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Category Sans-serif
Designer(s) Albert-Jan Pool
Foundry FontFont

FF DIN is a realist sans-serif typeface designed in 1995 by Albert-Jan Pool, based on DIN-Mittelschrift and DIN-Engschrift, as defined in the German standard DIN 1451.[1] DIN is an acronym for Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute of Standardisation).

At a 1994 meeting of the ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale) in San Francisco, Pool encountered Erik Spiekermann, who encouraged him to design a revival of DIN 1451 for release by FontFont, the type foundry Spiekermann had just established. Today, FF DIN is one of the foundry’s best-selling typefaces.[2]

Sharing structural similarities with DIN 1451, FF DIN differs in its weight distribution and naming conventions, and has a far wider character set. It includes ranging (old style) figures and several refinements that allow it to perform better as a print and screen text face.[3]

The family includes five font weights in two widths (Normal and Condensed), each with italics. The entire family includes extended characters such as arrows, fractions, Euro sign, lozenge, mathematical symbols, extra accented Latin letters, and superscript numeral figures. Alternate glyphs include rounded dots, old style figures, and alternate cedilla. With time Eastern European, Greek and Cyrillic character sets have been added as well.

Distinctive characteristics of FF DIN[edit]

  • square dot with extra whitespace above the lower case i
  • rounded/extended shoulder of the lower case r
  • straight leg of the uppercase R
  • straight spur of the lower case a
  • the geometric apostrophe with the bottom slant

FF DIN Round[edit]

In summer 2010, FontFont introduced a completely new drawn round version called FF DIN Round, including five weights (Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black). Assisted by Ivo Gabrowitsch of FontShop International, Albert-Jan Pool wrote the brochure FF DIN Round – digital block letters.[4] It provides additional information on both the design and the history of round sans serif typefaces. FF DIN Round Pro also includes a Cyrillic character set for all weights.

Popular usage[edit]


  1. ^ "Can the typefaces we see around us on highway signs be turned into usable fonts for general use? Sometimes". Creativepro.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  2. ^ "FontFont's current top 5 bestsellers". Fontfont.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  3. ^ Spiekermann, Erik. "Comments on Typophile thread". Typophile. Archived from the original on April 10, 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "FF DIN Round". Issuu.com. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  5. ^ "FF DIN in use :: A FontFont Focus by FontShop". Dinfont.com. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  6. ^ "The Verge Logo and Website". Fonts In Use. 2013-11-19. 
  7. ^ "The Wolf of Wall Street movie posters". Fonts In Use. 2014-01-08. 
  8. ^ "Font in creative design". 2014-09-21. 
  • Blackwell, Lewis. 20th Century Type. Yale University Press: 2004. ISBN 0-300-10073-6.
  • Fiedl, Frederich, Nicholas Ott and Bernard Stein. Typography: An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Through History. Black Dog & Leventhal: 1998. ISBN 1-57912-023-7.
  • Macmillan, Neil. An A–Z of Type Designers. Yale University Press: 2006. ISBN 0-300-11151-7.
  • Spiekermann, Erik; Middendorp, Jan: Made with FontFont, Book Industry Services (BIS): 2006, ISBN 978-90-6369-129-5
  • DIN 1451-2: Schriften–Serifenlose Linear-Antiqua–Verkehrsschrift. Deutsches Institut für Normung, 1986-2002.
  • ACLU Identity Guidelines

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