Typography

How our words look is as important to our brand voice as the words we choose. That’s why we developed an open, flexible type family that’s all our own. Our font is geometric and sans-serif, inspired by the same classic fonts that also inspired Overpass and Interstate.

Typographic details of Red Hat's new wordmark

And because we’re Red Hat, we aren’t keeping it to ourselves. Red Hat® Display and Red Hat Text are open source fonts under the SIL International license, and are available for anyone to use.

 

Red Hat Display

Red Hat Display is made for headlines and big statements. It’s an embodiment of our brand’s personality—open, straightforward, rational, but friendly and approachable, too. The Display styles have even strokes and tight spacing, with tall, open letterforms.

Red Hat Display comes in 4 weights, each with italics.


Red Hat Display weights

Red Hat Text

Red Hat Text takes all that personality and optimizes it for more demanding applications.

The Text styles have a few tweaks to facilitate extended reading—more contrast between the uppercase and lowercase, narrower width, more generous spacing, and more contrast between thin and thick lines. This makes it easy to read in paragraphs, like in a whitepaper, or at small sizes, like in a tooltip in an interface.

 

Red Hat Text diagram

Red Hat Text comes in 3 weights, each with italics.

 

Red Hat Text weights

Global type

Red Hat Display and Red Hat Text support the extended Latin character set, meaning they’ll work for most European languages. For other languages (like Chinese, Japanese, or Korean), use the Noto Sans font family.

Noto is an open-licensed font family, developed by Google, that aims to support all languages without the little boxes, known as "tofu," that show up when a font doesn’t support a character.

Its simple, clean design makes it a good counterpart for the Red Hat type family.

 

Noto display

Using Red Hat fonts

Use a lot of white space

Do use a lot of white space.

Do use sentence case.

Left justify where you can

Do left-justify.

Make it big

Do make use of large type.

Avoid all caps.

Don’t use all caps.

Don’t add tracking

Don’t change the tracking.

Don’t use blocky text

Don’t use blocky text.

Don't use Red Hat Text for headlines

Don’t use the wrong type.

Examples

Red Hat text sample

Collateral is almost entirely type, made interesting and easy to read with thoughtful variations of size and weight.

Red Hat Display sample

Simple copy set in large type is eye-catching and engaging.

Open fonts from Red Hat

Open design is important at Red Hat. We have a long history of acquiring and liberating software for everyone to use, learn from, and improve upon. And we share other things we create in the same spirit. If it solves a problem for us, maybe it will be useful to someone else.

A sentence typed using the Liberation font

Liberation was created in 2007 to ease formatting issues when documents moved between open and proprietary office tools. It’s built in 4 TrueType font families, including: Liberation Sans, Liberation Sans Narrow, Liberation Serif, and Liberation Mono.

A sentence typed using the Overpass font

Overpass was created in 2016 and expanded several times since then.

Overpass is based on the font originally used on U.S. highway signs, and includes 20 styles, including Thin, Light, Light Italic, Regular, Regular Italic, Semi-Bold, Bold, Extra-Bold, and Black.

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