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Ubuntu Typography


I conducted an in-depth audit and analysis into the use of typographic elements within the Ubuntu desktop environment. Fromt his investigation I was able to provide recommendations intended to improve legibility through consistency and structure throughout the Ubuntu family.

The project provided the ground work for the graphical interface of Ubuntu Touch. A similar project conducted around icon use was undertaken with Reading University.


Step 1: Audit


A comprehensive audit of how typography is used throughout the Ubuntu desktop was conducted and each element within documented. This was the one of the first projects to examine Ubuntu desktop as a whole entity.







The audit was supported by a map of the components within the desktop.



Step 2: Analysis


Each individual component was then analysed and documented to identify patterns and inconsistencies.





Step 3: Recommendation


From the outcomes of the first two steps, recommendations were made including an improved structure of key interface elements, clarification of font use patterns and a clear, simple font scale made through comprehensive documentation.









Role: Art Direction, Typography
Project:     Font use within Ubuntu Desktop
Client: Canonical
 
Head of Brand & Visual Design: Marcus Haslam
User Experience Lead: Charline Poirier
Interaction Designer: Matthew Paul Thomas