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Why the US Government Just Made Its Own Font

While most of the changes won’t be terribly interesting to anyone who doesn’t build websites for a living, one big change caught our eye: the federal government has created its own bespoke typeface for the project, fittingly named Public Sans.

Coolest thing I have seen about the government in quite some time.

Fortunately, the GSA is releasing Public Sans under the SIL Open Font License, so designers working on projects outside of the federal government will be able to freely utilize the new typeface.

I actually used to run a call center program for the General Services Administration (GSA).

Font Hinting and the Future of Responsive Typography

Type and web designers usually think of “hinting” as instructions built into digital fonts to improve their rendering on a grid of pixels. Hinting pushes the points of a font’s Bézier curves around according to contextual conditions, such as the font’s rendering size. Though it’s now associated with type on screens, hinting was first used in the 1980s to improve rendering on low-resolution printers.

Nick Sherman delivers a fascinating breakdown on font hunting and how responsive font design and rendering will continue to evolve.