Image by Public Sans via Freebies Bug

Before, government websites relied on Open Source typefaces like ‘Source Sans Pro’ and Google Font’s ‘Roboto’. All that changed last week when the General Services Administration (GSA), which manages the nation’s federal infrastructure, updated its framework for the government’s website designs.

‘US Web Design System 2.0’ (USWDS) ushers in a bespoke sans serif, ‘Public Sans’, that’s now live on some 200 government websites. Instead of being created from scratch, ‘Public Sans’ is a direct extension of ‘Libre Franklin’, which itself is a web-friendly, Open Source variation of ‘Franklin Gothic’.

In comparison with its predecessor, ‘Public Sans’ appears more structured, having been omitted of the rounded terminals in ‘Libre Franklin’, a GSA spokesperson told Motherboard.

In the words of the USWDS team, ‘Public Sans’ is “simple, neutral, and isn’t Helvetica.”

‘Public Sans’ is registered under the SIL Open Font License, which means it’s free for all to use, remix, or redistribute but cannot be repackaged for sale. You can download the entire font tamily here.


Screenshot via Public Sans


Screenshot via Public Sans

[via Motherboard, images via various sources]

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