Cooper Hewitt is the featured free font of this edition, we take a look at articles about font metrics, interface typography and typography in design systems.

Hello from Slovenia! 🇸🇮 After 6 years of living abroad, I moved back to Slovenia. I enjoyed all of these past 6 years (especially the last one in Scotland) but felt like the time was right to come back. Anyway, here’s what’s new in the world of web typography.

News

I’ll be simplifying my business at the end of this month which means that I’ll discontinue the printed version of my book. This will help me focus on other things that I want to do. So if you want a printed copy of the book, you can still get it now.

Featured

Intro to Font Metrics

Take a look behind the fonts and how the metrics that type designers encode in them help shape perfect words, sentences and paragraphs.

Font of the month

Cooper Hewitt

Robin K. got in touch after the last newsletter and told me how much he loves the Cooper Hewitt font. I didn’t know it at the time so I had to check it out. It’s a contemporary sans serif with geometric influences. The best part is that it comes in many weights!

Cool Articles

Interface typography and sans serifs

Have you ever noticed that most user interfaces use a sans serif font? Web-based apps, mobile apps, computer operating systems. Can you think of one that uses a serif font? In this article, Johannes Neumeier takes a deep look into why that’s the case.​

Typography in design systems

Dan Mall takes a look at how we think about typography in design systems and challenges it. This is a topic that interests me lately and that I want to explore further.

New Resources

Interactive Typography Cheatsheet

A cool interactive cheatsheet with names for all parts of letters. Great for learning about typeface anatomy.

Did you know?

In 1816 William Caslon IV created the first typeface without any serifs at all. This was the start of what we now consider Sans Serif typefaces but it was widely rebuked at the time.

Photo of the month

My favourite writing spot with a lovely view of the Edinburgh castle. Out of the 6 years abroad, the one in Edinburgh was the most memorable and the one I enjoyed the most. I’ll sure miss this beautiful city. @matejlatin.

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

Cheers,
Matej

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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