[Design-team] Fedora Branding Fonts

Máirín Duffy duffy at fedoraproject.org
Fri Jul 2 18:02:24 UTC 2010

Hi folks!

I put together a wiki page on our Fedora font discussion from our team
meeting on Tuesday:


Here's a summary of the page, but please feel free to modify it and add
any additional font suggestions you've got! We'll collect font
suggestions at next Tuesday's meeting as well!

The Problem 
MgOpen Modata doesn't support accent marks very well. For example, I
(Máirín) can't write my own name in MgOpen Modata. This became a big
problem when Luya, one of our designers, put together 'Muffin', the
French Fedora Community magazine. Luya ended up using the font Comfortaa
for Muffin so the French language was understandable!

Another problem, somewhat orthogonal to the i18n problem, is that the
logotype for the Fedora project is Bryant2, a closed and quite expensive

      * The font must support accent marks for the Latin-based character
        sets we support. 
      * The font must be open source. If a suitable 'free' font is
        found, we must come to an agreement on changing the license to
        one acceptable for inclusion on Fedora with the font author
        before it may be used.
      * The font shouldn't be too much of a departure from our brand.
        Ideally the headline font could replace the Bryant2 in our logo
        without much non-designer notice!

The Proposal 
We should put together a proposal for the following fonts:

      * Official Headline Font - to be used both on-screen and in print.
      * Official Screen body text font - to be used in on-screen media
        (websites, electronic docs, etc.)
      * Official Print body text font - to be used in print media, such
        as newsletters.
      * CJKV headline font - to coordinate
      * Indic headline font - to coordinate

In the design team meeting on 29 June 2010, our initial cut at a
proposal (without much research into alternative fonts) was:

      * Official Headline font - Comfortaa or Quicksand or Arista 2.0
      * Official screen body text - Droid Sans
      * Official Print body text - Droid Serif

Suggested Fonts 


Droid Sans 
Droid Serif 

Arista 2.0 


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