Category Archives: 10 Styles

Open Sans


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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.

Open Sans comes in 10 styles. It holds up well cross browser. The whole fam­ily is avail­able on both Type­kit and Google Web Fonts.

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Tisa Web Pro


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A serif font designed by Mitja Miklavčič and pub­lished by font­font.

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.

Filed under "Other Serif", 10 Styles, 4 Styles, Other Source, TypeKit |

Museo Sans 500


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museo sans exampleA sans serif font by Jos Buiv­enga ( 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 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.

Filed under 10 Styles, FontSpring, Geometric Sans Serif, TypeKit |