Choosing a new set of default typefaces for the system

Registered by Antonio Camargo on 2016-10-17

In order to improve the design quality of elementary OS, we should improve the quality of the fonts included in the system. Currently, there're many gimmicky and redundant fonts included in the OS and there's a lack of coverage of some typeface classes.

To start a project to improve this situation, I prepared a list of typefaces that could be used in the new set of system fonts. My main goals were:

* Including a good variety of typefaces from the main categories.

* Choosing good fonts of every family, offering a complete set of nice quality typefaces for every need. The fonts should be chosen with the license in mind, so that we would only include typefaces that are freely distributable.

* Prioritizing fonts with a range of styles (avoiding the ones that have a single style)

This list is the result of my work:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hElei0xMQKLaiL-MKvbUP-huYqQL0uORPy6QYmu4Sw4/

The list may not contain all the typefaces that are being used by the system. "Limelight" and "HVD Bodedo", for example, are not included in this list, even tough they're used in the AppCenter. If it's chosen that these fonts will continue to be used, they should be included in the list.

Finally, I would be pleased to add any member of the Design Team as a contributer to the document.

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