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Friday
Jan132012

The Open Sans Typeface – Cool, Sublime and Free

Smashing Magazine recently published an article on High-Quality Free Fonts early this year. Among the beauties they call out, I saw Open Sans by Steve Matteson. It looks quite a bit like Segoe which seems no surprise as Steve Matteson designed them both. And with Segoe being my favorite font these days, I couldn't resist the opportunity to see how they compared.

At first glance, it's very hard to tell them apart as you can see below.

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Of course we'll take a closer look. If you want get a really detailed look, I placed PDFs of my comparison files on my Skydrive

https://skydrive.live.com/redir.aspx?cid=1ff099edb1c7ebfa&resid=1FF099EDB1C7EBFA!1940&parid=1FF099EDB1C7EBFA!1925

 

First a Brief Overview

 

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Key Differences

 

Segoe is in blue. Open sans in in red.

Capital J – Open Sans is distinguished by a J that descends. I don't see this very often on fonts.

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Lowercase g – substantial differences

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Number 1 – Open Sans is more like Segoe WP for this character

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Most of the remaining letters *look* almost exactly the same but on closer inspection, you'll see small differences. None of them seem to be the exact same shape.

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OVERALL COMMENT

  • Cool and modern looking
  • Nice to see that platforms that don't have access to Segoe can get something that looks like it.
  • As a bonus it is available in quite a few variants. Open Sans Light looks especially nice.

 

GET IT HERE

You can download the fonts locally or use it as a web font via Google.

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Reader Comments (1)

FREE fonts!!! Thanks so much! :D

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

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