FF Ernestine released

nina's picture

At long last, after three years of work, I am extremely happy to announce the release of my first commercial typeface, FF Ernestine, with FontShop International today!

Microsite with typeface showings and further info:

Get the fonts here:

This typeface took its first little stumbling steps at the CAS Type Design program in Zurich, as well as right here on Typophile, where Ernestine's own critique thread, started in January 2009, has seen it mature quite a bit.
After I stopped posting updates there, I teamed up with Hrant Papazian, who drew an Armenian companion to my Latin design while I was making the Italic. We've drawn four weights, and every font now encompasses almost 1200 glyphs (in the complete "Pro" version).

My warmest thanks to my friend and project partner Hrant, to the brilliant folks at FSI who have taken such good care to make Ernestine really ready for market, to friends and teachers from the CAS 2008 class, and last but most certainly not least to Typophile itself, especially Ben, Craig, Sindre, and everyone else who helped this insane journey reach an actual, tangible end. ♥

Bendy's picture

Fantastic, I'm so thrilled to see FF Ernestine. Well done to both of you.

hrant's picture

My own part in this is "only" two years old. :-) It started when Nina took a leap of
faith and agreed to let me make an Armenian component (nicknamed "Vem", which
means "monolith") and even convinced FSI to publish their first Armenian design!

Now the fun part will be watching Ernestine used widely and wisely.


andreas's picture

Hallo Nina,
die Fonts machen einen guten Eindruck - Gratulation!

Drei Jahre - wie schnell die Zeit vergeht.

Sindre's picture

My very best wishes for Ernestine, and warm congratulations to you both!

eliason's picture

It was great fun to see this develop, and a long-awaited pleasure to see it released. Congrats and best of luck!

exkclamation's picture

Lovely font, great job! I just purchased it and am very excited to put it in use.

Alex Kaczun's picture

Nice work, keep it up!

I especially like the 'ff' ligature solution.

That's different. Interesting...

1996type's picture

I just got the Fontshop.com newsletter and Ernestine really struck me. Beautiful!

schickele's picture

Well done, Nina! Gratuliere!

Chris Keegan's picture


nina's picture

Thanks for all the amazing feedback, here and elsewhere – I am overwhelmed! And so glad to hear that some of you find it useful and nice.

TurtleType's picture

I purchased the font as well, it's wonderful. Thank-You!

William Berkson's picture


Tim Ahrens's picture

Congrats, Nina!

One thing that confuses me: As it seems, you can buy Ernestine either from fontfont.com or from fontshop.com. Only the latter is offering Pro and Offc versions. What's the strategy?

nina's picture

Thanks, all!

Tim: I hope someone from the FSI side will chime in, but as far as I know both fontfont.com and fontshop.com should sell the same versions – 3 formats (OpenType, Office, Web) × 2 character set «sizes» (Standard & Pro). On fontfont.com, after you hit «Buying Options» you should be able to select both file format and character set.

Tim Ahrens's picture

Ah, thanks for the clarification. Of course, it's controlled by the buttons. Somehow, I (or some part of my brain) was expecting these options to appear in the lists below so I missed them.

akira1975's picture

Congrats, Nina. I love Ernestine and purchased it, as I told you on Twitter.

Max Phillips's picture

Warm, clear, lively, and strong. Mazel tov, Nina and Hrant!

nina's picture

Thank you warmly, gentlemen.

Thomas Phinney's picture

This is a really nice addition to the humanist slab genre. It makes a good alternative to Archer and Adelle, among others.

JamesT's picture

Congratulations to both of you! I plan on using this "wisely" in the near future

Jan's picture

Late to the party.
I was about to wonder if it would ever be released ;-)

hrant's picture

Dude, 2-3 years is nothing. :-)


nina's picture

It sure felt like a long time. But as I was doing this for the first time I also did a bunch of things in really roundabout ways (and/or multiple times: for instance the spacing of the Roman was completely re-done 3 times over the course of the project). I am sort of hoping the next one will be quicker. Too daunting otherwise :-)

Santiago Orozco's picture

Congratulations Nina, it looks beautiful! :-)

hrant's picture

BTW, one hopefully interesting factoid is that Ernestine
is the first* retail font to have used the Trapping Flower**,
which Nina leveraged comprehensively and consistently.
In fact I used the parameters she nailed down for the Latin
when I trapped the Armenian. :-)

* Actually, I should say the first that I know of,
since I've explained the thing to numerous designers.

** http://themicrofoundry.com/ss_trapping1.html


nina's picture

Thanks again for all the nice comments. It's truly beautiful to see this out there now and received so warmly after all the work!

I just wanted to put in a friendly reminder that the outrageously cheap (no, really) introduction sale on FF Ernestine Pro family packages* is only good for 2 more days. On 1/1/2012 all prices will hit «normal» levels.

*Specifically, intro prices are good for all 3 «Pro» family packages: OT Pro, Offc Pro, and Web Pro.

hrant's picture

Ideally of course you should have too much fun for New Year's,
forget to buy it at the steep discount, and then kick yourself and
make a New Year's Resolution to fork over the full amount. ;->


sim's picture

Good work Nina! Have a great year sales. \·>

Mister K's picture

ÜBERКРУТО – Want Armenians in the K FAMILY too!


sevag's picture

That would be remarkable Mister K.


brockfrench's picture

So good!

alex scholing's picture

nice one, love it!

nina's picture

Thanks! :-)

I'm beginning to see the appeal of seeing one's fonts used by other people. Loving it. Definitely something to continue...

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