Oslo Sans is inspired by many generations of streets signs in Oslo, hundreds of which are still in use. Legibility and universal design were a priority when designing the font and therefore the street signs were only used as a starting point towards the new design. Another goal was for the font to be timeless, yet distinct enough to be recognized as Oslo’s font. The font is slightly condensed making it space saving . The City of Oslo has hundreds of diverse services (from tax collection to cultural festivals) so the font needed to be both friendly and formal.
Oslo Sans is designed in four weights plus italics making it simple yet versatile enough to be used by all 53 000 employees or by professionals. The font is designed to work in all formats and contexts- from text on mobile devices to large signs and everything in between.
The dots on the letters “i”, “j” and punctuation marks alternate automatically (built into the font as contextual alternates), to reflect the shapes in the brand identity and are noticeable when used in larger sizes.
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- Designers Marc Ligeti, Thor Erik Ramleth
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- Font Designer Stefan Ellmer