The Team

Łukasz Dziedzic (on the right) with Adam Twar­doch. Photo © 2011 by Dominika Naborowska

The Lato font fam­ily was designed by Łukasz Dziedzic, a Warsaw-​​based type designer with a num­ber of retail and cus­tom font fam­i­lies to his credit (FF Clan, FF Good, FF Good Head­line, FF Mach, FF More, FF Pitu, empik, getin).

His friend Adam Twar­doch, a font devel­oper and typo­graphic activist, did some tech­ni­cal work on the final font files, some project admin­is­tra­tion, some writ­ing, and gen­er­ally tried to keep Łukasz happy.

The good folks at the Google Web Fonts lent their sup­port to the project so that the Lato fonts could be released under the SIL Open Font License (which means: they’re free!). Dave Cross­land piloted the project and has helped us with his good spirit.

All type design and most of the font tech­ni­cal work was done in Font­Lab Stu­dio 5, Łukasz’s favorite instru­ment of self-​​torture. Some True­Type auto­hint­ing was done using FreeType ttfau­to­hint by Werner Lemberg.

And smok­ing is not good for your health, unless you haven’t noticed.

To con­tact the team, e-​​mail team@​latofonts.​com

31 comments

  1. Hi Lato­fonts.. Love your font an i am using it on my site pok​erny​hed​erne​.com with great plea­sure.. Toough i am hav­ing a prob­lem when brows­ing a web­site with the fonts via the browser in the iphone face­book app — the fonts are not readable…

    http://​www​.lato​fonts​.com/​t​e​a​m​/fx. this site: http://​www​.google​.com/​w​e​b​f​o​n​t​s​/​s​p​e​c​i​m​e​n​/​L​ato

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  3. Thanks again for this won­der­ful font. I use it for all my let­ters, cor­re­spon­dence, and my CV where i feel the bal­ance is just per­fect. I’ve also replaced all my sys­tem fonts on iOS with Lato. It’s tak­ing over my life…

    Warm Regards
    Paul

  4. Hello! First of all, con­grat­u­la­tions on a beau­ti­ful Font! We are actu­ally inter­ested in using it in our new cor­po­rate web­page, and stum­bled on a browser prob­lem: the Litos Ultra-​​Bold 900 looks fine in every browser we tested (Safari, Chrome, Fire­fox) with excep­tion of Explorer 9. Is there a solu­tion to this? Thank you in advance!!

  5. Hello! First of all, con­grat­u­la­tions on a beau­ti­ful Font! We are actu­ally inter­ested in using it in our new cor­po­rate web­page, and stum­bled on a browser prob­lem: the Lato Ultra-​​Bold 900 looks fine in every browser we tested (Safari, Chrome, Fire­fox) with excep­tion of Explorer 9. Is there a solu­tion to this? Thank you in advance!!

  6. Hey, Łukasz
    I’m cur­rently a 3rd year Mul­ti­me­dia design stu­dent, and I was given a brief to cre­ate a CMS web­site ded­i­cated to a type­face, the web­site has to reflect the mean­ing of the typeface.

    I came across your type­face, and decided to use it for my project– I was hop­ing that I could maybe get a lit­tle more infor­ma­tion from you about the Lato font, such as: inspi­ra­tion for the design, design process, and ratio­nale.
    Thanks, Carla :)

  7. Con­grat­u­la­tion to this wun­der­ful font! I ♥ Lato!!! It’s great!

    Thanks a lot for shar­ing this font!

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  9. I really love your fonts! I use them in all of my projects — they always fit in.

    The only prob­lem is that I need SVG web­font sup­port (mostly for mobile devices). I’ve been using Font Squir­rel (http://​www​.fontsquir​rel​.com/​t​o​o​l​s​/​w​e​b​f​o​n​t​-​g​e​n​e​r​a​tor), but it would be nice to have some­thing offi­cial and also remove the pain of hav­ing to con­vert them all myself after each update.

    • BTW, be warned that Font Squir­rel will most likely change the font-​​family, font-​​weight, and font-​​style, so be sure it change them your­self after­wards (if you use Font Squirrel).

  10. Hi! Thank you so much for your work, I really like Lato fonts! Did you know in Finnish it means “barn” or “hovel”? :-)

    I was think­ing of donat­ing you some­thing for this awe­some work, but it’s a bit intim­i­dat­ing that the donate but­ton takes me to a pay­pal page with texts in your lan­guage I guess, and I don’t under­stand any­thing… When han­dling money it would be nice to under­stand the texts in English.

    Best Regards!
    Vilja

    • There is exactly same text as on Eng­lish, Fin­ish, Bul­gar­ian and French pay-​​pal pages. Just trans­lated. So if you have seen Fin­ish pay-​​pal page — it’s same.

    • You need to use the latin-​​ext sub­set in Google Fonts selec­tion panel.

  11. Coś makabrycznego dzieje się z LATO pod Inter­net explor­erem (chyba wer­sja 9)
    Font sie total­nie rozlatuje, nie ma połowy znaków. masakra.

    Muszę na mega szy­bko wyłączyć Lato w kilku stronach.

    Wiecie o tym?

    jest jakaś rada? ie 9 ma na pewno nie mały udział w rynku, a nawet nie wiem jak jest na innych wer­s­jach (w 11 chyba jest OK)

    podrzu­cam screen:

    http://​piotr​box​.com/​l​a​t​o​.​png

    słabo też jest w chromie na windowsie.

    http://​piotr​box​.com/​l​a​t​o​2​.​jpg

    na Mac’u wszys­tko OK.

    zrób­cie coś proszę, bo z lato korzys­tam .. od LAT 😀

  12. Fajna rodzinka. A może pomys­li­cie jeszcze nad wer­sją Con­densed dla desk­topu? Brakuje mi jej — szczegól­nie jesli bym musiał wle­wać bardzo duu­u­użo tek­stu w małe pole.

  13. Hi Łukasz, first-​​off thank you for the work you are invest­ing in this project.

    If I may ask, could you con­sider releas­ing the source files of the fonts, and even­tu­ally Post­script bina­ries? (well if the source gets released, I can gen­er­ate them myself anyways)

    As a type designer, I like to have a look at the source files (I would like to look at the out­lines of Aleo and Lato and how they relate), and it’s rather unfor­tu­nate to see type fam­i­lies released under the SIL OFL that don’t pub­lish the source, esp. a high-​​quality and very com­plete fam­ily like Lato.

    Cheers,

    • It’s pretty hard to define what is a source of Lato. Vfb? Otf? All scripts writ­ten for production?

  14. It’s a pity that we can­not use such a beau­ti­ful font only because Roman­ian isn’t sup­ported. We hope it will be in near future!

    • Also, by “all scripts writ­ten for pro­duc­tion” do you mean the scripts that do things like over­lap removal and gen­er­ate the bina­ries automatically?

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