🖼️—FoW, No4: Libre Franklin, a Versatile Font for Friendly Brands
and it can be used for so many purposes : )
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Every week, we profile a new font and dive into trends, facts, and how-tos about using it for design. Welcome to our fourth profile!
And today we have:
Entering... Libre Franklin
Recently, a reader of FontDiscovery asked me for advice about keeping her brand message consistent across different platforms. She wanted tips on how to make her visuals stand out and her brand messages clear.
My advice? Try using just one font across all platforms: try Libre Franklin.
Libre Franklin is as close as you get to a super font -- it can be used for almost anything: app, websites, social media. This is a friendly sans serif that fits all your needs, whether it's the tiny text on a label or the big text on a landing page.
A sans serif is a letterform without the little feet ("serif") at strokes' ends. Sans serifs typically appear bolder than serifs because they have less thick and thin in their strokes. Their bold appearances make them better suited for screen purposes while also giving off vibes of edgy and new. Fashion brands love sans serif for this reason.
Libre Franklin belongs to a type of sans serif, called humanist sans serif, that takes inspiration from traditional calligraphy. Look closely, and you will find that Libre Franklin has a very slight variance in its strokes, reminding us of a soft calligraphic touch. Because it reminds us of handwriting, humanist sans serif is often perceived as less edgy, more friendly than other sans serif types. Many brands, such as Glossier, love these sans serif due to the warmth they offer.
Libre Franklin comes with 18 weights (so many!). It has styles fit for any purpose. Next time, if you are looking for something warm and inviting, give Libre Franklin a try : )
How to use Libre Franklin
If your brand's primary visual brand personality is friendly, give this font a try!
Libre Franklin has many weights, so you will have something you can use for any occasion. Bolder versions are great for social media. Combining different weights can be perfect for information-dense projects like apps, blogs, and landing pages.
Don't use thin, extra light or light for small size texts. It can be tough to see.
Try setting your resume or personal website in Libre Franklin. Do you notice a difference?
Libre Franklin is available on Google Fonts.
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