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Visually, Source Pro looks comfortable, with some revisions to font weights and works within the current vertical rhythym.

It is Adobe's first typeface, and was conceived as a typeface for user interfaces. The creation of the typeface was inspired by the forms of the American Type Founders' Gothic by Morris Fuller Benton.

The typeface has wide language support for Latin script, including Western and Eastern European languages.

It is part of a broad family including serif, monospaced, and CJK (see below, Source Hans Sans) fonts which should help to ensure harmony across a wide variety of uses for the Uni's digital presence.

Comparisons - Source Pro

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Noto (Google)

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Noto helps to make the web more beautiful across platforms for all languages.

Currently, Noto covers over 30 scripts, and will cover all of Unicode in the future. This is the Sans Latin, Greek and Cyrillic family. It has Regular, Bold, Italic and Bold Italic styles and is hinted.

It is derived from Droid, and like Droid it has a serif sister family, Noto Serif.

Noto fonts for many other languages are available as web fonts from the Google Web Fonts Early Access page.

Noto fonts are intended to be visually harmonious across multiple languages, with compatible heights and stroke thicknesses.

For the currently released Noto fonts see

Comparisons - Noto

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  1. What typefaces do we currently use?
  2. Peer review - What typefaces do our peers use and how are our peers delivering their web fonts?
  3. Pros and cons of our current set up
  4. The options available to us


  • Fontspring
  • Typekit



Please note that

  • Normal and Bold fonts are scaled to 113% and 115% of Source Sans Pro counterparts respectively
  • Half-width Latin glyphs are strictly half widths of ideograms

How these changes would affect Origins

We also need to consider how these typeface changes will affect other aspects of the website. Origins, our legacy design system, uses a combination of serif and sans-serif to complement each other.

From initial investigations (importing the typefaces and updating the font attributes in Inspect Element), these two can be directly replaced with Source Sans/Serif Pro without too much trouble, but inevitably will look at lot different and require a lot of ground work to make sure it works correctly everywhere and doesn't produce any bugs.

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