Digital Filbert

Fira Sans: A Typeface by Erik Spiekermann and Ralph du Carois for Mozilla

It is not often that you come across free typefaces that render well in small sizes (on web) and you also happen to develop a fondness for. So, it came as a pleasant surprise to me when I discovered Fira Sans a couple of days back. Designed by Erik Spiekermann and Ralph du Carois of Carois Type Design for Mozilla to be used in their new OS platform, it works extremely well when used in a body copy. Needless to say FF Meta did indeed find its way as an inspiration in Fira Sans’s genesis.

FF Meta is the brand typeface of Mozilla, and it was only natural that they would want to extend the same feel to their OS too but by way of a different typeface. I can’t help but wonder at how in its inception FF Meta was meant to serve the multitudinous requirements and printing conditions of Deutsche Bundespost and how today, almost three decades since, Fira Sans is also required to appear legible across innumerous devices both in terms of width and pixel density.

Fira Sans Typeface from Mozilla

With a possible Serif companion to follow this younger cousin of FF Meta is sure to catch a few designers attention.

Distributed under an OpenSource License here are a few links to get you started,