The Red Hat Brand team just released Overpass 3.0, designed by the wonderful people at Delve Fonts.
Made for designers and developers
The entire Overpass family was crafted to empower quality design
With eight weights plus true italics in the proportional family and four weights of Overpass Mono, designers have flexibility to set the tone in their work.
From understated text to bold impactful statements, Overpass weights are created to work in a variety of ways in any composition.
Overpass was built for the web
With a low number of control points per-glyph, it compresses subsets smaller than existing commercial alternatives.
Introducing Overpass Mono
Overpass Mono has been created to do justice to our code and commands when they are shown publicly. Snippets in presentations, documentation, and terminals are rendered on behalf of Red Hat in a variety of ways and often without the presence of any logo. Sometimes the code speaks for itself and to help it do that, we wanted an aesthetic that connects and conjures familiarity with our larger visual system.
Overpass Mono is a thoughtful, ‘fixed pitch’ re-imagining of the Overpass proportional design. Consisting of four weights ranging from Light to Bold, with each monospace weight matching the weight of their counterparts in the proportional family.
The Overpass Mono fonts are finely tuned to meet the requirements of today’s programmers. Professional programmers tested Overpass Mono during its development and their input was folded into the design and features. Careful consideration was given to the appearance and vertical position of characters commonly used in contemporary programming languages based on user feedback.
As an example, the zero (0) is dotted for disambiguation from the capital letter ‘O’ but a slashed zero is also provided for those who prefer that form instead. Another example is the six-pointed style and midline position of the asterisk that handily takes up the task of representing the multiplication symbol not typically included on standard keyboards. The initial character set of Overpass Mono is comprised of more than 980 glyphs covering dozens of Latin alphabet based languages and includes complete Unicode ranges for Mathematical Operators and Box Drawing, plus a selection of more than 30 arrows, and more.
The history of the Overpass project
Red Hat engaged Delve Fonts to produce the series and designers Delve Withrington with Dave Bailey and Thomas Jockin worked to produce the font software.
- 2011: The Red Hat UX Team commissioned two Overpass variations for graphical desktop UI elements. Special consideration was made for desktop text layout and hinting.
- 2014: Red Hat Brand team commissioned Overpass Light for copy text for online properties.
- 2015: Red Hat marketing returned to expand the typeface for presentations (including true italics) and deprecated the UI variations of Overpass with a new version with improved silhouettes.
- 2016: The third and latest update includes a rebuild of the entire proportional family along with the all new monospace set.
How designers at Red Hat use Overpass
We strive to adopt the attributes that make effective open communication possible. The accents and angles of our letterforms are easy to notice at a glance but harder to read in verbose reams of text. Just as wayfinding signage must be concise, we strive to be helpful, apparent, and brief.
We love uppercase
Uppercase words in Overpass create a single homogenous design element that is easy to work with and balance. Generous letter spacing and leading where appropriate really “ties the room together.”
We love true italics
For quotable quotes, testimonials and emphasis in copy. Overpass Italics perform well in both text and stand-alone messages because they are not simply slanted versions of the upright letters, rather they are hand-drawn italic forms.
Why no condensed variations?
Condensed type is a solution to a problem we’d rather avoid entirely.
When there is too much text for a composition, It’s a good time to try less.
Of course this is just Red Hat’s preference.
Expansions to Overpass can be made directly using the source or even done as a commission to Delve fonts.