Lato is a sanserif type­face fam­ily designed in the Sum­mer 2010 by Warsaw-​​based designer Łukasz Dziedzic (“Lato” means “Sum­mer” in Pol­ish). In Decem­ber 2010 the Lato fam­ily was pub­lished under the open-​​source Open Font License by his foundry tyPoland, with sup­port from Google.

In 2013 – 2014, the fam­ily was greatly extended to cover 3000+ glyphs per style. The Lato 2.010 fam­ily now sup­ports 100+ Latin-​​based lan­guages, 50+ Cyrillic-​​based lan­guages as well as Greek and IPA pho­net­ics. In the process, the met­rics and kern­ing of the fam­ily have been revised and four addi­tional weights were created.

In the last ten or so years, dur­ing which Łukasz has been design­ing type, most of his projects were rooted in a par­tic­u­lar design task that he needed to solve. With Lato, it was no dif­fer­ent. Orig­i­nally, the fam­ily was con­ceived as a set of cor­po­rate fonts for a large client — who in the end decided to go in dif­fer­ent styl­is­tic direc­tion, so the fam­ily became avail­able for a pub­lic release.

When work­ing on Lato, Łukasz tried to care­fully bal­ance some poten­tially con­flict­ing pri­or­i­ties. He wanted to cre­ate a type­face that would seem quite “trans­par­ent” when used in body text but would dis­play some orig­i­nal traits when used in larger sizes. He used clas­si­cal pro­por­tions (par­tic­u­larly vis­i­ble in the upper­case) to give the let­ter­forms famil­iar har­mony and ele­gance. At the same time, he cre­ated a sleek sanserif look, which makes evi­dent the fact that Lato was designed in 2010 — even though it does not fol­low any cur­rent trend.

You can learn about this font at http://www.latofonts.com/ and download  the fonts from the website.

Lato fonts are free to use on desktop and on web.