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screenshot of Action


A brilliant specimen. Full of little controls, icons and widgets to play with that alter the appearance and content.

Published on 21 Apr 2020
screenshot of Affogato, A Friendly Sans-Serif Typeface

Affogato, A Friendly Sans-Serif Typeface

Unusually, Affogato leads with a glyph table. Normally this kind of detail is left to the end of a specimen – almost an after thought, unless presenting a comprehensive set of stylistic alternates, or particular support of unusual characters.

Published on 21 Apr 2020
screenshot of Norse Sans

Norse Sans

The specimen leads with an unusual design pattern. A sort of feature carousel/animation in which the user can explore the features and switch weights if they wish. Unusually, this typeface specimen completely does away with any back story, marketing, or designers inspiration and just lays the typeface before the user: ' here are the features, here are my glyphs, buy me if you like me'.

Published on 20 Apr 2020
screenshot of Logical


Beautiful, simple, legible sans serif from Bold Monday. It took me just minutes before I bought this typeface such is the power of this specimen. Leading with key stylistic features focussing on optimum legibility and humanistic feel, the large simple illustration help communicate what can often be type design specialist language. Another bonus of the typeface is the icons and the simply wonderful instructional animations. At the end of the specimen – in case you're not sold yet – we get to the nitty gritty features and glyph tables.

Published on 30 Mar 2020
screenshot of JetBrains Mono

JetBrains Mono

Specimen as product website. There is just so much that can be learnt from how this website communicates the features of the typeface. From compelling layout, to informative animations, to a fantastic comparison table.

Published on 19 Feb 2020
screenshot of Ohno Fatface ☠️ OH no Type Company

Ohno Fatface ☠️ OH no Type Company

The specimens for Ohno's website follow a similar simple design with stacked text containers at different sizes and weights. These areas are editable, but offer no type tester controls. The visual representations and animations of the features of the font work really well. Education, wayfinding, and a little bit of quirky fun, all wrapped into one.

Published on 06 Feb 2020
screenshot of Recursive Sans

Recursive Sans

An amazing variable typeface under development. Not just a typeface, but a 'typographic palette for vibrant code & UI'. Another specimen that tells the features and benefits of the font through interactive and instructional design patterns. Continually inviting the user to get their hands on the typeface, rather than passively observing.

Published on 07 Nov 2019
screenshot of Chalet - House Industries

Chalet - House Industries

House industry specimens – whether in print or on screen – are always a masterclass in simplicity. Design-wise, they only show enough for you to make a decision. What I find refreshing about this specimen is the full browser width design with tiny type tester controls.

Published on 26 Apr 2019
screenshot of Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro

Georgia Pro and Verdana Pro

Superb simple specimen for the web's favourite typefaces: Georgia and Verdana Pro. The best bit about this specimen? The text is all set in web fonts. And it's crystal clear and sharp as a result. Georgia Pro looking especially good.

Published on 08 Nov 2011