Source Serif is the featured font, we take a look at how variable fonts should be prepared and used on the web as well as why some companies decide to Open Source their fonts.

I hope you’re safe and doing well. I’m still pretty much stuck at home and I think I’ve been working too much. Things are starting to get better here in Slovenia though, so I hope we’ll go back to normal soon.

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👨‍💻 I just finished writing chapter 4 out of 5 for my new course—UX Buddy, so I’m 80% done! If you’re thinking about switching jobs and you’re a UX or a product designer, check it out!

Featured

How to prepare and use variable fonts on the web

This is something that I’ll dive into at some point so it went straight into my bookmarks. Trevor Harmon, a web developer looks into how exactly should variable fonts be prepared and used on the web. It’s a short read but goes into details too.

Check it out →

Font of the month

Source Serif

I only learned this from an article included in this edition of the newsletter—Source Serif is an Open Source font by Adobe. This is a high-quality serif font that comes in 6 weights and corresponding italic styles and it works so well for longer texts on websites. Because it’s Open Source, you should be able to get it with a free Adobe Fonts account.

Check it out →

Cool Articles

These people really care about fonts
A New York Times article looking into how type designers obsess over the smallest details in typefaces that are present everywhere.

Open Source fonts are love letters to the design community
Have you ever wondered why companies and type foundries release their fonts as Open Source? This article from Wired tries to answer that.

When idea, copy, art, and typography become inseparable
This article is more of a “big picture” thing and it’s interesting how all these things can be combined to tell a story in an interesting way.

New resources

SnapFont
Replace a font on the website with any font from Google Fonts. The easiest way to test different fonts in a real environment!

Photo of the month

I’ve been working hard on my new project UX Buddy. A lot of research and thinking is going into it and there are days when I wrote 6,000 words in 3-4 hours. Usually during the weekends. I’m so excited and can’t wait to release it soon! @matejlatin

About the Author

Matej is a Senior Product 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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