Lato Font

Lato Font
Lato Font
Lato Font
Lato Font

About Lato Font

Lato Font is a sans-serif typeface family, it was created by Polish designer Lukasz Dziedzic. Thanks to its geometric shapes, it is remarkably stable and balances out any detailed serif.

In the summer of 2010, a large bank commissioned Łukasz Dziedzic to create a new typeface. The newly created project was called Lato which means “Summer” in Polish. At the last moment, the bank withdrew from the order that a Polish designer was implementing for it, which was left with a ready, but not sold, font. So Lato went “to the drawer”, where it remained until winter.

In December 2010, Łukasz Dziedzic decided to put his font on the web and make it possible to use it for free under the Open Font license on the Google Fonts website. Lato is a sans-serif, extended family of 400 glyphs in 10 styles.

The design idea went into creating a typeface that would appear “transparent” when used in the text but would have some original features when used in larger sizes. He used classical proportions (especially visible in capital letters) to give the letterforms familiar harmony and elegance. In recent years, Lato Font has grown to over 4,000 glyphs in 18 styles – a total increase from around 4,000 characters to 50,000. Lato is now available in all Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek alphabets.

Dziedzic created an elegant, two-element sans-serif look. The semi-rounded details of the letters are meant to give Lato a feeling of warmth and gentleness, while the strong structure provides stability and seriousness. However, delicate nuances, such as subtle curves in the letter “t”: the crossbar pointing down, while the shaft tilted to the right, the balanced thickness of the lines forming, g “catch the eye and seem friendly”.

Łukasz Dziedzic’s work has two endings: one ending side rounded, while the opposite one is cut at right angles, the second type of end is a cut stem/beam at right angles. The creator managed to combine letters of gentle shapes (g, m, s) with letters of hard and strong structure (z, ż, +) the whole is represented as a harmonious and harmonious font. Today, according to the Google repository, Lato Font is the third most popular font in the world after the comrades Roboto and Open Sans.

The numbers are the main proof of Lato Font’s popularity. The third most popular font in Google Fonts in 2018 was Lato, designed by Łukasz Dziedzic. Lato has been in the top three Google Fonts since 2015 and saw a 23% increase in popularity in 2018. Views in 2018: 426,099,15,040.

Based on it, another headset was created – Carlito, which is distributed as part of LibreOffice and is metrically compatible with Calibri, the default Microsoft Office font since 2007.

Lato Font can be seen almost everywhere, around the world – apart from websites, the typeface can be found on city lights, information boards, and even in the presidential elections in 2015, it was used by both the staff of Bronisław Komorowski and Paweł Kukiz. It also very often appears in student projects.

Lato Best Used For

Lato is a font that looks interesting both alone and with a company. It suitable for websites, films, magazines, headers, logos, TV, UI, badge, packaging, headlines, posters, printing, articles, titles, editorials, publishing, logos, branding, it is perfect for both small and large text usage.

Including Styles

  • Hairline
  • Hairline Italic
  • Thin
  • Thin Italic
  • Light
  • Light Italic
  • Regular
  • Italic
  • Medium
  • Medium Italic
  • Semibold
  • Semibold Italic
  • Bold
  • Bold Italic
  • Heavy
  • Heavy Italic
  • Black
  • Black Italic

Lato Font Pairing

It goes well with both serif typefaces and those that do not have serifs, with classic, modern or decorative letters. For example:

Free for personal and commercial use.
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