Omega Sans is the featured free font of this edition, we take a look at recognising font styles, dynamic type in Airbnb apps and typography in design systems.

How is it going? Did you get a chance to go on holiday yet? I finally had some time to rest and took the last week off, that’s why this newsletter is one week late.

News

  1. I added back a sample of the Better Web Type book to the website. Feel free to check it out, I hope it will convince you to buy the full book.
  2. I wrote another blog post about quantifying UX for the GitLab blog. This time about the placement of the Clone button on GitLab. Check it out here.

Featured

A guide to recognising font styles

Telling font styles apart was one of the hardest things to do when I started working as a designer. Being self-taught, the only major difference I could see was that a font was either a serif or a sans-serif. But the more I explored, the more I realised how vast the universe of font styles actually is.

Check it out →

Font of the month

Omega Sans

Designed by Anthony James, this is a classic sans-serif typeface built with balanced Bezier curves. You can get the regular weight for free but the whole family comes in 4 weights and only costs $10. This is a great bargain for a cool font that can add some uniqueness to a website.

Cool Articles

Supporting dynamic type at AirBnb

I loved this case study about making the type in AirBnb apps dynamic and thus making them more accessible. Read more →

Building a design system—where to start?

A series of posts about building a design system. I love that it start with typography 👍Read more →

Type in the digital era is a mess

A cool post from Marcin Wichary although a bit long. I’m really glad he raises certain points about how hard it is to design with digital type and the reasons behind these difficulties. Read more →

Did you know?

Have you ever noticed the difference in weights of horizontal versus vertical lines in letters? Optical corrections like these make the letters look more balanced which has a huge impact on the overall appearance of a text. Letter T without optical corrections (left) and with optical corrections (right).

Photo of the month

Got to see some cool examples of typography from early 20th century in the Slovenian gallery of modern art 🙌 @matejlatin.

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

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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