About Open Sans Font
Open Sans Font is a sans serif typeface family designed by Steve Matteson. According to Google, it is designed based on the concept of “the importance of honesty, an open form of expression, and a neutral but friendly appearance”, and “for print, the Internet, and the readability of mobile devices. Optimized.” Its design is almost the same as Droid Sans, except for a wider word width and a variant that includes italics. Droid Sans is mainly used for user interface fonts on some Android phones, and Open Sans is used for some of Google’s web pages and its printing and online advertising.
Open Sans Font was used in the Android system before Droid Sans, the same font from the hands of Steve Matteson. The design of the two is similar, but the Open Sans font family is more complete and can be considered an enhanced version of Droid Sans. Open Sans mainly adopts Frutiger’s basic shape, slightly adjusting width (lettering design is wider than Frutiger) with pen end, style, adjust font-weight and word spacing to adapt to the grid and add double g for stretching.
For example, leaving aside the background of Open Sans, as a set of fonts, it inherits the design advantages of Frutiger, so it is easy to use, easy to recognize, and easy to read. You can see many excellent examples in daily websites (such as Google, Dropbox, etc.).
Open Sans Font offers a large number of variants under an open license clause. Open Sans has five weights ranging from Light to Extra Bold and each has an italic version, for a total of 10 variables. In addition, there is a separate version called Open Sans Condensed that provides 3 font width variants. Compared with Droid Sans, it has a real cursive italic. This makes its application range wider, from the title to the body you can find the right weight. Moreover, the character set is also large, it contains 897 glyphs, covering the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets with a wide range of diacritics, and general European languages should be available.
Going back to the glyph design itself, We think Open Sans belongs to the category of Frutiger and Myriad in the humanistic sans serif. It is clear and neutral, but without losing the style, it will not go to the feeling of Grotesk-type fonts.
Open Sans Light font performance is very well. If you don’t have the budget to buy fonts, we recommend you to use Open Sans to try different layout designs. It would be a very good choice.
The effect is quite good when used in screen display, and it should be regarded as one of the most used Web Fonts currently. We haven’t tried it for printing, but the effect should not be bad. The font has some OpenType features, such as scale/constant width number switching, old-style numbers, and an alternate letter style containing a single layer of g. However, compared with Source Sans, which is also an open-source font, there are fewer OpenType features.
In general, although Open Sans is an open source and free font, its quality is not low, on the contrary, it is quite good.
Open Sans Font Pair Well With
Open Sans Font Best Used For
Open Sans can be used for projects with large texts – such as books, newspapers, annual reports, brochures, most magazines, etc. Also for small text settings – such as captions, credits, and headlines, as well as text in charts and graphs.
- Light Italic
- Regular Italic
- SemiBold Italic
- Bold Italic
- ExtraBold Italic
- Open Sans Condensed Light
- Open Sans Condensed Light Italic
- Open Sans Condensed Bold