FF Tundra is a compact serif typeface with stressed forms and soft contours. Its concept grew out of an investigation into narrow letterforms and optimal readability. To avoid a fence-effect, FF Tundra’s letterforms emphasise horizontal movement. Strong serifs and flat shoulders (see n) are combined with open counters and heavy endings (see a, e, f) with a moderate degree of stroke contrast to achieve a balanced, legible typeface that is soft and Humanist.
FF Tundra was designed for use in continuous text, but it is also suitable for general use in magazines and for headlines – especially the Extra Light. Short ascenders and descenders make it suit to headlines, subheads, and columns. The design’s characteristics are sure to work in newspapers as well. The family consists of six weights from Extra Light to Bold, each with Italics and Small Caps and many OpenType layout features.
The Making of FF Tundra on I love typography.
Review by Caren Litherland on Typographica.
FF Tundra fonts contain various OpenType features, which provide advanced typographic performance and can be accessed by almost all professional layout software.
Turns lowercase characters into Small Capitals.
All Small Capitals
Turns lowercase and uppercase characters into Small Capitals. It also replaces numerals and punctuation marks with small caps variants.
Case Sensitive Forms
When the ‘change to caps’ function is applied from within an application (not when text is typed in caps) appropriate case-sensitive forms are automatically applied. Regular brackets, parentheses, dashes and hyphens are replaced with their capital forms. This feature also changes Oldstyle Figures to Lining Figures automatically.
This features replaces the regular ‘f’ with a narrower version to avoid collisions with following characters.
Standard ligatures are those which are designed to improve the kerning and readability of certain letter pairs. For example, when this feature is activated, typing ‘f’ and ‘i’ will automatically produce the ‘fi’ ligature. Using ligatures does not affect the spelling and hyphenation of your text in any way.
This feature replaces a sequence of glyphs with a single glyph which is preferred for typographic purposes. Discretionary ligatures are off by default in Adobe applications.
FF Tundra fonts contain various styles of numerals within each font. Proportional Oldstyle Figures with their ascenders and descenders come standard as they work well in running text. The proportional Lining Figures feature changes standard figures to Lining Figures which are specifically designed to work well with capital letters.
Tabular figures are for use in tables where numerals need to be aligned vertically. Tabular Figures are available as an OpenType feature and have a fixed width in all weights. FF Tundra fonts include Oldstyle and Lining Tabular Figures.
To avoid confusion between a zero and the ‘o’ character, a slashed zero glyph is available.
FF Tundra fonts already include a number of pre-designed diagonal fractions. The fraction feature allows you to create other fractions quickly and easily.
Superscript / superiors
Replaces all figures with their superior alternates, which can be used for footnotes, formulas, etc.
Subscript / inferiors
Replaces all figures with their inferior alternates, used primarily for mathematical or chemical notation.
This feature replaces the default s with a long s.
This feature replaces default alphabetic glyphs with the corresponding ordinal forms for use after figures.