FF Kievit™ is a humanist sans serif font designed by Michael Abbink and released in 2001 by FontFont. It is available in nine weights, contains old style figures, small caps and true italics.
FF Kievit History
FF Kievit&™ was first conceived by Mike Abbink in 1995 as part of a project he was working on when still a Bachelor of Fine Arts student in Pasadena, CA. Abbinks had been already been designing typefaces for about 3 years prior to the initial version of FF Kievit, but did not actually release Kievit for another 6 years, eventually completing the development of the typeface for Method Inc., a client at the time. Paul Van der Laan with whom Abbink was working at FontFont, also contributed to FF Kievit. The resulting typeface is a very clear and sharp font that is still extremely legible in small point sizes. This inevitably makes the typeface suitable for use in small print applications.
Abbink has stated his perspective on the creation of fronts and declared a “Gestaltist” approach to typeface design. In simple terms this means looking at the typeface as a whole entity rather than the individual characters and forms that make it up. The idea is to produce typefaces that look “comfortable” to the reader and is achieved by ensuring compatibility of shape across every character and glyph. FF Kievit was always intended to be a versatile yet unpretentious typeface and might be viewed as rather plain; this neutrality of appearance is actually what makes this font very useful in design and printed copy.
The simplistic shapes were inspired by some classic typefaces that we are all very familiar with – Univers® and Frutiger - and some older styles such as Granjon® and Garamond™. The result was a contemporary font that is equally suited to both body text and headlines. It was some time in the making so the end result is a highly polished typeface that despite its apparent lack of uniqueness or character is a popular choice in many applications. Due to its extreme legibility, a particular design aim of Abbink, FF Kievit is particularly suited to applications where small point sizes are used. It has good clarity down to 6 points making it a good option for labeling and other small-print applications.
In order to broaden the potential for FF Kievit, the number of languages covered was increased to provide full European language support including Cyrillic, Greek, Scandinavian, Baltic, Eastern European, Slavic, and Turkish versions.
FF Kievit Usage
The Signage for the New York Public Library uses FF Kievit. It is also the corporate typeface for Autodesk Inc., the AutoCAD software giant.
DE:BUG a lifestyle magazine from Germany uses FF Kievit for all its body text.
FontFont use FF Kievit as the main typeface in their catalog.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses