Setting Type for User Interfaces

Billy Whited explains the importance and characteristics of a great typeface in UI.

Good typesetting is an exercise in subtlety, and a demonstration of skill and sensitivity—to context, form, and user needs. As UI designers, it’s important to remember that our goal is not to distract users with superfluous details, but to ease the burden of their work and help them get stuff done.

My favorites 4 are:

  • Lucida Grande (used by Facebook)
  • Open Sans (Dropbox)
  • Source Sans Pro (Digg) and
  • FF Scala (Readmill and A Way Back)

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