Marvin Visions is the featured free font of this edition, we also take a look at how AirBnb introduced a custom typeface to their UI and the difference between variable and parametric fonts.

I hope you celebrated the arrival of 2019 well and in style. I took some time off and I’m only catching up now, that’s why this newsletter is a bit late 😅

News

  1. I had some time during the holidays so I spent it redesigning and updating the book website. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
  2. I decided to write another book about web typography. More details coming soon, stay tuned!

Featured

Google font pairings: font combinations that look good

Font pairings are always fun, I love going through galleries of font combinations and see how others combined fonts differently than I do. This article is cool because it groups Google fonts (free fonts) and explains why combinations work well.

Font of the month

Marvin Visions

Marvin Visions is a modern and consistent reinterpretation of Marvin, a typeface originally designed by Michael Chave in 1969 and published by Face Photosetting. It has been revived and expanded by Mathieu Triay for the identity of Visions, a new science fiction magazine. There are two things about this font that are pure awesomeness: 1) you can get it as a variable font and 2) the presentation of the font.

Cool Articles

Working type

A case study of how AirBnb introduced their new custom typeface to their UI.

What’s the difference between variable and parametric fonts?

Shapeshifting fonts are becoming better and more common. Learn the difference now.

Did you know?

The Better Web Type logo is actually the oldest typographical ornament called Hedera (meaning “ivy” in Latin). Some sources suggest that it has been in use since early Greek inscriptions, mostly as an inline character to indicate paragraphs or on a line itself to divide paragraphs.

Photo of the month

My stack of typography books so far. I’ve bought two more since taking this photo. @matejlatin

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That’s it for this month, see you in February! 👋

Cheers,
Matej

About the Author

Matej is a Senior UX Designer at GitLab and the author of the Better Web Type project. Originally from Slovenia but his passion for simple and usable design took him on a journey through Germany, Luxembourg, London and all the way to Edinburgh in Scotland. He thrives in the grey area between design and development.

@matejlatin | matejlatin.co.uk

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