Nine weights with italics, full latin, cyrillic and greek languages coverage (3025 glyphs per font), improved spacing, kerning...
But today we added ”donate” button on latofonts.com. Just for fans.
Arial is the most widely used ugly font (I can tolerate it about as much as Comic Sans) and for years I thought there was no good way to get rid of it. Registry hacks tend to break certain Windows applications (try using IE or Firefox or Logitech Software Updater after deleting the Arial fonts!) and in-browser hacks (like Stylish stylesheets and Arial replacement scripts) are slow and don't go far enough.
In fact, I never want to see Arial anywhere. Not in Windows apps (Picasa still uses Arial, for example), and not in websites ( , and Box.com all use Arial). It's especially perplexing that Google, a company known for its web innovation, continues to use Arial when it also happens to run the amazing service Google Web Fonts (http://www.google.com/webfonts), which enables you to design websites using an incredible library of free and open-source fonts that look great on the web, without forcing the end user to download anything.
So I got to hacking and took Lato, an incredibly crisp and professional open-source font available from Google Web Fonts here (http://www.google.com/webfonts/specimen/Lato), replaced some of the font metadata with Arial's metadata, and created TTFs that you can install without performing any registry hacks that will--as far as I can tell--completely replace Arial in Windows 7.
At this point, if you hate Arial as much as I do and are ready to exorcise it from your Windows experience, you'll want to back up your original Arial font files just in case. Once you've done that, all you have to do is extract the disguised Lato fonts from my ZIP, select them all, right-click and hit "Install." As long as you have admin privs, it will ask you if you want to replace Arial--say yes and hit the "to all" checkbox--restart your computer, and you won't have to see Arial ever again. Instead, every app that uses Arial will instead use Lato, which is a gorgeous sans serif from the brilliant mind of . Instantly, the Internet looks 1,000,000 times better.
So give it a try, and let me know what you think.
Note: replacing Arial with a different font can have unintended consequences when using apps designed with Arial in mind, like Google Docs. I take no responsibility for what happens as a result of using these fonts.
- tyPolandmyself, present
I was born 1967 in Warsaw. I live there, working as a full-time type designer at my own studio tyPoland, and occasionally teaching classes and workshops in typeface design.
Instead of finishing high school, I worked as a sound technician and, occasionally, actor at a children’s theatre group, spent a year working as a carpenter helper rebuilding 13th-century churches, I lent my voice and bass guitar skills to the band »Dunski Jazz«, and worked as a software developer at the Polish patent office.
During the first free Polish elections of 1989, I briefly worked as a newsboy for Gazeta Wyborcza, the newly-launched, first independent daily newspaper in the country. A year later, I joined the design department of Gazeta Wyborcza and spent seven years there, co-creating the layouts of the main newspaper and its weekly companion magazines, for which I drew my first typeface. I later worked for several other publishing houses in Warsaw, designing newspapers and magazines. In the same time, I drew over a dozen typeface families ranging from large Latin and Cyrillic text families to single display styles. Many of these fonts were originally created for a particular newspaper or magazine layout. Some of them went into regular use or were used occasionally (The Independent, United Airlines, Gazeta Wyborcza, PAGE, MacWelt, GQ India, Vita, Przyjaciółka, Lub Czasopismo, Gość Niedzielny, TeleŚwiat, Komputer Świat, OK!, Twoje Tychy...).
In 2007, I created a three-style Latin and Cyrillic corporate family for empik, one of Poland’s largest press and music retail store networks. In 2011, I created custom font for Getinbank. Since 2007, I have published a number of retail typeface families through FontShop International (FF Clan, FF Good, FF More, FF Mach, & FF Pitu, and the upcoming FF Eggo).
In the Summer of 2010, I designed Lato, a sanserif family with five weights and the accompanying italics (“Lato” means “Summer” in Polish). In December 2010, the Lato family was published under the open-source Open Font License by Łukasz’s foundry tyPoland, with support from Google. Maybe I will extend the character sets of the family in 2011.