user interface

Former Typophile moderator Zara Vasquez-Evens has written an interesting article on Medium (, prompted by the recent petition for a better user interface for accessing OpenType features in design software (

A few selected quotes:

As I mentioned in the thread for Workplace Sans, at some point I tried experimenting with a variant design that didn't look so stiff and homely. The alternate design was called "Workplace Gothic", and aimed for more of a grotesque style. A few months ago I dusted it off and started trying to rework it into something fit for the life of day.

Like Workplace Sans (with which it shares most of its basic proportions), Workplace Gothic is intended mainly for user interface text in computer software. It's not hinted beyond TypeTool's autohinting; I expect it'll typically be anti-aliased where used.

Sample PDF:

And some images for the link-shy or lazy:

As I may have mentioned elsewhere, I stumbled into type design by semi-accident and have been trying to teach myself the basics ever since. Workplace Sans is the font that got me into the whole mess. :)

Sample PDF (1.1 MB):

This warrants a rather lengthy explanation, so here goes...

Improved Text Handling and Visual Effects Library among New Features for Speeding GUI Development

Monotype Imaging, a leading global provider of text imaging solutions, has launched version 2.6 of its SpectraWorks™ graphical user interface solution, a suite of tools for creating embedded GUIs quickly and inexpensively for consumer electronics devices such as printer control panels, handheld devices and household appliances.

“Developers can quickly integrate popular UI effects without having to build them from scratch, saving valuable time and resources. Text support, already a strong component of our technology, is now even stronger and more flexible with the addition of rich-text format widgets.”

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