Expletus Sans toegevoegd aan Google Web Fonts

Google heeft een nieuw lettertype toegevoegd aan Google Web Fonts. Nu is het feit dat er een nieuw lettertype wordt toegevoegd op zich niet direct bijzonder omdat dit uiteraard vaker voorkomt :-). Echter in dit geval gaat het om een lettertype bedacht door een Nederlander en is daarom het vermelden waard. Het lettertype met de naam Expletus Sans werd bedacht door de 15-jarige Jasper de Waard uit Rotterdam. Google hield een kort interview met hem waarvan hieronder enkele vragen uitgelicht. Het lettertype zelf is hier te vinden, meer over het implementeren in de tutorial: Alle lettertypen met Google.

  • What inspired you to create the font?

    It was a single x in a logo that started me off, but it was largely a search for my own opinions in type design so in a way you could say Expletus Sans was 'self-inspired'.

  • Did you try to accomplish something specific with this font, and did you succeed?

    I wanted to create a look that was completely different from everything I knew. I feel like I definitely succeeded in this.

  • What kinds of documents are most appropriate for this font?

    It could be used for anything that needs a good dose of elegance. I would personally love to see it in identity work.

  • What is your favourite part of the type design process, and why?

    The very beginning. Trying to work out the basic lines of a concept and see the skeleton of the typeface emerge. It pleases me most, because it's the fastest and most rewarding process. After that it's months of tiny little details.

  • How do you feel about publishing your font as an open source project?

    It just happened to me. I never particularly thought about it, until you knocked at my door. It seems like a good way to start and increases the chance of seeing my work in use. I feel like it gives me the chance to make the world just a little bit more beautiful and let others enjoy that too, without charge.

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