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, vis­it the Lato­Fonts Github page and use the con­tact options pro­vid­ed there.


Kasper Nielsen · 2012-01-01 at 23:50

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

Darek · 2012-01-05 at 15:12

Witam, czy jest szansa na pow­stanie fontu Lato z pol­ski­mi znaka­mi?
Bard­zo prosze o info.

windhamdavid · 2012-01-27 at 15:16

smok­ers are cool. Thanks for the Font. It’s super-duper nice!

Marcin · 2012-02-27 at 10:56

Font jest przepiękny

Paul Neal · 2012-03-14 at 20:03

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

    Łukasz · 2012-03-28 at 19:17

    It makes me hap­py!

Isolde Carrasco · 2012-03-28 at 16:50

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!!

Isolde Carrasco · 2012-03-28 at 16:51

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!!

Carla · 2012-04-26 at 17:47

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 🙂

Marc · 2012-04-29 at 09:23

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

Thanks a lot for shar­ing this font!

DaAwesomeP · 2014-04-09 at 00:36

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.

    DaAwesomeP · 2014-04-09 at 00:45

    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).

Vilja · 2014-07-21 at 08:26

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!

    Łukasz · 2014-07-21 at 22:53

    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.

Piotr · 2014-08-14 at 21:12

Pytanie, kiedy pojawi się na Google font czcionka Lato 2.0 (lub nawet 1.0) wer­s­ja extend­ed Latin?

Dzięku­je za font 🙂

    Łukasz · 2014-09-03 at 11:13

    Niebawem 😉

GwynBleidD · 2014-08-19 at 10:02

Why there is no pol­ish char­ac­ters (or any oth­er non-latin) in google fonts?

    Mike · 2014-11-23 at 21:01

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

piotrbox · 2014-08-21 at 21:33

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:


słabo też jest w chromie na win­dowsie.


na Mac’u wszys­tko OK.

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

    Łukasz · 2014-08-22 at 09:04


Skerok · 2014-09-03 at 09:47

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.

    Łukasz · 2014-09-03 at 10:47


Adrien Tétar · 2014-11-22 at 11:18

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.


    Łukasz · 2014-11-24 at 12:42

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

Catalin · 2014-11-28 at 11:34

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!

    Łukasz · 2014-12-09 at 21:43

    Roman­ian is sup­port­ed I think.

Adrien Tétar · 2014-12-03 at 22:44

Re: Łukasz, VFB files should be well enough – I can gen­er­ate the rest from them. Thanks for your sup­port!

    Adrien Tétar · 2014-12-03 at 22:46

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

    Łukasz · 2014-12-09 at 21:41

    Yes. And a lot more. Stu­pid repet­i­tive job should be auto­mat­ed.

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