New fonts for the new blog for the new year(updated )
I have spent the past two days trying to integrate a blog into my portfolio, and I have to admit it might be time to switch typefaces.
The problem is I need the letters ɐ and ɔ because Cantonese uses them (when I use IPA instead of Jyutping — and I do prefer IPA over Jyutping[Note 1]) but these letters are missing in Alegreya. In fact they seem to be missing in many open-licensed typefaces. IPA seems to be a very niche need.
Assuming that I’m going to keep using Brick for webfonts, I looked through what I have on my Mac[Note 2] and came up with a short list:
|Candidate||Designed for Latin?||Italics||Weights (4=regular, 7=bold)||Corporate affiliation||Designer|
|Gentium Plus[Note 3]||✓||✓||✓||SIL||?|
|Junicode||✓||✓||✓||✓||Peter S. Baker|
|Source Code Pro||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Adobe||Paul D. Hunt|
|Source Sans Pro||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||Adobe||Paul D. Hunt|
Well... what a depressingly short list? It has almost none of the faces I now routinely use. There’s also no gender balance.
In any case, considering only my Latin font needs, rationally speaking, Adobe’s Source superfamily is great — it not only has almost every weight, it also has a monospace, a sans-serif, and a serif. What I don’t like is it’s from Adobe.
Now, rationally speaking, my next best choice should be Noto, since my CJK sans-serif fonts are going to come from Noto. Again, the problem is it’s from Google.
So here we are:
this site is going to be set in Lato;
there will be no contrasting serif face.