FF Scuba is a readable contemporary sans, with a distinctive character. The initial concept for the family emerged during designer Felix Braden’s search for an offline companion for the Verdana Typeface. After he couldn’t find the exact tone that he was looking for, he set off on the development of a new series of types.
In text, resulting FF Scuba’s feeling is a bit tighter and more condensed than Verdana, which is exactly what one would expect from a typeface tooled to the needs of print-media, rather than on-screen reading only. Still at small sizes, FF Scuba blends well with Verdana. In larger sizes, its particular originality is revealed. The design combines constructed letters, like an almost rectangular o and stems that are tapering inwards as they reach their ends, with dynamic strokes and other written elements. This mix giving the typeface a lively touch, while still keeping it true to its technical roots.
The family’s eight weights—each with companion Italics—range from Thin to Black. All of the fonts work quite well for body copy. The Pro versions support Fontfont’s Latin Extended character set, and each font contains four figure styles, too. FF Scuba is also available as manually hintet webfonts!