Clear Sans, a New Font Optimized for Small-Screen Readability
Today, we announce the availability of Clear Sans, an OpenType font optimized for readability on small screens. Clear Sans is a versatile typeface with a contemporary, professional, and stylish expression and thoroughly functional purpose.
Years ago, we designed Moblin and MeeGo Netbook user experiences for low-cost hardware platforms, and struggled to find a suitable system font. Imagine a world before high-definition retina displays and touch interaction! Our target hardware platform was a 10.1” screen with 1024x600 resolution, making readability of display fonts a key user need.
Back then, much like now, there were thousands of fonts available for screen and print, and some were even open source. None of them, however, provided us with everything we needed for Netbooks:
- A complete character set for most of the world’s languages.
- Legibility, readability, and glanceability on low-resolution screens.
- Quality that met our expectations.
This problem persists today and is as relevant now as ever. Hardware improves and usages shift, and if anything, the typeface landscape is even more complicated. At Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, we design for all kinds of devices: PCs, tablets, featurephones, smartphones, and automotive devices. For automotive and mobile especially, glanceability and information clarity are important considerations for keeping people safe on the road. These are our motivations for creating Clear Sans, and why it is important for designing experiences that are successful with you, our customers.
Clear Sans is available in desktop and Web formats (TTF, OET, WOFF, and SVG). The font may be used and redistributed under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.