Lato: The Making Of

Four years of type design and two days of “dig­i­tal film­mak­ing” with Font­Lab Stu­dio, Python, Robo­Fab, librsvg, Adobe After­Ef­fects and Dig­i­tal Per­fomer. This film illus­trates the evo­lu­tion of Lato:


Video: Łukasz Dziedzic & Adam Twar­doch
Sound: Łukasz Dziedzic
(CC) BY 2014 Lato​Fonts​.com

Design: Łukasz Dziedzic
With: Adam Twar­doch & Botio Nikoltchev
Released under the SIL Open Font License
© 2014 typoland

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Get the free Lato Saves Billions font and save billions of dollars!!!


Berlin, War­saw — April 1st, 2014

The team behind the Lato font fam­ily (Łukasz Dziedzic and Adam Twar­doch) have just released a spe­cial ver­sion of the Lato font called Lato Saves Bil­lions. “While Gara­mond can save the U.S. gov­ern­ment mere 400 mil­lion dol­lars, the Lato Saves Bil­lions font can save at least 5 bil­lion dol­lars,” said Adam Twar­doch. “The image above com­pares the Times New Roman, Gara­mond and Lato Saves Bil­lions fonts, all set at 14 pt. You can down­load the free Lato Saves Bil­lions font and try it out on your own com­puter. You will see how much more space-​​efficient Lato Saves Bil­lions is com­pared to other fonts!” Twar­doch con­tin­ued:

Down­load ver­sion April 1st, 2014

Or you can down­load the entire Lato font fam­ily — nine weights with ital­ics, all free!” he con­cluded:

Down­load version

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Lato 2.0 released!

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We’re proud to announce the release of the 2.007 ver­sion of the Lato fam­ily. We’ve worked on it for almost a year. It’s the first release of the com­plete rework­ing of Lato. It’s already very good, but there may be some issues here and there. If you find some prob­lems, let us know!

The fam­ily now con­sists of nine weights with ital­ics, and each font includes 2300+ glyphs, so the fam­ily now sup­ports 100+ Latin-​​based lan­guages, 50+ Cyrillic-​​based lan­guages as well as Greek and IPA pho­net­ics. We also revised the met­rics and kern­ing of the fam­ily. Note: the Reg­u­lar and Medium weights have very lit­tle dif­fer­ence, so you can pick either for text pur­poses. You can also pick the Reg­u­lar weight for dark-​​on-​​light text, and the Medium for light-​​on-​​dark.

Down­load Lato 2.007 TTFs

The Lato font fam­ily is avail­able as a free down­load under the SIL Open Font License 1.1. The fonts can be used with­out any lim­i­ta­tions for com­mer­cial and non-​​commercial pur­poses. They can be also freely mod­i­fied if the terms of the license are observed.

Click on Down­load TTF to down­load a ZIP archive con­tain­ing ver­sion ver­sion 2.007 of the Lato fonts in TrueType-​​flavored Open­Type for­mat (.ttf), which you can install on your com­puter.

Use Lato 2.007 fonts on the web

Cur­rently, the Lato fonts on Google Fonts are still the older 1.0 ver­sion. If you’d like to use the new 2.007 ver­sion on your web­site, you need to install a “self-​​hosted web­font kit” on your server. We do not pro­vide sup­port or instruc­tions how to install these fonts on your web­site! You need to fig­ure it out on your own! :)

Click on Down­load Web­fonts to down­load a ZIP archive con­tain­ing ver­sion 2.007 of the Lato fonts as a web­font kit for self-​​hosting.

The ZIP con­tains two sub­fold­ers: Lato and Lato­Latin. The Lato sub­folder con­tains web­fonts with the com­plete char­ac­ter set (250−700 KB per font) while the Lato­Latin sub­folder con­tains smaller ver­sions that only include the most impor­tant glyphs for Euro­pean Latin-​​based lan­guages (75−200 KB per font).

Sup­port Lato development!

If you’d like to sup­port the devel­op­ment of the Lato fam­ily, please con­sider a donation:

Best regards, and have fun with this release!
Łukasz Dziedzic & Adam Twardoch

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