On Wed, 2010-04-28 at 17:02 -0400, William Jon McCann wrote:
> Firstly, I should have been more clear that I would like to see Droid
> Sans be considered for the default UI font - not document font.
> I am not a typography expert. For my part, I think Droid looks a lot
> better and it was designed from the start to be a UI font, where
> DejaVu was not.
> My designer colleagues in Fedora and GNOME are much more knowledgeable
> about this and I've asked them to chime in with some details.
I just wanted to chime in, although note my typographic background is
limited to a half-semester typography course, multiple failed attempts
at font design, and reading Ellen Lupton books, so your mileage may
vary. That being said:
I've always thought of DejaVu / Bitstream Vera as a slightly uglier
clone of MS Verdana. Vera / Verdana - the names are similar. As to
ugliness/awkwardness, see .
(they use Verdana - but open it
up in Inkscape and type over to compare the two
It appears to be fairly equivalent to Verdana for better viewing of
webpages designed for verdana (a fairly ubiquitous font). They are both
specifically designed for screen viewing - however Verdana was designed
in the early-to-mid-90's (I'm guessing Vera was too) when the average
screen resolution was probably 800x600 at best (today it's a pretty
reasonable guess your worst resolution is 1024x600 on a netbook.)
Droid Sans has a lot more personality than those two - to me it is a lot
friendlier & less stiff. The letterforms are very humanist
(human-hand/calligraphy-inspired.) It's a humanist sans-serif like Gill
Sans - which I think gives it a warmer feel - little calligraphic
touches like the g's bowled descender and the curved & tapered serifs &
finials on the letters. Deja Vu is a colder font - like a Helvetica /
transitional sans-serif - it is rather anonymous/neutral-looking and has
far less line-width variation. Where Droid Sans has tapering and curves,
Deja Vu has hard angles and straight-cuts.
It might be worth starting a thread on typophile.
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