Droid Sans

Dan Williams dcbw at redhat.com
Thu Apr 29 17:55:15 UTC 2010


On Thu, 2010-04-29 at 10:58 -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-04-28 at 23:16 -0400, Bill Nottingham wrote:
> > Jeremy Perry (jeremy.perry at redhat.com) said: 
> > > Here is a quick rundown. 
> > > 
> > > Things I know or are my opinions as a designer:
> > > - Deja Vu Sans is a very vide font, and in many cases causes "ugly" ui because of the amount of space it consumes. Screen space is at a premium and this font makes the issue worse by being one of the widest out there. This is a big pain point in places like dialogs and skinny window titles.
> > > - Deja Vu Sans is known to be tricky to render on screen - some letters just have awkward spacing and widths no matter what you do (bowls on d's seem compressed, etc). I blogged about this as it relates to Fedora: http://blogs.fedoraproject.org/wp/jperry/2009/10/30/when-rendering-text-on-screen-every-pixel-counts/
> > > - it looks old - compare it to any other modern UI.
> > > - The bold is really quite bad and amplifies the issues above.
> > > 
> > > Things I dont know as fact but suspect about Deja Vu Sans
> > > - Wasn't designed for UI use specifically. UI fonts are not made for documents, or vice versa.
> > > - Hasn't been as rigorously crafted and tweaked by fontographers for best fitting and spacing
> > 
> > OK. I did some quick comparisons which can be seen at:
> > 
> > http://notting.fedorapeople.org/font-tests/
> > 
> > if people are interested.
> 
> Disclaimer: I only looked at the English images.
> 
> Droid is certainly thinner, which is probably worthwhile, but I'm not
> sure it's uniformly better.  The left vertical stroke in H in "Hardware"
> looks like a hinting failure.  That's sort of a general observation
> though, vertical strokes don't look like they have consistent thickness,

http://notting.fedorapeople.org/font-tests/droid-en.png

Vertical strokes look really bad on u/n/h/m.  Look at Sound,
Authentication, or Mouse; the tall vertical stroke on the left of the
'h' is 2x as wide as the short vertical stroke on the right.

It looks really tacky.  Like a badly scaled down image.

Dan



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