Ubuntu font family is a humanist sans-serif typeface, designed to be modern with an intended coverage of thirteen fonts.
The Ubuntu Font Family are a set of matching new libre/open fonts in development during 2010-2011. The development is being funded by Canonical Ltd on behalf of the wider Free Software community and the Ubuntu project. The technical font design work and implementation are being undertaken by Dalton Maag.
Both the final font Truetype/OpenType files and the design files used to produce the font family are distributed under an open license and you are expressly encouraged to experiment, modify, share, and improve.
The new Ubuntu Font Family was started to enable the personality of Ubuntu to be seen and felt in every menu, button, and dialog. The typeface is sans-serif, uses OpenType features, and is manually hinted at for clarity on desktop and mobile computing screens. The font has been designed primarily for use on-screen displays, and its spacing and kerning are optimized for body copy sizes.
The Ubuntu Font Family is the default font for the current and development releases of the Ubuntu operating system and is used for the Ubuntu project branding. It has been included in the Google Fonts directory, making it easily available for web typography, and as of April 26, 2011, it is included for use in Google Docs.
The scope of Ubuntu includes all the languages used by the various Ubuntu users around the world in tune with Ubuntu’s philosophy which states that every user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice. So the Ubuntu Font Family project will be extended to cover many more written languages.
The final development is intended to include a total of thirteen fonts consisting of:
- Ubuntu in Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic
- Ubuntu Monospace in Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic
- Ubuntu Light in Regular, Italic
- Ubuntu Medium in Regular, Italic
- Ubuntu Condensed in Regular only