System Fonts


Lately I’ve noticed people mentioning the use of system fonts in web design. Supposedly it all started with Medium a year ago, described in this article. The idea is that the web experience should not differ that much from what the rest of the client UI looks like.

I think this is great, I’ve felt for a long time that the web should settle on some sort of UI toolkit for the most common tasks. It’s like the whole world is doing a Kai’s Powertools, if you remember that.

However, it turns out that I’m not better than anyone else, as I’ve been using custom fonts on this site. In the spirit of continuous improvement, I’ve switched to system fonts by using approach B mentioned in the article above, which hopefully should work out for everybody. Please ping me if it looks weird somewhere.