FF Ernestine was born from the search for a versatile monolinear text typeface whose design could encompass seemingly opposite feelings. Its designer Nina Stössinger wanted to develop a solution that would feel warm, but also serious; slightly feminine, but not too swirly-girly; charming and sturdy at the same time. The typeface's rather large x-height and wide, open shapes enable it to work well in small sizes. Ligatures, stylistic and contextual alternates, a selection of arrows, and two sizes of small caps enrich the fonts' typographic palette. Stössinger first drew the Roman as a study project at the postgraduate Type Design program in Zürich. The typeface then took a multi-script turn: an Armenian extension was developed together with Hrant Papazian. FF Ernestine's Latin and Armenian base cuts are relatively independent master designs, unified by color and apparent size, as well as by their similar typographic mood. Both are culturally authentic and specifically optimized for their respective script.