the Slovenian parliament building
  • Badge design by Nadine Roßa

FF Ernestine Pro character set

Character Set FF Ernestine Pro