What do you do when you need a simple, versatile text typeface that you can share with everyone? Professional typefaces are expensive,1, 2 Arial and Verdana look like 90's Microsoft Word, and most free fonts are either ugly, limited, or don’t support enough languages.
For my day job as the graphic designer for 350.org, I make a lot of guides and templates for our volunteers around the world, but without typefaces those templates aren't very useful — typography is the foundation of good design.
So I made Klima. Now in version 2, with three new weights and redrawn italics, free for all non-commercial use.
One typeface, six weights, twelve fonts. Light and regular are great for paragraphs and longer passages of text. Heavy is best at larger sizes, like on banners, signs, or headlines.
Over one hundred Latin-alphabet languages supported, see below for the full list.
Do you know how many un-subscripted 2's a graphic designer at a climate change organisation has to look at? Never worry about an un-subscripted 2 in CO2 again (in applications that support OpenType).
If you have any problems using Klima in one of these languages, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! You're looking at them right now — the same webfont files used on this page are included in the download. The following formats are included:
Commercial use of Klima is not allowed under the license without prior written authorization.
Why? I don't want to undercut professional type designers. They do great work, and deserve to be paid for their labors! If you need a font for commercial use, try buying a professionally-designed one. You probably won't regret it. See the "alternatives" section below for recommendations.
With that said, there are always exceptions. If you'd like to use Klima for commercial purposes, email me at email@example.com and we can discuss it.
DIN was a big source of inspiration for Klima, so my first suggestion would be to check out FF DIN. Here are some other typefaces that have similar qualities to Klima:
And here are some type foundries who do great work, generally:
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