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A humanist sans serif font designed by Steve Matteson.
Open Sans was designed with an upright stress, but still feels humanist due to its open apertures, double-decker g, and humanist italic. It has a similar x-height to Verdana, but has a lighter stroke weight, and even more clarity (legibility) at smaller sizes. The bold feels a bit heavy, but retains legibility. There is also a semi-bold for use when the bold is too heavy.
I categorize Tisa Web Pro as an “Other Serif” font, because it does not fall neatly into any of the general historic categories commonly used to describe serif type. According to Miklavčič, the intent was to “develop a softer, more dynamic version of a nineteenth-century slab serif wood type.”
Tisa’s almost-slab serifs are slightly tapered, its aperture is open and humanist, its bowls have an implied stress, its x-height is generous. The font gracefully mixes-and-matches various historic approaches to font design, resulting in a slightly “square” or “structured” feeling font with humanist qualities. The bold is acceptable, but slightly too heavy for my personal preference.
Tisa Web Pro works well cross browser. 4 styles are available via typekit. The full family (10 styles, including a medium weight which is slightly lighter than the bold) is available for licensing via fontshop.
A sans serif font by Jos Buivenga (exljbris.com). With its perfectly round o and almost circular bowls, Museo Sans has some geometric elements. On the other hand, its double-decker g and soft foot terminal on the l feel humanist. I categorize it as a geometric sans serif font, because when text set in Museo Sans 500 is compared to a range of sans serif fonts it feels more geometric than humanist. Museo Sans 500 has a slightly smaller x-height than Verdana.
The Museo Sans family has 10 fonts (various styles, weights). All are available for web licensing at fontspring.com. In the font specimen sheet, I show only Museo Sans 500 and Museo Sans 500 italic, which are free fonts. I combine them with Museo 700, a bold font from a different family, but a family with a similar structure. The full family is also available via typekit.