[conspire] font used for Ubuntu's "linux for human beings"?

Eric De Mund ead-conspire at ixian.com
Wed Oct 10 23:16:49 PDT 2007


> Are there any font heads in the house?

] I'm a... recovering font head, I suppose.

> I'm looking for the font that the Ubuntu project uses to create the
> words "linux for human beings" in the official Ubuntu strap line. I'm
> interested in producing some jewelcase inserts for Ubuntu, but can't
> find mention of that font anywhere. (It is not "ttf-ubuntu-title", by
> the way. That font is only used for the word "ubuntu" and not the
> phrase "linux for human beings" in UbuntuStrapLogo.png.)
> Here's the image I'm looking at:
> o   Logo with strap line
>     https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Artwork/Official?action=AttachFile&do=get&\
>     target=UbuntuStrapLogo.png

] My first guess was that this is "VAG Rounded". Close, but no cigar:
] http://www.fontshop.com/fonts/downloads/monotype/vag_std_ot/?sample_text=
] linux%20for%20human%20beings&sample_size=36
] The absence of a terminal on the lowercase 'a', or a descender on the
] lowercase 'u', are dead giveaways.
] After poking around some more, I ready to tentatively conclude that
] it's Arial Rounded. The 'a', the 'u', and the distinctively flattened
] top of the 'f' all match. I can't spot any differences. If it's not an
] *exact* match, it's certainly good enough to fool all but the most
] hardened expert.

Thank you for this. I appreciate it very much. I daresay you're right
regarding Arial Rounded.  Thank you too for mentioning VAG Rounded.
That's another attractive font I wasn't really aware of. (Now, however,
after poking around for a day, and coming across:

    The Logos of Web 2.0

, I've been woken up to a fair number of attractive presentation/logo
fonts, all proprietary of course, including Avenir, Bauhaus, DIN, Hel-
vetica Rounded, Trade Gothic, and VAG Rounded.)

I wonder if Ubuntu/Canonical realizes that their tag line is rendered in
a proprietary font....

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